Sep 24, 2003

New Seagate External Hard Drive Is Easiest, Most Rugged, And Coolest On the Market

Seagate (NYSE:STX), the world's leading provider of the world's most robust hard drives, announced that its new External Hard Drive is now available at major retailers in the US. With stunning good looks, cool-running ruggedness, easy push-button backup, award-winning backup software, and a convenient on/off switch for power savings and data security, the Seagate External Hard Drive was developed from the ground up to deliver the highest consumer design standards ever seen in a hard drive.

"Consumers think of their external hard drive as a storage locker or a suitcase, so we made our new drive simple to use. In it you can store photos, music, movies, or whatever else doesn't fit on your computer's hard drive - or keep backup copies of business papers and presentations," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "We also made it noticeably more rugged than any other external drive - customers expect that from the world's favorite hard drive maker."

Seagate's push-button backup feature uses BounceBack Express software, based on the award-winning ABSplus from CMS Peripherals - it backs up faster and easier than other external hard drive backup methods. Seagate's push button lights up so you know backup is underway, and the light fades out when the drive has completed its back up routine. The user's first backup makes a copy of the entire drive. After that, only new changes are backed up, enabling a rapid process. Seagate drives with BounceBack Express save and restore files in their native format, simplifying and speeding up the process. BounceBack Express automatic backup software incorporates scheduling, backup sets, automatic launcher and simple restore features. CMS backup software has been recognized as the industry's best, with awards including Best of Comdex, CNET Top 10 Must Haves, Laptop Magazine Ultimate Choice Award, MacAddict Award, and Macworld Best of Show.

With Seagate's unique interlocking design, users can stack multiple drives horizontally or place the drive vertically for the smallest footprint on the market. A sturdy, upright stand and non-slip rubber feet on two sides ensure the drive can be arranged in many convenient ways and will not slide around or slip off a desk. And users can plug and unplug the drive without turning off the computer.

Built of a strong acrylic/polycarbonate material the Seagate External Hard Drive is the most rugged and reliable external hard drive available. It runs much cooler than other external drives, because it's designed to dissipate heat in any configuration - vertical or stacked. Seagate hard drives are safeguarded by built-in self-monitoring technology that continuously checks for data safety and drive performance, and by SeaTools(tm) diagnostic software. Plus, lifetime tech support means that users can call for friendly technical advice for the whole long life of the drive.

Seagate External Hard Drive consumer-friendly features
* Push-button backup - Award-winning BounceBack Express(tm) software from CMS.
* On/off switch - No more concerns that your hard drive hasn't been shut down safely. Better data security, for always-on internet connections.
* Looks cool, stays cool - Designed to dissipate heat from your hard drive. Runs much cooler than other external hard drives.
* Hot-swappable - Connect and disconnect without turning off your computer.
* Stackable - Unique interlocking design lets you expand your Seagate storage securely.
* Position vertically or horizontally, with upright stand and non-slip rubber feet.
* World's quietest 7,200-RPM hard drive with a state-of-the-art, ultraquiet SoftSonic motor.
* USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces, for PC and Macintosh
* 8-Mbyte cache
* 160-Gbytes now, 200-Gbytes later this year

The 160-Gbyte version of the Seagate external hard drive is available in the U.S. at Best Buy, CompUSA, DataVision and J&R stores, and online at PC Connection, Multiple Zones, MicroWarehouse and 4sure.com. The new drive will ship to global markets next year. The suggested retail price is $269 for the 160-Gbyte model and $299 for the 200-Gbyte model.

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

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