Seagate Powers Next Generation of Computing With Three New Hard Drives, Including World's First 1.5-Terabyte Desktop PC and Half-Terabyte Notebook PC Hard Drives

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., July 10 /CNW/ -- Seagate (NYSE:   STX) today
unveiled the industry's first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook
hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in
home and business environments.
    The debut of the Barracuda(R) 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh
generation of Seagate's flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single
largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard
drives -- a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB,
thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording
(PMR) technology.
    The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology,
components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for
mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end
PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.
    Seagate's new 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5400- and 7200-rpm drives --
Momentus(R) 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 -- deliver the best combination of
capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream and high-performance notebook
computers, external storage solutions, PCs and industrial applications
requiring small form factor.
    Highlighting the global growth of digital content, Seagate expects to
ship its two billionth hard drive within the next five years. Earlier this
year Seagate shipped its one billionth hard drive since the company's
inception nearly 30 years ago.
    "Organizations and consumers of all kinds worldwide continue to create,
share and consume digital content at levels never before seen, giving rise to
new markets, new applications and demand for desktop and notebook computers
with unprecedented storage capacity, performance and reliability," said
Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager,
Personal Compute Business. "Seagate is committed to powering the next
generation of computing today with the planet's fastest, highest-capacity and
most reliable storage solutions."
    Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 hard drives are the fourth generation
of Seagate's laptop family to use PMR. The Momentus 5400.6, a 5400-rpm drive,
combines a powerful Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface and capacities ranging
from 120GB to 500GB with an 8MB cache.
    The Momentus 7200.4 hard drive, with its 7200-rpm spin speed and a Serial
ATA 3GB/second interface, delivers true desktop performance. The
power-efficient 7200-rpm drive maximizes battery life and comes in capacities
ranging from 250GB to 500GB with a 16MB cache.
    Both Momentus drives are built tough enough to withstand up to 1,000 Gs
of non-operating shock and 350 Gs of operating shock to protect drive data,
making the drives ideal for systems that are subject to rough handling or high
levels of vibration. For added robustness in mobile environments, the Momentus
5400.6 and 7200.4 are offered with G-Force Protection, a free-fall sensor
technology that helps prevent drive damage and data loss upon impact if a
laptop PC is dropped. The sensor works by detecting any changes in
acceleration equal to the force of gravity and parks the heads off the disc to
prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches and
within 3/10ths of a second.
    Seagate's new Momentus drives are lean on power consumption, allowing
notebook users to work longer between battery charges, and are virtually
inaudible thanks to Seagate's innovative SoftSonic(TM) fluid-dynamic bearing
motors and QuietStep(TM) ramp load technology.
    The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines the capacity and speed required
for today's most demanding desktop PC applications. The drive packs 1.5TB on
just four platters and its fast Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface delivers an
industry-leading sustained data rate of up to 120MB/second for fast boot,
application startup and file access. The 3.5-inch drive is also offered in
capacities of 1TB, 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB and 160GB with cache options of
32MB and 16MB.
    All Momentus and Barracuda drives are backed by Seagate's leading
five-year warranty. You can find photos of these three new drives, and other
Seagate products, at:
    Shipments of the Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB are set to begin August 2008.
Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 hard drives are to begin shipping in Q4 calendar
    About Seagate
    Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing
of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range
of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer
Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages
technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver
industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal
of being the time-to-market leader 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. Barracuda, Momentus, SoftSonic and QuietStep are
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. When referring to hard drive capacity,
one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals
one trillion bytes. Your computer's operating system may use a different
standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the
listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not
be available for data storage. 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. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product
offerings or specifications.

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