Mar 06, 2001

Seagate TapeStor Travan Portable USB Tape Drive Joins's WinList 100 as "Best in its Class"

Seagate Removable Storage Solutions, a leading manufacturer of computer tape drive and tape head products, today announced that the Seagate TapeStor Travan Portable USB tape drive has been selected to the exclusive WinList 100 published by, the online successor to WINDOWS Magazine. In the January 20, 2001 review, the Seagate TapeStor Travan Portable USB tape drive, which provides USB connectivity and a larger system install base, joined both the Seagate TapeStor DAT 40 and Seagate TapeStor Travan NS 20, previously honored on the WinList selection.

Every month tests, evaluates and compares hundreds of software and hardware products. Only the best product within each category receives WinList 100 recognition and remains on the list as long as it leads its particular category. Each review on the WinList 100 explains why the editors think each product is the best and includes feature, price and vendor information.

"Seagate's TapeStor Travan USB drive provides good backup speeds, incredibly easy installation, and your choice of two backup programs - at a very reasonable price," stated James E. Powell, Managing Editor, Reviews, "USB makes the installation easy, and though it's not marketed as such, the unit is light enough and small enough to be used as a portable backup device."

"Our third WinList 100 award recognition for Seagate TapeStor solutions reinforces Seagate's commitment to deliver best-in-class tape backup solutions to protect the valuable data our customers rely on every day," said Bob Hawkins, director of product line management for Travan/DDS, Seagate Removable Storage Solutions. "Seagate is committed to grow and support the Travan product line. Now both Mac and PC notebook and desktop users who require a complete system backup solution for archive and restore needs can look to the TapeStor Travan USB solution. This product couples outstanding reliability and efficient data backup capabilities of Travan technology with an easy-to-use USB interface. Once again Seagate is honored to receive such acclaimed recognition from"

The TapeStor Travan Portable USB is a value bundle solution based upon the award-winning Seagate TapeStor Travan internal tape drive and is available with the following features:
7 USB 1.1 cable connectivity and a Class 1 universal power supply (90 - 240V).
7 A high-performance Seagate Travan tape drive with up to 8- or 20 Gbytes of compressed capacity per cartridge. The Travan 8-Gbyte drive has a compressed backup speed of up to 70 Mbytes per minute or 4.2 Gbytes per hour. The 20-Gbyte drive has a compressed backup speed of up to 85 Mbytes per minute or 5.1 Gbytes per hour. Seagate provides a two-year warranty on Seagate Travan tape drives.
7 Dantz Development Retrospect Backup Express® for Windows 98/2000 Professional and ME and MacOS operating environments. Software is available in multiple languages: English, German, French and Japanese.
7 Optimized data transfer with Seagate's FastSense™which throttles the drive's speed up or down to match a system's throughput, reducing the need to stop, start and rewind the tape - thus maximizing backup speed and increasing reliability of the tape drive and the media.
7 A Travan 8 and 20 data cartridge certified by Seagate for optimal performance and reliability in Seagate tape drives. Seagate Travan cartridges come with a five-year warranty and multi-language instructions for ease-of-use.
7 An install poster, a tape drive stand and all needed cabling for easy installation and immediate use.

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

Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS) Tape Drives - Travan, DDS and LTO
With more than 10 million tape drives installed, Seagate Removable Storage Solutions (RSS) is a market leader in tape backup products and data protection solutions. Seagate RSS produces an extensive range of products designed to meet the backup needs of virtually every platform from high-performance workstations to midrange servers.

Seagate 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's Hornet® Travan drives provide compressed capacities of up to 20 Gbytes. Seagate RSS also offers TapeStor® Travan and TapeStor DAT bundled solutions that include backup software, media 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® 200, the Seagate RSS product family based on LTO technology's Ultrium format, provides up to 200 gigabytes of compressed capacity per cartridge. Seagate Viper 200 is currently shipping and available through resellers, VARs, and authorized distributors.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Seagate logo are registered 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.