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Hot off the Press - News at CES
Friday, 1/04/ 2005 by Tech-Edge E-zine

Maxtor Launches New "One Piece" SOHO Network Storage Device
"New Maxtor Shared Storage Solution Combines Simple Network Storage with Printer Sharing, and Exclusive Drag and Sort™ Technology that Gets Users Up and Running Quickly and Easily"

CES, Las Vegas January 4, 2005 - Home networking isn't just a high-tech hobby anymore. More than 97 million consumers worldwide will have home networks by 2008, according to In-Stat. Addressing the storage explosion that is accompanying this growth, Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO) today announced its Maxtor Shared Storage? solution that lets home or small office/home office (SOHO) users easily centralize, organize and share data, photos or music on a wired or wireless network.

Previously, Maxtor teamed with network market leading Linksys, to offer a two-piece network storage solution using the solid Maxtor OneTouch drive and the Linksys Network Storage Link Ethernet server module. This success has spured Maxtor to go one step further.

The Maxtor Shared Storage solution is simple to install with automatic network configuration, and comes with Maxtor's exclusive Drag and Sort™ technology that helps users organize their data on the network. Once set up is complete, each networked PC user automatically receives a desktop icon with access to a shared public folder as well as their own set of personal private network folders.

Maxtor will be present at Storage Visions in Las Vegas, January 4-5, 2005, and at CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2005 to show the new Maxtor Shared Storage solution and several other new consumer electronic devices. Come visit us at the Las Vegas Convention Center in suite N222/221.

"With the Maxtor Shared Storage product, we've created an entirely new networking storage experience for home and SOHO users," said Stacey Lund, executive director of Maxtor's Branded Products. "We paid attention to how people are going to use the product--from set up and data organization, to sharing files and

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personalization-- and developed new features to create an industry-leading solution. Our goal is to continue to make storage simple. Whether it's with our award-winning Maxtor OneTouch II external drive with push button backup or our new Maxtor Shared Storage solution, we continue to raise the bar and deliver high-quality, innovative products that enhance the consumers' digital lifestyle."

Setting up the Maxtor Shared Storage solution on a home or 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 solution'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 private network folders.

Organizing files on the drive is also a breeze. Consumers simply select and drag files into a special PC desktop icon and Maxtor's exclusive Drag and Sort feature automatically sorts them based on file type and puts them in specific music, photo, video or document folders. The Drag and Sort feature can identify and sort more than 100 common Windows file types.

The Maxtor Shared Storage solution comes in a 200GB or 300GB storage capacity, and includes two USB ports to connect and share two USB printers or two additional external storage drives, or one of each.

"Computer hard drives eventually fill up with photos, MP3s, digital video games, documents and more," said Mike Wolf, Principal Consumer Content and Connectivity analyst at In-Stat. "A device such as the Maxtor Shared Storage solution frees up disk space on PCs, makes files more accessible to everyone on the network, and protects digital assets that are irreplaceable. The Maxtor Shared Storage solution is an indication Maxtor is adapting to changing markets and consumer needs."

Maxtor Shared Storage drives will be available in February at major U.S. retailers, distributors and online stores, as well as at www.maxstore.com. Worldwide availability will begin in March 2005. Please visit www.maxtor.com for local distribution channels and retail outlets. The manufacturer suggested retail price is $399.95 for the 300GB and $299.95 for the 200GB solution.


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