Jul 07, 2000

Seagate Barracuda ATA Family Wins Top Marks From Technology Experts

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG), the world's leading disc drive supplier, is pleased to announce that its Barracuda ATA family of drives has received awards and recognition from some of the leading IT publications in the Asia Pac region. The Barracuda ATA series is targeted at value performance and commercial desktop computer systems.

In January of this year, Seagate launched next generation Barracuda ATA II disc drive, offering up to 30.6 Gbytes of storage capacity. The Barracuda ATA II features the fastest seek time and data transfer rates in its class, an improved platform with new electronics, a four-fold increase in cache, and fifty percent higher capacity per disc, for up to 15 percent better performance over all previous ATA hard drives.

Continuing a tradition of excellence built on award-winning products, the Barracuda ATA series has garnered numerous awards and accolades from industry experts worldwide. In June, the Barracuda ATA was named "Editor's Choice" by Insane Hardware Australia and scored "a review rating of 9.3/10" in PCinsight India. It also received rave reviews such as "the best among other 7,200 RPM drives reviewed" (PC Shopper China), "Editor's Choicebest product thus far for IDE segment" (Computer & Game China), "big capacity, high speed HDD" (PC World Vietnam) and "remarkable performance in both speed and capacity" (Microsoftware Korea).

Recently, the Barracuda ATA II received recognition from several leading ITpublications. It won the "Editor's Choice" with PC Magazine Australia, 'Best Product" with Korean Daily Electronic Times (K-Bench), and was tagged "HDD with high capacity" (Computimes Malaysia), "Truly a fish worth keeping" (PC World Singapore) and "Impressive performance" (CHIP India). Oh! PC Japan gave the drive "Five stars for Speed" and called it "a super-fast drive that provides reliability and performance," and PC World Philippines heaped praises for the drive's "spanking speed."

"The Barracuda ATA series provide leading performance and value storage to business, the Internet and high-end desktop applications," said Joel Stead, Seagate's senior vice president of International Sales & Marketing. "We are pleased with these press awards and recognition bestowed on our Barracuda ATA series - a clear evidence of Seagate's commitment to delivering best-in-class storage solutions. Seagate continues to strive on that commitment going forward."

All Barracuda ATA disc drives feature the 3D Defense System, the industry's best and most comprehensive drive, data and diagnostic protection package. With G-Force Protection (GFP), the Barracuda ATA series can withstand the most nonoperating shock of any 7,200 RPM drive. Seagate's proprietary SeaShield protects the drive's sensitive PCB, and the exclusive SeaShell packaging protects drives through the entire integration process from over 1,000 Gs of shock. Seagate's unique Safe Sparing feature, plus the S.M.A.R.T. system and Error Correction Code, defend user data against corruption. When a PC system experiences trouble, SeaTools graphical diagnostic software positively identifies whether a disc drive is functioning properly, and if so, points the user to alternate solutions. This saves the customer from needing to remove the drive, thereby reducing the risk of lost data, and helps speed the diagnosis of system problems.

Seagate is currently shipping the new Ultra ATA/100 interface on its Barracuda ATA II disc drive, the industry's fastest desktop PC disc drive, to OEM customers.

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