Mar 21, 2002

Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS) Announces Appointment of Howard Matthews to VP and General Manager

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS), a Seagate company and a leading manufacturer of computer tape drive and tape head products, today announced the appointment of Howard L. Matthews as vice president and general manager for Seagate RSS, effective March 20, 2002. Matthews will oversee the continued strategic development and direction of RSS including all functions for the group?s Sales and Marketing, Engineering, Quality, Product Management and Planning and Manufacturing Operations. Larry McMannon, Seagate RSS vice president and general manager for the past four years, has announced his retirement. Howard Matthews will report to Don Waite, president of Seagate RSS and executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Seagate Technology.

"Business-critical data protection continues to be a priority for organizations of all sizes and Seagate RSS is committed to its leadership position to deliver 'best in class' data protection solutions," said Waite. "Howard has a strong track record of success in the development and implementation of financial and business strategies for emerging growth technology and distribution companies. With his experience and dedication to excellence, we are confident that Seagate RSS will continue to make significant strides with increasing market share as the Company moves forward."

Matthews joins Seagate RSS from Matthews, White & Company, a consulting and advisory services group for start-up, emerging-growth and turnaround technology, services and distribution companies where he served as chairman since 1999. Prior to Matthews, White & Company, he served as a consultant specializing in corporate finance and general management advisory capacities for companies, including InterVU, a public Internet company; Intrepid Systems, a private retail applications software company; Storability, a provider of data storage services to Global 2000 companies; and Andataco, a private integrator and distributor of UNIX-based data storage solutions. His career spans more than 25 years and includes increasing management responsibilities with TriQuest Capital Corp., Auto Parts Club, Office Club, Inc., Pacific Stereo Corp., CBS, Inc., and Aerojet General Corp. Matthews earned a bachelor?s degree in world affairs at Occidental College, Los Angeles, and an MBA in finance from University of California, Berkeley.

Larry McMannon was appointed vice president and general manager in 1998 and his career includes more than 35 years of general and financial management experience in the computer industry. McMannon joined Seagate through its merger with Conner Peripherals in 1996 as vice president of Finance for Seagate RSS

For more information on Seagate Removable Storage Solutions' tape drives, data cartridges and accessories, customers in the U.S. can call Sales Support at 1-800-626-6637 or 1-714-641-2500 or check the new Seagate RSS website at Seagate RSS products are available worldwide through resellers, VARs and authorized distributors. In the United States, the products are available for purchase on the Internet at Seagate?s online store for tape products at

DDS, Travan and LTO Ultrium Product Lines

Seagate RSS' Scorpion Digital Data Storage (DDS) drives and autoloaders, with compressed capacities of up to 240 Gbytes, are designed for a wide range of system platforms from high-performance workstations and large PC servers up to midrange servers. To meet the backup requirements of users with workstations and small PC servers, Seagate RSS' Hornet Travan drives provide compressed capacities of up to 40 Gbytes. Seagate RSS offers TapeStor Travan tape drives and TapeStor DAT bundled solutions that include backup software, data cartridges and accessories. Seagate RSS provides branded data cartridges for all of the tape drives it markets.

Seagate, along with fellow technology providers Hewlett-Packard and IBM, created Linear Tape-Open, or LTO, technology, as a new powerful, scaleable, open tape format to meet the growing demands of data protection in midrange to enterprise-class server environments. Viper is the Seagate RSS product family based on LTO technology' Ultrium format. It includes the award-winning Viper 200 tape drive, engineered as a best-in-class drive with the highest announced data transfer rate of up to 115.2 Gbytes per hour (compressed) and a compressed per-cartridge capacity of up to 200 Gbytes; Ultrium-format data cartridges; and Viper® 2000 autoloader.

About Seagate Removable Storage Solutions
A Seagate company, Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS) is a market leader in tape backup products and data protection solutions with more than 11.5 million drives installed. Seagate RSS produces an extensive range of products designed to meet the backup and restore needs of virtually every platform from notebooks and PCs to enterprise servers. Seagate Removable Storage Solutions can be found around the globe and at

Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Seagate logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Viper, Scorpion, Hornet, TapeStor, and FastSense are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Seagate Removable Storage Solutions LLC. Other product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their owners. Linear Tape-Open, LTO, Ultrium, and the Ultrium logo are U.S. trademarks of HP, IBM and Seagate. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.