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“Big Drive” Standard Allows Significantly Greater Storage Capacity

Maxtor Corporation (NYSE: MXO) announced today, in conjunction with Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), VIA Technologies and others, support for the industry’s next generation ATA interface standard that breaks the 137GB barrier for ATA hard drives. This breakthrough allows the creation of ATA hard drives that can access more than 100,000 times more data than the current 137GB interface standard.

“By leading the industry effort to move to capacities up to 144 petabytes (PB), Maxtor has helped lay the foundation for future storage technologies,” says Ted Deffenbaugh, VP of product strategy for Maxtor. “By supporting the standard, which we have submitted to the ANSI T13 committee, Compaq, Microsoft, VIA Technologies, and other companies have increased the ability of hard drives and other supporting technologies to access greater amounts of information.”

"Surpassing the 137GB limit is another notch in the evolution of storage capacity. We are very pleased to be working with Maxtor to enable increased capacity for our mutual customers," says Rob Short, VP of Windows based operating system development at Microsoft Corporation. "Customers are participating in an increasing number of storage intensive scenarios such as data warehousing, application servicing, multimedia, video and music. Increasing the drive limit allows them to easily meet their needs with fewer drives and, in the case of enterprises, in far less physical space."

“On average, we hit a capacity barrier every six years,” says Dave Reinsel, senior research analyst, IDC. “At the current rate of storage, reaching 144PB will take care of the industry’s capacity issues for the next 20 years.”

The “Big Drive” interface initiative succeeds in breaking through the barrier with an upgraded ATA interface allowing for up to 48 bits of address space on a single drive, and therefore the maximum capacity of an ATA device up to 144PB.

In addition to Maxtor, notable industry players such as Compaq Computer Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, CMD/Silicon Image (NASDAQ: SIMG), ONTRACK Data International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), Phoenix (NASDAQ: PTEC), Promise Technology, StorageSoft, and VIA Technologies are all committed to delivering solutions to the 137GB capacity barrier.

End users who want to break the 137GB barrier can get further information at Maxtor’s “Big Drive” Initiative Web site ( about technology requirements and participating vendors. Suppliers who want to participate in “Big Drive” should inquire via “Big Drive” is a non-copyrighted and freely licensed logo and artwork. Partners and manufacturers that support the new standard will have free access to the “Big Drive” logo to inform their customers that they can use “Big Drives” in their system or peripherals.

Maxtor has submitted the new proposal to the National Committee on Information Technology Standards (NCITS). NCITS is accredited by and operates under rules approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

About Maxtor
Maxtor Corporation ( is one of the world’s leading suppliers of information storage solutions. The company has an expansive line of storage products for desktop computers, high-performance Intel-based servers, network attached storage and consumer electronics. Maxtor has a reputation as a proven market leader built by providing consistent high-quality products, and service and support for its customers. Maxtor and its products can be found at or by calling toll-free (800) 2-MAXTOR. Maxtor is traded on the NYSE under the MXO symbol.

Maxtor does not warrant “Big Drive” software, hardware or other solutions, and a vendor listing on Maxtor’s “Big Drive” Web site does not signify that the product has been tested or approved by Maxtor.

Forward-Looking Statement
This announcement relating to Maxtor may contain forward-looking statements concerning future technology, products incorporating that technology, and Maxtor’s execution. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could materially affect the company’s results, including, but not limited to, market demand for NAS file servers, the company’s ability to execute future production, pricing, competition, and the significant uncertainty of market acceptance of new products. These and other risk factors are contained in periodic reports filed with the SEC, including, but not limited to, Maxtor’s most recent form 10-K for fiscal 1999, its recent 10-Qs and the recent S-4 Registration Statement.

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