Sep 26, 2000

Seagate Introduces its First TapeStor DAT 240 Value Bundle Solution for Small- to Mid-Size Networks

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Seagate Technology, LLC, (NYSE:SEG), a leading manufacturer of computer tape drive products, today announced the latest addition to its award-winning, extensive DDS (Digital Data Storage) line with the introduction of the TapeStor® DAT 240 based on DDS-4 technology. The bundled TapeStor DAT 240 solution features the Scorpion® 240 DDS-4 autoloader with free Veritas Backup Exec® server solution software for WIN NT/2000 and Novell NetWare, DDS-4 media, a six-cartridge magazine, cleaning cartridge, software utilities and easy-to-follow multi-language instructions.

"The Seagate TapeStor DAT 240 is an ideal, complete backup solution providing best-in-class reliability, performance and compatibility for a wide range of networks," said Bob Sparanese, director of marketing, Seagate Removable Storage Solutions LLC. "We have developed an enhanced product package to meet the needs of small- to medium-sized business customers that require a nightly backup of data with a more robust, automated backup solution. The TapeStor DAT 240 combines the high reliability and performance of our Scorpion 240 autoloader with the tools and convenience designed to protect the valuable information our customers rely on every day."

The Seagate TapeStor DAT 240 includes the Scorpion 240 autoloader, which offers up to 240 Gbytes of compressed capacity (based on 2:1 compression), and includes a cartridge magazine that holds six DDS-4 40-Gbyte cartridges. A cleaning cartridge can be substituted for a tape in one of the cartridge slots allowing unattended cleaning.

The Scorpion 240 autoloader is fully compatible with all DDS-1, DDS-2, DDS-3 and DDS-4 cartridges so that the customer's existing investment in DDS tape is protected as the previous-generation cartridges will run faster and at the new performance levels. Utility and backup software allows the system to detect nearly full or defective tapes and automatically switch to the next data cartridge.

The Scorpion 240 autoloader features several innovations such as improved read/write heads, a sapphire cleaning blade and a capstan cleaner housed in an Environmentally Sealed Chamber. The Scorpion 240 can transfer data at rates of up to 5.5 Mbytes per second with a 15-second average file access from any cartridge. It features a field-proven mechanism that uses an electronic tape path control to ensure long life for the head, drum and key components.

The Scorpion 240 includes a step button that allows the operator to manually step through the cartridges one by one and a four-line LCD display that communicates up-to-the-minute operation information, such as drive status, cartridge position, loading/unloading commands and any insertion errors. Users can select operational information to be displayed in English, French, German or Spanish, and the LED screen can be adjusted to read horizontally or vertically.

The TapeStor DAT 240 value bundle is covered by Seagate's industry-leading three-year warranty and is available through authorized Seagate distributors and resellers worldwide. In the United States, products are available on the Internet at Seagate's new interactive online store for tape products at For more information on Seagate TapeStor solutions, tape drives, data cartridges and accessories, customers in the U.S. can call 1-800-626-6637 or 714-641-2500. Photos of the Scorpion 240 are available on the World Wide Web at

Currently commanding the second-largest share of the worldwide DAT market with its Scorpion line, according to Dataquest, Seagate is a leading producer of internal and external DAT drives and bundled solutions sold to OEMs and through distributors to resellers and VARs.

Seagate Tape Drives and Data Cartridges LTO, DDS and Travan
Seagate, along with fellow technology providers Hewlett-Packard and IBM, created Linear Tape-Open, or LTO, technology, a new powerful, scaleable, open tape architecture that will meet the growing storage demands of midrange to enterprise-class servers with up to 200 Gbytes of data per cartridge. The LTO Ultrium format is a high capacity linear tape.

With more than 10 million tape drives installed, Seagate is a market leader in tape backup solutions. Seagate produces an extensive range of products designed to meet the backup needs of virtually every platform from high-performance workstations to midrange servers. Scorpion&; Digital Audio Tape (DAT) drives and autoloaders with capacities of up to 240 Gbytes are suited for a wide range of platforms including large PC servers and Unix workstations. To meet the backup requirements of small servers and NT workstations, Seagate's Hornet Travan drives have capacities of up to 20 Gbytes. The Company also offers TapeStor Travan and TapeStor DAT bundled solutions that include backup software, media and other accessories. Seagate provides branded data cartridges for all of the tape drives it markets.

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