Thursday, July 5, 2001

Ontrack® SystemSuite™ 3.0 named 'Best Buy in Utility Suites’ by PC World Editors

“It's the best suite of the bunch”

MINNEAPOLIS – July 3, 2001 – ONTRACK Data International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), a provider of data availability software and services, today announces that Ontrack® SystemSuite™ 3.0 was named “Best Buy in Utility Suites” by the editors of PC World.

According to PC World August 2001 issue, Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 outperformed Symantec's Norton SystemWorks™ 2001 Professional Edition, McAfee Utilities 4, and Iolo's System Mechanic™ 3.6 giving Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 the Best Buy in Utility Suites award. "Of the four major packages, [Ontrack SystemSuite] turned out to be the best choice in most categories, was easy to use, and proved reliable," stated the PC World editors.

“PC World is known for reliable product reviews and is highly regarded in the PC arena as the source for comprehensive coverage of hardware and software products,” stated Andrea Eidsness, vice president of marketing for Ontrack. “We are very proud to have our software recognized by some of the top reviewers in the PC industry.”

Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0, which works with Windows® 95, 98, Me, NT, and 2000, has an easy-to-use, fully integrated interface for day-to-day PC maintenance. It offers users tools to optimize hard drive performance, clean-up unnecessary data collected on their PC from surfing the Internet, protect their system from computer viruses, and easily manage files and directories.

“No suite does everything, and what they do they don't always do perfectly. But Ontrack's $50 SystemSuite 3 came out on top in six of our categories and offers the best overall mixture of functionality, ease of use, dependability, and price. It's the best suite of the bunch if you want to diagnose hardware problems or back up the Registry, thanks to its excellent diagnostics and maintenance tools. Nothing beats this package come spring-cleaning time, whether you want to clean out your hard drive or tidy up the Registry. And the final touch is the bundled PowerDesk Pro, the file manager to beat all file managers," the PC World editors concluded.

The ratings and recommendations offered by PC World were based on the results of in-depth testing carried out by the PC World Test Center and the experience of the editors using the programs on a variety of PCs. The review can be found online at,aid,52823,pg,1,00.asp. PC World has a circulation of about 1.3 million and focuses on the needs of managers who are PC proficient.

About Ontrack
Ontrack provides data availability software and service solutions, helping customers protect, manage, recover and discover their valuable data. Using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack can recover lost or corrupted data from virtually all operating systems and types of storage devices through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities. Ontrack DataTrail™ electronic discovery solutions helps companies, law firms and federal agencies quickly and cost-effectively recover electronic information for use in legal matters. Ontrack also offers award-winning PC utility software programs and services to help prevent critical data loss through a broad line of problem-solving, file-management and productivity utilities. Ontrack can be reached through its World Wide Web site at or by calling 800-872-2599. In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, Ontrack operates other locations in Los Angeles, Boulder, CO., Washington D.C., New York, London, Paris and Stuttgart. Ontrack also makes its data recovery services available in Tokyo through its strategic alliance with Y-E Data, a company with over 25 years of experience in storage devices.

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