Sentry Group Partners With Maxtor(R) Storage Solutions on FIRE-SAFE(R)/Waterproof Hard Drives

-Companies Partner to Develop First and Only Affordable Hard Drives That

Protect Data from Fire and Water Disasters-

Nov 13, 2007, 00:00 ET from Sentry Group

    NEW YORK, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sentry Group, the world leader in
 residential and small office security-storage containers, today announced
 that the company has partnered with Maxtor(R) Storage Solutions to develop
 the world's first affordable hard drives that protect data from fire and
 water disasters, as well as computer crashes and theft.
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     Sentry Group and Maxtor made the announcement at the Consumer
 Electronics Show - Unveiled @ New York press preview event in New York
     Electronic data is becoming increasingly prevalent and valuable to both
 the residential and business market segments. Today's home offices, small
 businesses and everyday consumers often store important digital files on
 external hard drives, as they are the primary means for backing up
 information. According to measurement firm IDC, more than 495 million hard
 drives were sold in 2006. Unfortunately Businesses are finding that when a
 disaster happens -- fire, flood, theft or natural disaster -- they are ill
 prepared to protect their data from loss. After a disaster, 44 percent of
 companies that lose their operating data close their doors forever.
     At the CES Unveiled @ NY event, Sentry Group previewed six new Data &
 Document Security products that specifically protect digital assets. Among
 the six new products are two Sentry(R)Safe FIRE-SAFE(R)/Waterproof Hard
 Drives containing the award winning Maxtor OneTouch(R) 4 Mini(TM) hard
 drive -- the first mobile storage solution that contains a full suite of
 software protection tools, including data encryption and a bare metal
 system restore. In the event of a fatal crash or virus attack, Maxtor's
 SafetyDrill(TM) software, a new bare metal system restore feature, allows
 for a nearly instantaneous restoration of an entire computer system
 including applications and setting as well as restoration of the operating
 system, to ensure access to important files even in a time of crisis.
     The hard drive is in a Sentry(R)Safe FIRE-SAFE(R)/Waterproof enclosure
 that protects data from fire and water. It is ETL verified for fire
 protection for 30 minutes up to 1550 degrees F and ETL verified waterproof
 -- meaning it is fully submersible for up to 24 hours.
     "We are thrilled to partner with Maxtor digital storage, a leader in
 manufacturing hard drives and backup solutions, to provide consumers with
 affordable FIRE-SAFE(R)/Waterproof hard drives," said Sondra McFarlane,
 director of marketing communications for Sentry Group. "As a leader in the
 security storage industry, Sentry Group sought to develop a new product
 that would help consumers connect, back-up and protect their digital
 information, while at the same time safeguarding their electronic data from
 fire and water.
     "We were able to take our knowledge -- which we've gained from being in
 the security storage industry for more than 75 years -- and partner with
 Maxtor to provide consumers with a completely brand-new concept," McFarlane
     "Maxtor is in the business of saving your digital life. In this digital
 era, much of what people value is now in a digital format," said BenHur
 Castro, senior director of product line management for Maxtor storage
 solutions. "The tie in with a company like Sentry Safe simply makes sense.
 We are happy to take the next step in securing and backing up your digital
 data by partnering with a provider that can protect it from fire, flood and
 other unforeseen natural disasters."
     The new Sentry(R)Safe FIRE-SAFE(R)/Waterproof Hard Drive is available
 in 160GB, MSPR $319.99 and in 80GB, MSRP $259.99 on To learn more about the new line or to purchase
 Sentry(R)Safe Data & Document Security products, including the new
 Sentry(R)Safe FIRE-SAFE(R)/Waterproof Hard Drives, please visit
     About Sentry Safe
     Founded in 1930, Sentry Group is the world leader in offering fire-
 resistant and security storage solutions for important documents and
 valuables. A global presence, Sentry Group today produces more
 fire-resistant chests, files, safes, security storage containers and gun
 safes than any other company in the world. The company's manufacturing
 headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., and its factory operation in Shanghai,
 China produces affordable security storage containers distributed through
 retailers all over the world. Sentry's distinctive Made in the U.S.A. seal
 is on all American-made products. For additional information please visit
     About Maxtor
     Maxtor, one of the world's leading brands of consumer storage
 solutions, was acquired by Seagate Technology (NYSE:   STX) in May 2006.
 Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of
 hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications,
 including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and
 Branded Solutions. The company has an expansive line of storage products
 that are sold under both the Seagate and Maxtor brands. Maxtor's reputation
 as a proven market leader was built by consistently providing high-quality
 products, services and support for its customers. Maxtor branded products
 can be found at
     Maxtor, Maxtor OneTouch, Maxtor DrivePass, Maxtor SafetyDrill and
 Maxtor DriveLock are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate
 Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies. All other trademarks or
 registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. One
 gigabyte (GB) is equal to one billion bytes and one terabyte (TB) is equal
 to 1,000 gigabytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Computer
 operating systems may use different standards of measurement and report
 lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for
 formatting and other functions, and thus, will not be available for data
     Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for
 illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based on various
 factors, including file size, file format, features and application

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