Maxtor Centralizes File Sharing and Backup

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MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 31 – Continuing its

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tradition of innovative storage solutions, Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO)
announced today that it is making it simpler than ever to store, share, print
and back up computer files, digital photos, music and videos from one central
location on home or small office networks. Using the company’s renowned
integrated Maxtor(R) backup software, consumers and small businesses can
easily back up data from their PCs to the new Maxtor Shared Storage Plus drive
for added data protection. The new drive, which begins shipping in October
with capacities of up to a half-terabyte (500GB), is also the company’s first
network drive that extends the advantages of centralized storage to digital
entertainment devices. Using the new drive’s built-in media server, consumers
and small businesses can share and stream digital data to multiple devices on
the network, without requiring routing through a PC.

The new drive is ideal for small business owners with multiple PCs on
wired or wireless networks, who want to simultaneously backup, share and print
digital files via one centralized location. The drive provides nearly
effortless data management and security for up to 20 users, which allows small
business owners to free themselves of the mundane, yet critical task of
ensuring that every computer’s precious data is backed up frequently. Maxtor’s
integrated and easy-to-use software suite allows people to spend more time on
productive, enjoyable tasks, such as running their business or spending more
time with their families. The Maxtor Shared Storage Plus drive is available in
a 200GB, 300GB, or 500GB storage capacity, and includes two USB ports to
connect and share two USB printers or two additional external storage drives,
or one of each.

When connected to a home network, the Maxtor Shared Storage Plus drive
acts as a centralized digital entertainment media server. One of the drive’s
software features provides the ability to stream media content on compatible
UPnP AV digital media adapters for viewing on entertainment devices throughout
the network. A family, for instance, could simultaneously listen to a music
collection via a networked sound system upstairs, play movies on a networked
theatre system in the living room, and view a slide show of recent vacation
photos on a laptop in the kitchen. Based on Mediabolic’s Media Server
software, which is designed to DLNA guidelines, the Maxtor Shared Storage Plus
drive requires no active PC on the network to share and stream digital files.

„With Maxtor Shared Storage Plus, we’ve added software features to
maximize the simplicity and value for home and small business networks, such
as the critical ability to back up precious digital files to the drive and
built-in servers for shared printing and media streaming,“ said Stacey Lund,
vice president of marketing, Maxtor Branded Products Group. „Now our simple
and elegant Maxtor backup experience is available across the entire family of
Maxtor OneTouch(TM) external drives and Maxtor Shared Storage drives for
consumers and small businesses.“

The drive’s new SimpleView(TM) feature, which acts like a built-in IT
administrator, provides detailed backup and storage status at a glance to all
users on the network. In addition, the exclusive user-friendly wizard
interface easily designates shared folders for full or limited access for
privacy, sets backup schedules and simplifies restoring files. Organizing
digital files is a breeze with Maxtor’s exclusive Drag and Sort(TM) feature,
which automatically identifies and sorts more than 100 different Windows file
types and puts them in specific music, photo, movie, Web, software or
documents folders.

Setting up the Maxtor Shared Storage Plus drive on a home or small
office/home office (SOHO) network is simple. The drive plugs into a network
router via a 10/100 Ethernet port, and installs quickly with the help of the
drive’s automatic network configuration. Once the drive is on the network,
users simply run a quick start CD on each networked PC to automatically
receive a desktop icon that gives them easy access to a shared public folder
and a set of personal password-protected private network folders.

Maxtor Shared Storage Plus drives will be available in October at major
U.S. retailers, distributors and online stores, as well as at
www.maxstore.com. Worldwide availability will begin in November 2005. Please
visit www.maxtor.com for local distribution channels and retail outlets. The
manufacturer 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 drive can easily upgrade their drive’s
software starting in October to enable Maxtor Shared Storage Plus
functionality at no additional charge. To do so, customers can visit Maxtor’s support site for more details.

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