Dec 11, 2003

Seagate Wins Asia Computer Weekly 2003 Readers' Choice Award For Hard Drives

SINGAPORE - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world?s leading hard disc drive supplier, today announced that it has been voted the hard disc drive vendor of choice by Asia Computer Weekly (ACW) readers in its annual storage survey. Seagate Barracuda and Cheetah disc drives have been named as the Star Award winners for Desktop and Server hard disc drive categories respectively, in the 2003 ACW Readers' Choice Storage Survey.

ACW Readers Choice was started in 2000 to provide ACW readers with an opportunity to vote for their favorite IT products and services annually and for ACW to profile these winning products. But it was only in 2002 when ACW decided to rank the most popular products in terms of the number of reader votes. A product becomes a Star performer when it garners the most number of votes in a category, and a Gold performer when it has the second-highest or third-highest number of votes.

Through the years, ACW has refined and expanded the number of product categories for the readers to vote in. This year, there are 59 categories. 2003 is also the year ACW is working with an independent expert third party to ensure the authenticity of the votes submitted. TNS, a leading market information group, designed, hosted and monitored the ACW Readers Choice 2003 online voting site, and subsequently processed and analyzed the votes received.

"By consistently bringing innovative and highly reliable products to market, Seagate has built a reputation based on technology leadership, quality and time-to-market," said Teh Ban Seng, Seagate vice president and managing director of Asia Sales and Marketing. "These awards validate our ongoing effort to provide our customers with best-in-class storage products and services to meet their needs. We will maintain that focus and develop new products and technologies to help people leverage information for a competitive advantage."

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.7 disc drives have enjoyed great success because of their wide range of capacities, performance, and quiet acoustics that make them ideal to run in a range of devices from PCs to small workgroup servers. Seagate's flagship enterprise-class Cheetah series drives deliver all the performance and reliability that server systems demand, enabling a lower total cost of ownership with easier manageability.

Seagate is the disc drive market leader and produces the broadest range of disc drives, with interface options of ATA, Serial ATA (SATA), Ultra320 SCSI, and Fibre Channel, to performance as high as 15K RPM, and capacities ranging from 20 Gbytes to 200 Gbytes. This comprehensive line of disc drives includes products for the price-sensitive desktop PC market, consumer market, higher performance PCs and workstations, notebook computers and performance-intensive network servers, disc arrays and audio-visual (A/V) markets. Seagate enterprise-class drives are the disc drives of choice for mission-critical applications. Seagate is also the market leader in storage technology for consumer electronics devices, and has shipped millions of disc drives into this segment, which includes Digital Video Recorder (DVR) products, gaming consoles and digital audio jukeboxes.

Seagate's industry leading scale and product breadth enable the Company to commit more resources to research and development and capital investment. In addition, Seagate's ownership of critical component technologies and the ability to leverage that across multiple product lines continue to position the Company on the leading edge of product evolution and market acceptance.

About the Seagate Barracuda 7200.7
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 disc drives deliver 7200-RPM performance for mainstream desktop PCs, home media servers and small workgroup servers. The drives are available in capacities ranging from 40 to 200 Gbytes. Barracuda 7200.7 also offers the revolutionary Serial ATA interface on higher-capacity models. With all FDB motors, the drives have the lowest acoustics of any 7200-RPM ATA drive (<2.5 bels). Barracuda 7200.7 drives include the Seagate exclusive 3D Defense System and achieve one of the best shock specs in the industry (350 Gs). The drive family features a one-year limited warranty, and the Plus brand with an 8-Mbyte cache option, has a three-year limited warranty.

About the Seagate Cheetah
Seagate Cheetah products incorporate the best performance and technology in the industry. The fullest line of products in the enterprise market consists of the amazing 15K-RPM Cheetah 15.3 and the 10K-RPM Cheetah 10K.6. This family of Cheetah drives provides capacities from 18 to 146 Gbytes in a 3.5-inch form-factor for mainstream and high-performance users. Interface options include Ultra320 SCSI and the new 2Gbit/sec Fibre Channel. The Cheetah 10K.6 satisfies the growing needs of the mainstream enterprise market, and the Cheetah 15K.3 bring fast data access and amazing capacities to the high-performance enterprise market. Cheetah drives come with a five-year limited warranty.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering 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

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