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Essential Guide to Computer Data Storage: From Floppy to DVD, The by Andrei Khurshudov

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Understanding MO Drive Specifications

Finally, let's take a look at the high-end 3.5" and 5.25" MO drive specifications (from www.cnet.com) and try to interpret them (see Tables 5-4 and 5-5).

Table 5-4. HP SureStore 5200ex 5.2GB Magneto-Optical Drive (5.25")
Characteristics Comment
Platform(s)PC, MacMeant for both PC and Mac
Drive typeMagneto-optical 
Internal or externalExternalMounted inside the PC
Max. capacity5.2 GBMeans the maximum formatted capacity of the media
Rotational speed3,000 RPMConstant angular velocity (like HDD)
Avg. seek time25 msCharacterizes speed of access to randomized data; 25 ms is good for the MO drive
Avg. access time35 msThe interval between the time a request is made by the system and the time the data is available from the ...

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