Seagate Unveils New Giants - 250GB Notebook Hard Drive and the First Encrypting 1TB Desktop PC Drive

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Responding to expanding demand for
desktop and notebook PCs that deliver the highest levels of storage capacity
with state-of-the-art security, Seagate Technology (NYSE:   STX) today announced
a 1 terabyte (TB) desktop hard drive that uses government-grade encryption to
prevent desktop PC information from falling into the wrong hands, as well as a
new 250GB 2.5-inch notebook hard drive.
    "Data security has traditionally focused on preventing spoofing,
sniffing, eavesdropping, denial-of-service and other threats to data
traversing corporate networks and the Internet," said Tom Major, Seagate vice
president of Personal Compute Business. "Now that these networks have been
hardened and are much more resistant to attack, computer thugs are
increasingly targeting the place where data lives -- on the hard drive.
Seagate is answering this threat with the strongest security available for
desktop PC information."
    The Barracuda FDE (full disc encryption) hard drive is the world's first
3.5-inch desktop PC drive with native encryption to prevent unauthorized
access to data on lost or stolen hard drives or systems. Using AES encryption,
a government-grade security protocol and the strongest that is commercially
available, The Barracuda FDE hard drive delivers endpoint security for
powered-down systems. Logging back on requires a pre-boot user password that
can be buttressed with other layers of authentication such as smart cards and
    Offered in capacities up to 1TB, this 7,200-rpm encrypting desktop PC
hard drive also gives organizations an easy, cost-effective way to repurpose
or retire desktop computers without compromising sensitive information and to
conform to the growing number of data privacy laws calling for the protection
of consumer information using government-grade encryption.
    Today, business PCs are frequently repurposed when employees leave or new
systems are issued, requiring IT managers to repeatedly wipe the hard drive
clean of information to prevent the misappropriation of sensitive data. The
process can take hours and is far from full-proof. With Seagate FDE drives,
all hard drive information can be easily erased and the data rendered
unreadable by simply deleting the encryption key for safe, fast repurposing or
    Built with the same Seagate DriveTrust Technology that powers Momentus
5400 FDE.2 hard drives, the world's first notebook disc drive with built-in
encryption, Barracuda FDE provides the optimal balance of capacity,
performance and security. DriveTrust delivers new levels of simplicity,
transparency and cost-effectiveness for securing digital information. The
Seagate security platform automatically protects data stored throughout the
drive, not just selected partitions or files, and its security functions
operate independently of the hard drive, preserving the hard drive's full
performance. DriveTrust Technology also offers these benefits:

    --  With DriveTrust, secure hard drives are as easy to install and
        operate as standard drives. The security capabilities run
        transparently within the drive with no need for additional
        configuration. Set up can be as simple as creating a password for
        user authentication.
    --  Drive-level security requires no patches, updates or upgrades,
        eliminating many of the costs associated with traditional software
        solutions. DriveTrust Technology hard drives free IT organizations
        from having to distribute software updates or manage software
        versions, ensuring consistent and reliable security for data at rest.
    --  Information stored on DriveTrust drives can be quickly erased, making
        it easy to re-deploy and retire the drives and reducing the time and
        costs traditionally associated with overwriting and erasing disc
    --  DriveTrust Technology gives independent software vendors (ISVs) a
        platform for building stronger security applications. The DriveTrust
        Technology software developer kit (SDK) includes the documentation
        and tools necessary to build DriveTrust Technology-enabled
        applications such as access controls needed to manage encryption
        keys, passwords and other forms of authentication for large

    Momentus 5400.4 - Delivering high capacity and throughput for laptop
    As explosive growth of laptop PCs continues, more users want all the
capabilities of a desktop PC, including high capacity, great performance and
strong shock resistance for the power of desktop computing on-the-go. The
Momentus 5400.4 hard drive, the industry's only second-generation notebook
drive to use capacity-boosting perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR)
technology, combines up to 250GB of capacity with a super-speedy Serial ATA
3.0 Gbit/second interface.
    This 2.5-inch, 5400-rpm little giant delivers 250GB of capacity on just
two platters and is tough to the core. Seagate's newest notebook drive packs
industry-leading operating and non-operating shock resistance of 325 Gs and
900 Gs, respectively, making it ideal for systems that are subject to rough
handling or high levels of vibration. The entire series of Momentus hard
drives is lean on power consumption, allowing notebook users to work longer
between battery charges, and are virtually inaudible thanks to Seagate's
innovative SoftSonic fluid-dynamic bearing motors and QuietStep ramp load
    Momentus 5400.4 is designed for a wide range of systems including
mainstream notebook PCs, workstations, external storage enclosures and small
form factor desktop PCs.

    Momentus 5400.4 is expected to ship to system builders and original
equipment manufacturers in the fourth quarter of calendar 2007, and Barracuda
FDE is on track to ship in 2008. The drives exemplify Seagate's continuing
leadership in delivering cutting-edge storage technologies that are core to
the explosive growth of digital information worldwide.
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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 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, 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
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    Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks
of Seagate Technology LLC. Barracuda and Momentus 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. Specified storage capacities reflect standard configurations exclusive
of operating system or other software formatting. 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.

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