Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Ontrack releases new version of award-winning software utility with Ontrack SystemSuiteTM 3.0

New version enhances utility suite with do-it-yourself data recovery, customizable installation and a new high performance defragmenting tool

ONTRACK Data International Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, today announced the release of Ontrack SystemSuiteTM 3.0, the newest version of Ontrack SystemSuite 2000, its award-winning utility suite with support for Windows Me, 2000, NT, 98, and 95 operating systems. Designed to keep PC operating systems at peak performance, Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 includes new and improved tools to recover lost data, optimize hard drive performance, warn against hard drive failure, and diagnose system resources. Additionally, the new version offers a customized installation option and hard drive eraser for privacy assurance.

Ontrack SystemSuite is a combination of six fully integrated utility packages, VirusScannerTM, Fix-It UtilitiesTM 3.0, CrashProofTM, EasyUninstallTM, DataEraserTM Personal Edition, and Crisis CenterTM, designed to work and act like one software program and one solution. It offers users a complete solution for PC maintenance while using only a fraction of the system resources.

The previous release, Ontrack SystemSuite 2000, received industry-wide recognition as being a best-of-breed PC maintenance utility package, including PC World's Best Utility World Class Award, PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award, and the PC Performance Award, scoring 10 out of 10 possible points.

“Our customers are our barometer to development. The new features and improvements in Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 were customer driven. For example, our customers asked for a more comprehensive do-it-yourself data recovery tool – and we delivered by integrating EasyRecoveryTM Professional Lite into the best PC utility suite on the market,” said Jon Eisele, Ontrack product line manager. “Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 combines six of these utilities into one easy-to-use program that helps users protect their data through regular PC maintenance, early warning systems and disaster recovery solutions. With these new features, we are confident that Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 will maintain its best-of-breed status.”

Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 includes:
  • JETDefragTM – A new high performance defragmenting tool with IntelliCluster technology organizes programs and files on the hard drive to speed up application and file load time.
  • SMARTDefender – A new early warning system for hard drive failure.
  • EasyRecovery Professional Lite – An enhanced addition to Ontrack SystemSuite, this do-it-yourself data recovery tool combines cutting-edge data recovery technology and proprietary data recovery tools. Now recovers up to 50 files!
  • DataEraserTM Personal Edition – A new addition to Ontrack SystemSuite, DataEraser allows safe recycling of a hard drive by overwriting data so users can feel confident that sensitive information is permanently erased.
  • PC Diagnostics – Improved testing of problem hardware and a stress test for the hard drive. It now tests your DVD drive and Universal Serial Bus (USB) port as well.
  • Bootable Rescue CD – A new tool to get your Windows 95/98/Me system up and running when you can't boot normally.
  • PowerDesk® 4 Pro – A file management system with a powerful explorer utility for viewing, searching and managing file systems. Previous versions of Ontrack SystemSuite included PowerDesk 98.

    Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 requires 16 MB of RAM (64 MB recommended) and 15-60 MB of free disk space (and an additional 25 MB with PowerDesk 4 Pro installed). Ontrack SystemSuite 3.0 will be available in October at retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $59.95. It can also be purchased online at www.ontrack.com.

    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 http://www.ontrack.com 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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