Hitachi GST Extends Your Personal Cloud

New Family of USB 3.0 Hitachi Touro™ Pro Desktop and Mobile Drives Provide Local Backup and Online Cloud Storage for Access to your Content from Anywhere – Even from Your Tablet or Smartphone

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Delivering solutions that better fit your increasing mobile and connected lifestyles, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) is expanding its family of external storage and backup solutions with its new line of Hitachi Touro Pro desktop and mobile external hard drives. Delivering two levels of protection--local backup and cloud storage, the Touro Pro line is an all-in-one solution to help protect, transport and store your photos, music, videos and documents for easy access from anywhere.

Coupling online storage and local personal storage is vital in today’s mobile world. Your personal content and the public cloud are converging. Right in the middle of this is you. Your content. Your personal cloud – the stuff you want access to, from anywhere – online and from your tablet, smartphone, laptop or external drive.

Back it up, then beam it up

In addition to providing simple local backup, the Touro Pro family’s online storage option ensures your data is always protected and accessible in the cloud. With Hitachi’s intelligent storage solutions, you can access and share files from any web browser, tablet or smartphone – even from an iPhone and iPad using our apps. When using the cloud service, all content is stored in its natural format (no proprietary formatting), so files are easy to view, download and share from any web browser, anywhere. You can even share your online content with others by sending a web link.

Every customer receives 3GB of online storage for free and for more storage there is an option to upgrade to a quarter of a terabyte (250GB) for only $49 per year, which includes multiple computer protection. Upgrade to a paid account and receive the Apple® iPhone® or iPad® mobile digital device apps for free.

The Hitachi Touro Pro local backup software was developed in-house by our team of engineers. With a few clicks, the drive’s default setting will backup your photos, favorite music, videos, and documents from your computer directly to the drive. Once installed, backups run quietly and automatically every 30 minutes. And, it’s flexible enough to schedule custom backups on a time or day that’s convenient for you.

“Unbound by convention, Hitachi GST was the first to blend personal storage with cloud backup. We’re liberating our customers from the limitations of today’s technology and giving them free reign about where they store and how they access their digital content,” said Mike Williams, general manager of Hitachi GST Branded Business Group. “Our new intelligent storage products and services continue to redefine how we connect to our content - while providing data protection, simplicity and ease of use for just about anyone.”

Pricing and Availability

Featured in a sleek piano black design, Hitachi Touro Pro drives are easy-to-use with desktop and mobile solutions that cover virtually every Mac™ or PC™ users’ storage and backup needs. For simple add-on storage expansion only, Hitachi is offering a family of Hitachi Touro mobile and desktop solutions. The Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro and Touro Mobile drives are now available. The Hitachi Touro Desk Pro and Touro Desk versions will ship in June.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing includes:

             
Touro Mobile Pro Portable Drive     $109.99     500GB

-- Sleek mobile design

$129.99 750GB

-- Fast 7,200 RPM drives

-- Local and cloud backup, providing two levels of protection

-- Cloud access anytime, anywhere

-- Upgrade for more cloud storage and apps

-- USB 3.0 interface

-- USB powered

           
Touro Desk Pro External Drive $129.99 1TB

-- Stackable desktop design

$179.99 2TB

-- Fast 7,200 RPM drives

$229.99 3TB

-- Local and cloud backup, providing two levels of protection

-- Remote access anytime, anywhere

-- Upgrade for more cloud storage and apps

-- USB 3.0 interface

           
Touro Mobile Drive $79.99 320GB

-- Portable storage for your digital files

$99.99

500GB

-- Smooth, textured body for solid good looks

$119.99

750GB

-- USB 2.0 Interface

-- USB powered

           
Touro Desk Drive $99.99 1TB

-- Solid add-on storage for all your digital files

$149.99

2TB

-- Stackable desktop design

$199.99

3TB

-- Smooth, textured body for solid good looks

-- USB 2.0 Interface

-- AC Power Adapter

           
 

For more information please visit www.TouroPro.com or check out our social media profiles:

About Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, Hitachi GST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. Hitachi GST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachigst.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE:HIT) (TSE:6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and formatting. Hitachi external hard drives and Hitachi Backup serve as an element of an overall backup strategy. It is recommended that users keep two or more copies of their most important files backed up or stored on separate devices.

Touro and Hitachi Backup are trademarks of Hitachi GST. Hitachi trademarks are authorized for use in countries and jurisdictions in which Hitachi has the right to market the brands. Hitachi is not liable for third parties’ unauthorized use of Hitachi trademarks. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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Contacts

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Erin Hartin, 303-601-8035
erin.hartin@hitachigst.com
or
Voce Communications
Katie Watson, 408-439-2002
kwatson@vocecomm.com

New family of Hitachi Touro Mobile and Desktop external drives with local backup and cloud storage. 3GB of free online storage space. (Photo: Business Wire)

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New Family of USB 3.0 Hitachi Touro Pro Desktop and Mobile Drives Provide Local Backup and Online Cloud Storage for Access to your Content from Anywhere – Even from Your Tablet or Smartphone

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Contacts

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Erin Hartin, 303-601-8035
erin.hartin@hitachigst.com
or
Voce Communications
Katie Watson, 408-439-2002
kwatson@vocecomm.com