Sep 26, 2001

Seagate is Disc Drive of Choice for India's Growing I.T. Market

Seagate Technology, the world's leading hard disc drive supplier, was declared the clear winner of the annual PC Quest User's Choice Award for Hard Disc Drives in its recent survey. The results of the PC Quest nationwide poll were published in the magazine's September issue.

The PC Quest User's Choice award reflects technology users' perceptions of different IT brands and vendors. The survey was conducted with 1,500 respondents consisting of IT managers, corporate decision-makers and computer users based on the following criteria: performance, quality, support, ease of use, popularity and price.

In the Hard Disc Drive category, where performance and quality are the top two selection criteria, Seagate drives scored particularly well. Based on the Company's exceptional results, Seagate was declared the overwhelming winner.

"Winning this prestigious award for the third year in a row manifests Seagate's brand popularity with the Indian users," said Krishna Kumar, executive editor, PCQuest.

"Winning this award for the third consecutive year validates our effort to be the number one storage company in India," said Joel Stead, Seagate senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "It also instills in us a tremendous desire to build on that success and continually find new ways to deliver value to our customers here."

Over the years, Seagate hard drives have garnered rave reviews from leading publications worldwide. In India, some of the recent product recognition for Seagate included Editor's Choice for the U Series disc drive from PC World India in September 2000, and Editor's Choice for the Barracuda ATA family of disc drives from CHIP India in August 2000. Additionally, Seagate was also awarded the PC Quest User's Choice in 1999 and 2000.

In January of this year, Seagate established a support office in New Delhi to launch new products and provide support services to the fast-growing storage market in India. The new facility's location will enable Seagate to develop closer ties to the market, as well as strengthen customer service capabilities. Seagate will continue to be supported by its local distributors ACI, Esys and Ingram Micro to deliver the latest products to the growing India IT market.

PC Quest User's Choice Award
Held on an annual basis in India, this survey is conducted by PC Quest, a leading industry magazine of the Cyber Media Group. The survey is one of the largest of its kind in the country and spans a wide range of product categories and vendors to determine the winners of the "Users Choice Awards."

About Seagate
Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. Seagate's market leadership is based on 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 www.seagate.com.

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