Mar 08, 1999

Seagate's New Drives Lead Industry with Non-Operating Shock Specification of 300 G

Seagate leads the industry with a new disc drive non-operating shock spec of 300 Gs and the expansion of its SeaShield System, both featured in new Desktop products announced today. "Robustness is the most influential feature in a disc drive's reliability," said Brian Dexheimer, senior vice president of Desktop Marketing and PLM. "The closest competitor in regard to standard non-operating shock tests is specified at 250 Gs."

In today's competitive hard disc drive industry, with capacity and interface upgrades occurring almost simultaneously among the major drive manufacturers, robustness-or the amount of non-operational shock a drive can withstand-is becoming a key area of differentiation for disc drive purchasers.

According to Dexheimer, "In an independent brand research study performed in 1998, resellers ranked reliability as the number one most influential feature in recommending a product, outweighing even such attributes as performance and price."

These industry-leading specs have been established through a number of design enhancements in the drive's read-write heads, suspension, and actuator.

The expanded SeaShield System will ship with Seagate's new Medalist 17242 and U4 product families and future products as well. Features include:

  • Enhanced Handling protection
  • Installation aids, including DiscWizard
  • Data-integrity features, including S.M.A.R.T., ECC and Safe Sparing
  • Additional tools to reduce returns for nondisc-related system problems
The new U4 drive family features an additional handling protection feature: a Soft SeaShield Cover. This cover, made of a shock-absorbing, flexible material, provides extra non-operating shock protection and also serves as a Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) cover (similar to Seagate's hard SeaShield cover) to shield the board against electrostatic discharge and other handling damage.

Seagate's newly expanded SeaShield System also adds a diagnostic tool called Drive Self Test (DST) to its suite of features, starting with the Medalist 17242 and U4 families. DST protects users' data by enabling a customer to test and diagnose a drive before removing it from the system and risking data loss. The result of many years of engineering analysis and development, DST has been incorporated into the drives' firmware. It is expected to dramatically reduce the number of drives returned to Seagate with "no trouble found," and to enable users to preserve their data intact by preventing returns for non-disc related problems.

The SeaShield System ships with all new Seagate desktop drives. These expanded features for improved robustness and reduced returns are incorporated into the new Medalist 17242 and U4 product families, and will be incorporated into future product families as well.

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This release contains forward-looking statements relating to shipment and delivery of the Medalist 17242 and the U4 platforms. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the ability of the Company to successfully develop and market the Medalist 17242 and U4 platforms. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof.