Sep 29, 1997

Seagate Debuts New Medalist Hard Disc Drive Lineup with Full Range of Capacity Points for Desktop Computers

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) today announced four new additions to its award-winning Medalist line of 3.5-inch, Ultra ATA-interface hard disc drives for desktop computers. Available in capacities ranging from 2 Gbytes to 8 Gbytes, these drives provide customers with the ability to leverage an entire Ultra ATA product line spanning from entry-level and value-class PCs to technology-rich, high-end desktop PCs.

"With one of the most comprehensive offerings of disc drives in the industry, Seagate continues to provide the products that enable people to get their information when, where and how they need it," said Phil Detwiler, senior vice president of Marketing. "These new Medalist drives offer a blend of capacity, performance, and added-value features for easy integration into almost every desktop application available today."

The Medalist 8641 (ST38641A), Medalist 6531 (ST36531A), Medalist 4321 (ST34321A) and Medalist 2110 (ST32110A) feature capacities of 8.6 Gbytes, 6.5 Gbytes, 4.3 Gbytes and 2.1 Gbytes, respectively. All four drives spin at 5,400-rpm, perform 11-millisecond average seeks and are capable of transferring data at a rate up to 33 Mbytes/second via the Ultra ATA interface. These drives utilize 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 drives also feature a new, form-fitted top cover that dampens acoustics for quieter operation and are resourcefully designed with advanced power management capabilities to save energy.

All four Medalist drives incorporate Seagate's innovative SeaShield PCB protective device for improved reliability. In addition, Medalist drives greater than 2.1 Gbytes in capacity ship through the channel with Seagate's exclusive DiscWizard installation and partitioning software, enabling users to easily install a Medalist drive in their computer system.

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.

The Medalist 8641, Medalist 6531, Medalist 4321 and Medalist 2110 specify a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating of 300,000 hours, and come with a standard, three-year limited warranty. All four drives are scheduled for production in the fourth calendar quarter of this year.

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 need it. Seagate is the worlds largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, a market leader in tape drives, and a leading developer of software for information availability, access and analysis. With nearly $9 billion in revenues for its 1997 fiscal year, Seagate can be found around the globe and on the World Wide Web at


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