Sep 19, 2001

Seagate Disc Drives Chosen for Maximum PC's "Dream Machines 2001"

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate's leadership in data storage performance, capacity, and reliability was again demonstrated as MaximumPC magazine selected both Seagate's Barracuda 180 and Cheetah 73LP disc drives for its "Dream Machines 2001" in the September 2001 issue. As the disc drive with the world's largest capacity, the Barracuda 180 can store an astounding 181.6 gigabytes of information in its 3.5-inch form factor. The Cheetah 73LP's combination of blazing 10,000-rpm performance and high capacity of 73.1 gigabytes were ultimately deemed unmatchable by the competition according to MaximumPC's editors. Of the three Dream Machines built by MaximumPC, the Seagate drives were used for the Content Creation Box "Dreadnaught a.k.a. The Fridge," described by the editors as "the biggest, baddest, and most well-equipped of our three PC warriors."

"Each year, MaximumPC's Dream Machines are put together based on using the very best products the industry has to offer," said Maximum PC Senior Editor Gordun Ung. "Seagate's Barracuda 180 and Cheetah 73LP are the clear best-in-class storage products in their respective 7,200- and 10,000-rpm categories and performed flawlessly in these leading-edge machines."

The MaximumPC editorial team knew what their storage objectives were: "Content creation requires reliable hard-drive performance (for high, sustained transfer rates) and considerable hard-drive capacity (to store gigantic sound and video files). To deliver performance we went with a pair of Seagate 73LPs. Recognized as the fastest 10,000 RPM Ultra160 SCSI drives on Earth, the 73LPs are sustained-transfer-rate kings and hold 73GB each. But 146GB of storage wouldn't be enough for many video-editing projects so we added a 180GB 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda 180 the largest consumer hard drive available, and another sturdy link in The Fridge's Ultra160 SCSI chain."

"Seagate's Cheetah 73LP disc drive was developed because of the continued need for increasingly faster transaction-processing performance and higher capacities in today's storage systems," said Henry Fabian, Seagate director of Enterprise and Personal Storage Product Marketing. "The demand for storage continues to be astronomical a recent UC Berkeley study indicated that worldwide production of new original digital content is more than 1.6 million terabytes per year. As a result, there is also a strong demand for low cost-per-gigabyte enterprise storage solutions such as the Barracuda 180, made for data warehousing, data mining, A/V and other applications that require large storage capacity."

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