Seagate today surged to new levels of areal density and storage capacity leadership with the introduction of the world’s first desktop hard drive to hit the 750GB capacity mark. The monster drive is part of the new Barracuda 7200.10 family built on perpendicular recording technology to meet the growing storage capacity, performance and reliability requirements of desktop computers and low-end servers. Barracuda 7200.10 also features cache sizes from 8MB to 16MB and 1.5Gb/s and 3.0Gb/s SATA data transfer rates with Native Command Queuing.

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world’s number one hard drive maker, today
surged to new levels of areal density and storage capacity leadership with the
introduction of the world’s first desktop hard drive to hit the 750GB capacity
mark. The monster drive is part of the new Barracuda 7200.10 family built on
perpendicular recording technology to meet the growing storage capacity,
performance and reliability requirements of desktop computers and low-end
servers.

The new Barracuda 7200.10 family is now shipping to the worldwide distribution
channel. With the introduction of these drives, Seagate now delivers
perpendicular recording technology across its desktop, notebook, enterprise,
consumer electronics and retail hard drives. The technology stands data bits
vertically onto the disc media, rather than horizontal to the surface as with
traditional longitudinal recording, to deliver new levels of hard drive data
density, capacity and reliability. The new data orientation also increases drive
throughput without increasing spin speed by allowing more data bits to pass
under the drive head in the same amount of time.

"Strong demand for personal computers and servers with unprecedented storage
capacity continues as organizations and consumers worldwide rely on ever-higher
volumes of digital content," said Karl Chicca, Seagate senior vice president and
general manager, Personal Storage. "Underscoring this trend is the petabytes of
music, photos and movies, computer games and other digital content spawned by
the proliferation of consumer electronics services and devices. All of this
information feeds a growing need for storage in what is fast becoming the center
of the digital lifestyle – the home PC."

"Seagate is meeting these requirements with the hard drive industry’s most
advanced storage capabilities, and we’ll continue to develop leading drives and
technologies that will enable organizations and consumers to remain ahead of the
capacity, performance and reliability curve," Chicca said.

The industry’s leading combination of performance, capacity and reliability

To meet the growing storage capacity requirements of both PCs and servers, the
Barracuda 7200.10 family provides 200GB to 750GB of capacity on the strength of
industry-leading data density of 130 Gigabits per square inch (up to 188
Gigabytes per disc). Seagate’s unmatched data density delivers the best
reliability and performance of any PC hard drive in its class.

Barracuda 7200.10 also features cache sizes from 8MB to 16MB and 1.5Gb/s and
3.0Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) data transfer rates with Native Command Queuing. NCQ
enhances reliability in heavy workloads by reducing head movement and
streamlining the delivery of queued commands to the drive.

Backed by Seagate’s industry-leading 5-year warranty, the 7200-rpm Barracuda
7200.10 family is ideal for system builders requiring the industry’s leading
combination of hard drive capacity, performance and reliability for single-user
systems such as desktop PC RAID, digital editing, hot-rod gaming, single-drive
external storage and consumer PCs. The drives also provide the high throughput
and low cost-per-gigabyte storage required for multi-user systems such as
low-cost servers for small offices.

"With data center storage requirements increasing at a rate of 50 percent to 60
percent per year, and users storing more hours of digitized video on hard disk
drives, demand is growing for disk drives with higher storage capacities," said
John Rydning, IDC’s Research Manager for hard disc drives. "Seagate’s new
Barracuda 7200.10 ups the ante for desktop-class drives, providing up to 750GB
of capacity to meet these growing storage needs."

Barracuda 7200.10 – Much more than record levels of storage capacity

Seagate is the first hard drive maker to bring perpendicular recording to
desktop hard drives, was the first to deliver NCQ technology and has innovated a
number of other capabilities that have set industry standards in desktop drive
acoustics and shock tolerance. With Barracuda 7200.10, Seagate offers even more
technological advances, delivering these unique, leading-edge capabilities:

Adaptive Fly Height – Maximizes the consistency of read/write performance across
the entire disc by adjusting the fly height (distance between the disc head and
platter) according to changes in environmental operating conditions.

Clean Sweep – Helps maintain media integrity and drive reliability by passing
the drive head over the entire platter during power-on to smooth out any
irregularities in the disc surface.