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November 05, 2007

Seagate Powers New Windows Home Server

By Prabhala Ranga Sai, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Seagate Technology today announced that its leading-edge hard drives will power Microsoft's (News - Alert) new Windows Home Server offering increased storage capacity, performance and reliability inside and outside the box.

The Windows Home Server is a new Microsoft software solution that gives families with more than one personal computer an easy way to protect, centralize and share photos, home video, music and documents.

A key benefit of Windows Home Server is simple expansion of a single pool of storage to keep growing archives of digital content more secure, organized and accessible from anywhere. Seagate's Barracuda disc drive, DB35 disc drive series, and the company's external storage devices -- all in capacities of up to 1 terabyte (TB) -- provide ideal solutions for Windows Home Server storage.

Windows Home Server is available within hardware solutions from leading system builders. Consumers using these solutions are able to easily add storage capacity to Windows Home Server by installing Seagate 3.5-inch internal hard drives in extra home server drive bays and plugging in Seagate's FreeAgent and the new Maxtor OneTouch 4 external solutions to home server USB ports.

Seagate storage delivers the performance, capacity and reliability required for Windows Home Server to:

   -- Provide peace of mind through automatic daily backups of a family's
       digital content, as well as easy restoration of files or an entire
   -- Allow family members to access and share documents, video, photos and
       music from any Web-enabled PC when away from home,
   -- Centralize and organize digital content with familiar shared folders
       created by subject or topic so the whole family can stay connected
       and enjoy content together,
   -- Expand storage capacity by simply connecting a new Seagate hard drive
       to keep pace with growing digital lifestyles.
"Windows Home Server is all about helping families protect their digital content, and more easily share and enjoy it together," said Steven VanRoekel, director of Windows Server Solutions at Microsoft. "Storage expandability, performance and reliability are critical to the product's capabilities, so Microsoft is pleased to have the strong support of Seagate and its storage technology."
P.R. Sai is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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