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-- Affordable personal storage solution provides speedy access to digital photos,
video, electronic games and MP3 audio files --

Maxtor* Corp. (NYSE: MXO) today announced a more convenient upgrade path for adding storage to existing PC and Macintosh computers: the new Maxtor Personal Storage* 3000LE, the world’s first 40GB external hard drive with high speed USB 2.0 interface. This value-priced solution quickly and easily expands computer storage without opening up the computer. Ideal for digital photos and video, MP3 music files, electronic games and other large files, the 3000LE with USB 2.0 also delivers up to 40 times faster performance than current generation USB 1.1 hard drives.

Priced at £175.81 and currently shipping to retail stores and, the 3000LE provides users with a convenient and speedy alternative to the complexity of installing internal hard disk drives. Operating at 5400RPM and providing 40GB of capacity, the 3000LE meets the demanding needs of today’s computer users by storing up to:

* 10,000 4-minute MP3 tunes

* 40,000 high-resolution digital photos (JPEG compressed)

* 40 hours of digital video (MPEG compressed)

* 1,000 video games or any combination of files.

“The popular USB interface is used to connect a variety of external devices such as digital cameras, printers, scanners, and MP3 players, to computers with plug and play simplicity,” said Tex Schenkkan, senior vice president, consumer electronics and business development at Maxtor. “Now that the same easy connectivity is available to hard drive users at an affordable price, each family member can own a 3000LE to store their data and applications, thereby personalising their content library and extending the value of the household PC or Mac computer.”

The 3000LE’s high speed USB 2.0 interface enables easy and instant connectivity with virtually all existing USB ports - including backward compatibility with USB 1.1.

“USB 2.0 makes data transfers easier when upgrading from older PCs, and also protects a consumer’s investment when purchasing new computers with the new USB port,” said Jason Ziller, Intel technology initiatives manager and USB Implementers Forum chairman. “From the user’s perspective, USB 2.0 has the same benefits and ease of use as USB 1.1 but with considerably higher bandwidth, this greatly benefits the performance of devices such as Maxtor’s personal storage solution.”

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, network storage, high-performance Intel-based servers, and consumer electronics. Maxtor has a reputation of being a proven market leader, 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.

Note: Maxtor and the Maxtor logo are registered trademarks of Maxtor Corporation.

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 hard disk drives, the company’s ability to execute future production ramps and utilise manufacturing assets efficiently, pricing, competition, and the significant uncertainty of market acceptance of new products. These and other risk factors are contained in documents that the company files with the SEC, including the Form 10-K for fiscal 2000 and its recent 10-Qs.

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