Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Ontrack advises running free PC diagnostic software to identify earthquake-related damage

Data Advisor® pinpoints problems with a computer system's hard drive, file structures and memory that may lead to data loss.

MINNEAPOLIS, March 7, 2001 - In response to the recent Seattle earthquake and its potential damage to personal computers, ONTRACK Data International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, suggests that PC users run a diagnostic software utility such as Ontrack Data Advisor® to identify and prevent further damage that could result in data loss.

"Damage isn't always readily apparent, but exposing personal computers to the prolonged shaking and vibration of a quake like the one in Seattle can result in a variety of malfunctions and even loss of data," said Greg Olson, director of worldwide data recovery services, Ontrack. "It's a good idea to run a diagnostic software program on your computer to identify and correct problems that could cause the loss," he added.

Ontrack Data Advisor, available free from, leverages the company's 15 years of experience in data recovery into a useful diagnostic software tool that easily tackles computer system problems resulting from earthquake-related power outages and jarred hard drives. Ideal for those users concerned with maintaining optimal performance of their PCs, Data Advisor assesses the health of a computer system's hard drive, file structures and computer memory by identifying the problems that prevent users from accessing their computer data and provides recommendations on how to recover from those problems.

Data Advisor features a graphical user interface and options designed to simplify and accelerate the diagnostic process. The interface clearly guides users through the full range of diagnostic steps, while the customizable options empower users to streamline the process, enabling them to pinpoint and resolve computer problems on demand. Data Advisor also helps avoid expensive and unnecessary downtime when used as a part of a regular maintenance program. Identifying potential problems ahead of time allows the user to back-up valuable information and make corrections to avoid future loss.

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 (612-937-5161). In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, Ontrack operates other locations in Los Angeles, Boulder, Colo., 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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