For the entire article click hereAlthough the Maxtor QuickView Expander hard drive will eventually ship in retail, the drive will initially be preformatted for use with satellite and cable set-top boxes, a Maxtor spokeswoman said. The company has not set pricing on the drive, which will hold 160-Gbytes, or enough for 160 hours of standard-definition recording time, Maxtor said.
The new QuickView Expander drive will ship this summer to set-top OEMs. The drive will connect to the set-top either via an external SATA connection or via USB-2, Maxtor spokeswoman Karen Clyne said. An IEEE 1394 connection is being investigated, she said. Although storage vendors have yet to widely offer external SATA drives, the cabling standard supporting external SATA was recently approved