Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Ontrack releases software that extends the life of a PC with Ontrack® Disk Manager® 4.0

New version breaks 32 gigabyte barrier and includes additional operating system support

MINNEAPOLIS, February 21, 2001 - ONTRACK Data International, Inc., (NASDAQ: ONDI), the leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, today announced the release of Ontrack® Disk Manager® 4.0, a new and enhanced version of its PC hard drive installation utility software. Designed for PC enthusiasts and computer technicians looking to extend the life of older PCs, Ontrack Disk Manager 4.0 overcomes the standard 32 gigabyte barrier that has traditionally prevented many users from taking full advantage of a larger hard drive. Additionally, the new version includes support for Windows NT, Me and 2000 operating systems and a new graphical interface that guides users through the installation process with ease.

As PC users increasingly continue to download Internet, video, audio and multimedia files, hard drives can fill quickly. With replacement drives quicker and more affordable than ever, Ontrack advises PC users to upgrade hard disk drives to extend their computer's useful longevity.

"Installing a larger hard drive is a great way to get a couple more years out of an older PC," said Jim Reinert, director of worldwide software for Ontrack. "However, many older computers are subject to a BIOS limitation that prevents users from taking full advantage of a larger drive. Installing a drive with Ontrack Disk Manager 4.0 is the easiest way to overcome the standard 32 gigabyte BIOS limitation and fully utilize a new drive."

With the release of Ontrack Disk Manager 4.0, Ontrack builds on its pioneering hard drive installation technology that has now assisted over 100 million users. Ontrack Disk Manager 4.0 supports installation of any manufacturers hard disk drive, including Fujitsu, IBM, Maxtor, Quantum, Samsung, Seagate, Toshiba, and WD.

"We've been using Disk Manager for years," said Jon J. Gretz Sr., president, Computer Products Unlimited. "Our customers find that upgrading the hard drive is an effective way to extend the life of an older computer. Disk Manager allows us to install any hard drive from one familiar interface. The automated process reduces both our time onsite and the expense to our customer base."

Ontrack Disk Manager 4.0 is designed to work on any ATA/IDE drive and supports DOS, Windows 3.X, 95, 98, NT, Me and 2000 operating environments. It is available for $59.95 and the upgrade is available for $44.95; both can be purchased at or by calling 800-752-1333.

About Ontrack
Ontrack, a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, helps customers protect, manage, recover and discover their valuable data. Using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack is able to 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 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 locations in Los Angeles, Boulder, Colo., Washington D.C., New York, London, Paris and Stuttgart, Germany. 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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