Aug 02, 1995

Seagate Offers Broadest Range of Disc Drives to Carry Windows 95 Logo

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE: SEG) has compiled the broadest line of disc drives to pass Microsoft Corp.'s "Designed for Windows 95" logo qualification program, assuring OEMs, resellers and users of compatibility with the highly anticipated next-generation personal computer operating system.

The testing, conducted by Microsoft's Compatibility Labs, verifies each drive's compliance to Microsoft's specific functionality and installation requirements. To date, more than ten Seagate products have been verified by Microsoft to meet the software manufacturer's stringent performance standards to operate properly in the Windows 95 environment.

Qualified Windows 95 products from Seagate range in capacity from 545 Mbytes to 4.3 Gbytes and are designed for applications extending from desktop and laptop computer systems to server environments. Specifically, those drives "Designed for Windows 95" include Seagate's 3.5-inch Medalist and Decathlon drives with 16.6-Mbyte/sec Fast ATA-2 interfaces, which feature capacity points of 545 Mbytes, 850 Mbytes, 1.08 Gbytes, and 1.27 Gbytes for desktop PCs. For notebook computers, Seagate's Marathon family of 2.5-inch Fast ATA-2 disc drives provide high storage capacities while complying to Microsoft Compatibility Labs' Windows 95 requirements.

Seagate's SCSI-based disc drives, which are also approved by Microsoft as "Designed for Windows 95," take advantage of the Plug-and-Play attributes of the new operating system. The Hawk 2LP drives provide SCSI-based personal computer users with data storage capacities as high as 2.14 Gbytes and 5,400-rpm performance, making them ideal for mainstream SCSI desktop applications. Seagate's higher-performance 7,200-rpm Barracuda 2LP and Barracuda 4 disc drive families up to 4.3 Gbytes will also carry the Windows 95 logo to provide both leading-edge performance and capacities to high-end Windows 95 server and workstation environments.

"Windows 95 will usher in unprecedented storage requirements on the mainstream PC market," said Phil Detwiler, Seagate's vice president of World Wide Marketing. "The new and emerging applications that will follow in the wake of the availability of Microsoft's new operating system will push entry-level PC disc capacity requirements into the gigabyte range, and Seagate is leading the disc drive industry by offering not only the broadest line of disc drives available to the computer industry, but to new and emerging mainstream system environments like Windows 95 PCs."

According to a recent Dataquest report,1more than 70 percent of all magnetic disc drives currently in use offer capacities less than or equal to 500 Mbytes. In line with the continuing demand for more storage capacity, the typical amount of storage space necessary to contain the Windows operating environment is expected to increase more than six-fold with the debut of Windows 95, requiring many users to consider upgrading lower-capacity storage devices.

Testing at Seagate facilities has determined that while the change in drive performance between the Windows 3.1X and Windows 95 environment is marginal, significant performance increases of up to 60 percent can be achieved for such older units simply by upgrading the hard drive. Factors contributing to this performance increase include the evolution of new interface protocols previously unavailable to lower-capacity disc drives, such as the industry-wide Fast ATA-2 and Fast SCSI-2 standards. All Seagate models accepted by Microsoft as "Designed for Windows 95" take advantage of one or more of these new interfaces, while providing full backward-compatibility to older ATA (IDE) and SCSI standards.

(1) Source: Dataquest, May 15, 1995, "Rigid Disk Drives Market Statistics," Table 2-10