Seagate today announced the worldwide distribution channel availability of the world’s first 7200-RPM notebook PC hard drive to combine capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology with free-fall protection for beefed-up laptop durability. Momentus 7200.2 delivers up to 160GB of capacity using perpendicular recording technology and combines a fast Serial ATA 3.0 Gbit/second interface with 7200-RPM spin speed to enable the highest- performance laptops ever. The hard drive is also offered with an optional free-fall sensor to help 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, then parking the head off the disc to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches.

Seagate Technology® today announced the worldwide distribution channel
availability of the world’s first 7200-RPM notebook PC hard drive to combine
capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology with free-fall protection
for beefed-up laptop durability. Seagate’s newest Momentus hard drive is also
shipping to a major original equipment manufacturer.

"The growing number of computer users turning to laptops as their primary PCs
want every inch of capacity, performance and durability they enjoy in their
desktop systems," said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and
general manager, Personal Compute Business. "The new Momentus 7200.2 hard drive
epitomizes Seagate’s focus on delivering cutting-edge storage technologies that
make it easier to move, use and protect digital information in the home, in the
office and on-the-go."

Momentus 7200.2 delivers up to 160GB of capacity using perpendicular recording
technology and combines a fast Serial ATA 3.0 Gbit/second interface with
7200-RPM spin speed to enable the highest- performance laptops ever. The hard
drive is also offered with an optional free-fall sensor to help 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, then
parking the head off the disc to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall
of as little as 8 inches.

Momentus 7200.2, Seagate’s second-generation 7200-RPM notebook drive, is
designed for a wide range of systems including mainstream notebook PCs,
workstations, RAID enclosures, and small form factor desktop PCs. Offered in
80GB, 100GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities, the 2.5-inch drive also is perfect for
users looking to upgrade their notebooks to deliver true desktop PC performance.

The entire Momentus series is built tough to withstand up to 900 Gs of
non-operating shock and 350 Gs of operating shock to protect drive data, making
them ideal for systems that are subject to rough handling or high levels of
vibration. The hard drives are also 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.

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