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Maxtor Wins The "Best Of Retailvision Awards"™


Top Retailers Honor the Maxtor Shared Storage Plus
Three-in-one Network Storage Solution for Best Peripheral Product

MILPITAS, CA – September 26, 2005 – Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO), a worldwide leader in hard disk drives and innovative consumer storage solutions, announced today that the Maxtor Shared Storage™ Plus solution won the coveted “Best of RetailVision Award” for Best Peripheral Product. Maxtor was presented with the award earlier this month at RetailVision Fall 2005, the premiere event for technology retailers and vendors focused on the consumer channel. Voted on solely by attending retailers, the Maxtor Shared Storage Plus solution—the industry’s first three-in-one, standards-based solution providing backup, media streaming and simple shared storage for the small business/home networking market—was honored for its simplicity, innovative functionality and ease of use.

“Congratulations to Maxtor,” said Pete Prentice, senior global director for RetailVision. “The ’Best of RetailVision Awards’ are significant as they are voted on by the most influential consumer channel decision makers in North America. They only recognize vendors that demonstrate both innovation and leadership in the retail market.”

“We are honored to have received this prestigious award,” said Stacey Lund, vice president of marketing for Maxtor Branded Products Group. “We pride ourselves on delivering unique, easy- to-use solutions for the consumer mass market with features designed to keep home or small business data safe. This award is a testament to our success as a retail leader, technology innovator and true channel partner.”

Maxtor has a long history and solid reputation in the retail market, dating back to 1993, when it launched the industry’s first hard disk drive kit, followed by the industry’s first 1394 external storage solution in 2000. In 2002, the company revolutionized the way consumers back up their data with its Maxtor OneTouch™ external storage solution with simple push-button backup (2003 RetailVision Award winner for Best Product: Hardware).

The Maxtor Shared Storage Plus solution comes from an award-winning family and is ideal for users with wired or wireless networks who want to simultaneously back up, share, stream and print digital files from one centralized location. The drive provides nearly effortless data management and security for up to 20 users, which allows users to free themselves of the mundane but critical task of ensuring that their valuable data is backed up frequently. Based on media streaming software that is designed to Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) guidelines, the Maxtor Shared Storage Plus drive requires no active PC on the network to share and stream digital files.

The new Maxtor Shared Storage Plus solution will be available in October at major U.S. retailers, distributors and online stores, as well as at Worldwide availability will begin in November. Please visit for local distribution channels and retail outlets. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $299.95 for the 200GB drive, $399.95 for the 300GB drive, and $499.95 for the 500GB drive.

As part of Maxtor’s ongoing commitment to provide its existing customers with best-in-class service and support, those who have purchased the original award-winning Maxtor Shared Storage solution will be able to easily upgrade their drive’s software to enable Maxtor Shared Storage Plus functionality at no additional charge, starting in October. Customers can visit for more details.

About Maxtor

Maxtor Corporation is one of the world’s leading suppliers of hard disk drives and data storage solutions. The company has an expansive line of storage products for desktop computers, high-performance Intel-based servers, and consumer electronics. Maxtor has a reputation as a proven market leader, built by providing consistent high-quality products, and service and support for its customers. Maxtor and its products can be found at or by calling toll-free (800) 2-MAXTOR. Maxtor is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MXO.

About Vision Events

Vision Events, a Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB) company, is a leading producer of highly focused business events that bring resellers and end users together with leading and emerging vendors in private boardroom appointments to form strategic partnerships and secure new business in the technology sector. Additional information about Vision Events can be found at

Note: Maxtor and the Maxtor stylized logo design are registered trademarks, and Maxtor OneTouch, Maxtor Shared Storage and Maxtor Shared Storage Plus are trademarks of Maxtor Corporation. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

For purposes of measuring disk drive storage capacity, one gigabyte (GB) represents one billion bytes. The Maxtor OneTouch and Maxtor Shared Storage solutions serve as an element of an overall backup strategy.

This announcement relating to Maxtor may contain forward-looking statements concerning future technology, products incorporating that technology, and Maxtor’s execution. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could materially affect the company’s results, including, but not limited to, market demand for hard disk drives and backup solutions, integration of the company’s products with products produced by others, the company’s ability to execute future production ramps, sustain expansive and efficient channels of distribution, and utilize manufacturing assets efficiently, pricing, competition, and the significant uncertainty of market acceptance of new products and technologies. These and other risk factors are contained in documents that the company files with the SEC, including the Form 10-K for fiscal 2004 and its recent 10-Qs. Maxtor is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any responsibility to update or alter, its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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