Aug 01, 2005

Seagate Ships More Than 150 Million Award-Winning Barracuda 7200-RPM Hard Drives For PCs

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Continuing its leadership as the hard disc drive of choice around the world, Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced that it has reached the 150 million mark in unit shipments of its Barracuda 7200-rpm family of hard drives.

The shipment milestone comes as Seagate prepares to launch Barracuda 7200.9, the ninth-generation of the drive. Barracuda 7200.9 combines a massive half-terabyte (500GB) of capacity with a powerful 3 Gigabit/second Serial ATA (SATA) interface to deliver a leading combination of storage capacity, performance and reliability for mainstream PCs, high-performance digital video workstations, media PCs and PC gaming systems, and low-cost servers.

With Barracuda, Seagate has set the standard for desktop PC hard drive innovation, reliability and quality. The Barracuda 7200-rpm family combines a wide range of capacities - from 40GB to 500GB - with performance that rivals 10,000-rpm desktop drives, superb reliability, whisper-quiet acoustics, an industry-leading five-year warranty, and Serial ATA (SATA) with native command queuing (NCQ). NCQ increases performance and disc drive life by optimizing the way the drive processes workloads. (For more information about Native Command Queuing, see Seagate's article in the July issue of Computer Technology Review.)

"The Barracuda has been one of Seagate's most successful hard drives," said IDC analyst Dave Reinsel. "Drives such as the Barracuda that deliver quality and value across a range of capacities and applications undoubtedly will continue to be embraced by the marketplace."

Over the years Barracuda has won accolades and awards from leading IT magazines on the strength of its capacity, performance and reliability. And customers have given Barracuda an award of their own: leading market share in a competitive field. In the market for high-capacity disc drives alone - capacities of 200GB and above - Seagate leads the industry with nearly 30 percent share.

"The highest levels of performance, reliability and overall product quality are the hallmark of our Barracuda disc drives," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing. "That's why Barracuda remains the world's most popular drive and continues to anchor an expanding Seagate product portfolio that includes drives for everything from notebook PCs, digital video recorders and music players to nearline storage, desktop add-on and back-up storage, portable storage and automotive applications."

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Barracuda is a trademark or registered trademark of Seagate Technology LLC. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting.