Maxtor targets SOHO networkers

Maxtor has unveiled a new network storage product aimed at small office / home office (SOHO) and home users. Its Shared Storage drive features the firm’s ‘Drag and Sort’ technology, making the organisation and sharing of data over wired and wireless networks a cinch.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  February 2, 2005

Maxtor has unveiled a new network storage product aimed at small office / home office (SOHO) and home users. Its Shared Storage drive features the firm’s proprietary ‘Drag and Sort’ technology, making the organisation and sharing of data over wired and wireless networks a cinch. According to research group In-Stat, over 97 million consumers worldwide will be running home networks by 2008, and with this growth comes an additional need for storage solutions. It’s this growing market and the region's burgeoning SOHO sector that Maxtor is hoping to reach with this latest release. “With the Maxtor Shared Storage product, we’ve created an entirely new networking storage experience for home and SOHO users,” said Stacey Lund, executive director of Maxtor’s Branded Products. “We paid attention to how people are going to use the product—from set-up and data organisation, to sharing files and personalisation— and developed new features to create an industry-leading solution.” Using Maxtor’s Shared Storage is easy. The product must first be plugged into a network router via a 10/100 Ethernet port. It then installs via its automatic network configuration function. Once the drive is on the network, users simply run a quick start CD on each networked PC to automatically receive a desktop icon. This gives access to a shared public folder and a set of personal private network folders. Organising files on the drive is equally hassle-free. Users simply select and drag files into a special PC desktop icon. Maxtor’s Drag and Sort feature then automatically sorts data based on file type and puts files in specific music, photo, video or document folders. Drag and Sort can identify and sort more than 100 common Windows file types. The Maxtor Shared Storage solution is available this month in capacities of 200GB and 300GB, priced $299 and $399, and includes two USB ports for connecting and sharing either two USB printers, two additional external storage drives, or one of each.

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