Apr 06, 1998

Seagate Announces New Medalist Hard Drive for Desktop Computing

Committed to providing best-in-class products to help people get their information when, where and how they want it, Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) today announced the newest addition to its award-winning Medalist line of 3.5-inch hard disc drives for desktop computers. Highly-leveraged from Seagate's Ultra ATA-interface Medalist predecessors, the 10.2-Gbyte Medalist 10240 utilizes proven technology and value-added features that make it easy for users to store and access vast amounts of digital information. The Medalist 10240 supplies enough capacity to store daily satellite weather images from now to the year 2138.

As people's lives become increasingly information-centric, they need to quickly and easily get to the digital information they need - in the format they need it, said Phil Detwiler, senior vice president of Marketing. With over 10 Gbytes of capacity and strong performance, the Medalist 10240 is an excellent storage solution for users seeking to turn vast amounts of data into actionable information. The new drive also takes the next step in greater ease-of-integration, leveraging established technologies across many product families. This enhances customers' abilities to easily integrate the Medalist 10240 into desktop computer systems.

Offered across a wide range of platforms including mainstream and high-end desktop computer systems, the Medalist 10240 spins at 5,400-rpm, performs 11-millisecond average seeks and is capable of transferring data at a rate up to 33 Mbytes/second via the Ultra ATA interface. This drive utilizes magneto-resistive heads, enabling Seagate to achieve higher areal densities, and partial response-maximum likelihood (PRML) read channel technology for faster throughput during read/write operations. The Medalist 10240 also features a newly designed mechanical latch for greater resistance to nonoperational shock.

The Medalist 10240 incorporates Seagate's innovative SeaShield PCB protective device for improved reliability. In addition, the Medalist 10240 ships through the channel with Seagate's exclusive DiscWizard installation and partitioning software.

About SeaShield
SeaShield provides a surface where installation instructions, key specifications, and important drive parameters and jumper settings are printed. With convenience and practicality in mind, Seagate has placed all key information right on the disc drive itself. SeaShield's protective cover for the drive's printed circuit board (PCB) prevents users from touching sensitive electronics during installation, keeping the drive safe from electrostatic discharge. In addition, SeaShield protects the drive from minor impact damage like knocks, bumps, and screwdrivers that can slip during installation.

About DiscWizard
Seagate's exclusive DiscWizard software program is an easy-to-use, graphical tool for installing, formatting and partitioning hard disc drives. DiscWizard analyzes the existing desktop system configuration and provides customized, detailed instructions on how to accomplish the type of installation best suited to the user's needs. DiscWizard also addresses limitations of system BIOS and operating systems that can complicate installation of ATA-interface drives over 8.4 Gbytes in capacity.

The Medalist 10240 specifies a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating of 300,000 hours, and comes with a standard, three-year limited warranty. This drive is scheduled to enter production this calendar quarter.

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) is a leading provider of technology and products enabling people to store, access, and manage information. Seagate is committed to providing best-in-class products to help people get their information when, where and how they want it. Seagate is the world's largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, an innovator in tape drives, and a leading developer of software for information availability, access and analysis. With over $8 billion in revenues for its 1997 fiscal year, Seagate can be found around the globe and on the World Wide Web at http://www.seagate.com.

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