Imation Adds Offerings

Imation enhances Odyssey solution offerings with new internal docking station option and 250-Gbyte capacity cartridge

September 18, 2007

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OAKDALE, Minn. -- Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN), a worldwide leader in removable data storage, today announced product line enhancements and a marketing and sales partnership that further demonstrate the infinite possibilities” of the Imation Odyssey™ removable hard disk solution. Designed specifically with the escalating data protection challenges of small businesses and home offices in mind, Imation’s Odyssey solution provides users with fast backup, accurate restores and disaster recovery with minimal effort.

“The Odyssey system is ideal for a wide range of data storage environments and applications and offers notable benefits to small businesses, including ultra-fast speed, high capacity, immediate access to data and drag-and-drop file access,” said Keith Schwartz, director, North America sales and marketing, Imation. “We’ve made it easy for small offices and home offices to secure, protect, and access their data. And with today’s announcements, we not only expand the breadth of our Odyssey system offerings, we also expand Imation’s distribution reach with Marketlink Services, making it easier for users to purchase the Odyssey system.”

Internal Odyssey Docking Station Now Available

Designed to be used with next-generation cartridges, ensuring a smart investment for years to come, the Odyssey docking station is at the heart of the Odyssey system, designed to work with the higher-capacity hard disk cartridges of the future. And now the system includes the choice of either an internal or external USB docking station. Rather than compete with the CD-ROM slot, the new internal USB Odyssey docking station is compatible with all standard – and increasingly available – 3.5-inch floppy drive bays, freeing other bays for optical devices or additional hard drives. The internal docking station is compatible with all current and future Odyssey cartridges and offers full interchange with other Odyssey devices, including existing external docking stations.

All Odyssey docking stations include a full version of the award-winning EMC® Retrospect software for backup and restore that features password protection and government-certified 256-bit AES encryption.Durable Odyssey Cartridge Capacity Extended to 250GB

Odyssey removable hard disk cartridges contain a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and are now available in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB capacities. A 250 GB cartridge will be available in October, 2007, at a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $279.99. And, as SATA drive capacities increase, Imation plans future cartridge expansions. Rugged and ultra-reliable, Odyssey cartridges were tested to successfully withstand a one meter drop onto a solid surface and have incorporated electrostatic discharge (ESD) to circumvent data loss caused by static build-up, which often results from cartridge handling and transport.

In addition, a unique, soft-load and eject mechanism not only allows cartridges to be loaded with one finger, but also protects against accidental ejection during data transfer.

Imation and Marketlink Team To Expand VAR and End User Markets

Imation and Marketlink Services, a sales and marketing agency for manufacturers of computer-related products and services, have teamed up to extend the reach of Imation’s Odyssey solution. Leveraging existing relationships and industry expertise, Marketlink will provide a committed and experienced sales force to establish VAR relationships and enable broader end-user sales across the United States.“Imation’s Odyssey solution is fast, secure and easy-to-use, making it an obvious choice for today’s small businesses,” said Dan Dempsey, president, Marketlink Services. “With a proven track record of accelerating growth, our experienced sales force is committed to helping Imation reach out to and establish new relationships with VARs and end users across the country.”

Imation Corp.

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