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Seagate Portable Storage Solutions Dominate PC Magazine Roundup


Seagate 160GB Portable Hard Drive and Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition Take Top Two Spots for Best Storage and Backup Solutions

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.—13 September 2006— Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) announced today that its Seagate 160GB Portable Hard Drive won an Editors’ Choice Award from PC Magazine, one of the world’s leading personal technology publications, and its Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition earned the number two spot in the publication’s recent review of portable storage and backup solutions. The dual-brand, best-in-class recognition highlights the largest and most diverse family of storage and automatic backup solutions for consumers, small business users and creative professionals on the market today.

“With our expansive family of award-winning Seagate and Maxtor branded solutions, we are well positioned to capitalize on the rapidly growing need for storing, organizing, backing up, sharing and managing digital content,” said Jim Druckrey, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Branded Solutions. “Earning PC Magazine’s number one and two spots reflects our legacy of ingenuity and leadership in delivering the most powerful, intuitive and easy-to-use storage and backup solutions on the market.”

Taking home the Editors’ Choice Award, the Seagate 160GB Portable Hard Drive is the industry’s first mobile storage solution with perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), a technology that delivers better reliability and faster performance, making it ideal for applications withstanding high temperature and extreme operating environments. With its durable aluminum enclosure, the portable solution provides 30 percent more capacity than comparable-sized drives, the highest capacity in a 2.5-inch external hard drive, enabling PC and Mac users to store and carry a massive array of digital music, photos, videos, games, and business files in a sleek, ruggedized package that weighs less than one pound. The Seagate Portable Hard Drive is the perfect solution to safely and securely take work or play on the road.

“Between the cross-platform capabilities, the best-of-class capacity and the intelligent cable design, the Seagate 160GB portable drive truly earns the Editors’ Choice,” said PC Magazine lead analyst Joel Santo Domingo in his August 21 review article. Awarding the solution four and a half out of five stars, Santo Domingo remarked: “If you need to back up a lot of data from a desktop or a notebook, and if you need that data to go, this is the drive to buy.”

Coming in at No. 2, the equally impressive Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition is the industry’s first mobile storage solution to include a complete set of software features to protect and manage digital content, including automated backup, data encryption, data synchronization and system rollback to restore applications and operating systems while keeping digital files current. Software encryption protects the portable solution if it is ever lost or stolen, and the embedded firmware, Maxtor DriveLock(r), is designed to deny access to data even if the internal hard drive is removed from the casing and attached to another computer. The solution’s Maxtor Sync(tm) feature automatically ensures the exact same file version is maintained between two computers on the same operating system, making it a snap to use files at home, at work, or on the road.

In his August 21 review, Santo Domingo noted that the “Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition is a light, svelte, easy-to-use companion for the laptop user.” Weighing only about seven ounces, the sleek mobile solution can be easily stowed and transported in a purse, backpack or briefcase. Santo Domingo also remarked that the compact solution “should be more than fast enough for daily backup chores,” bestowing it four out of five stars.

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About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture 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. Maxtor and Maxtor OneTouch are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. One terabyte, or TB, equals 1,000 gigabytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting. Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features and application software.


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