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Maxtor Centralises File Sharing and Backup

New Maxtor Shared Storage Plus Drive Adds Automated Backup, Simplifies Sharing and Provides a Built-In Media Server for Streaming Video, Music and Photos on Networks

London — September 2, 2005 — Continuing its 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 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 November with capacities of up to a half-terabyte (500GB), is also the company’s first network drive that extends the advantages of centralised 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 Maxtor Shared Storage Plus 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 centralised location. The drive provides nearly effortless data management and security for up to 20 users. 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 centralised 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.

“With Maxtor Shared Storage Plus, we’ve added software features to maximise 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 external drives and Maxtor Shared Storage drives for consumers and small businesses.”

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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.

Worldwide availability will begin in November 2005. Please visit for local distribution channels and retail outlets. The manufacturer suggested retail price is £220 for the 200GB drive, £280 for the 300GB drive, and £410 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 from October on to enable Maxtor Shared Storage Plus functionality at no additional charge. To do so, customers can visit Maxtor’s support site at for more details.

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