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Brussels, 31 of August 2006

Security-conscious organisations can now destroy discs the environmentally friendly way
- Plextor launches the first security device in the world which destroys data on a CD/DVD

Plextor today launches the environmentally friendly and high-tech alternative to the disc shredder - PlexEraser PX-OE100E. Designed for security-conscious organisations such as financial institutions, Government departments, the military, research establishments - and any company with commercially sensitive data - it is the first security device in the world which destroys data on a CD/DVD. The PlexEraser enables discs to be destroyed without the organic dye leaking from the disc - something not possible with a disc shredder/manual shattering - and leaves them ready to be recycled without any data being recoverable.

Being a stand alone unit, there is no need for a PC (and it doesn't fill up any drive bays or USB ports).

Rudy de Meirsman, Sales & Marketing Manager of Plextor Europe, says: "Physically breaking the discs means the organic dye can escape, which can damage the environment. PlexEraser is ideal for businesses that want to permanently destroy data in an easy to use and 'green' manner."

Plextor had developed its own new technology that destroys the data-logging part on the CD/DVD disc by a laser beam. This directly destroys the data recording layer in the disc, which means the data is unreadable and unrecoverable. After the data is destroyed, the drive automatically marks the disc to show which ones have been destroyed and which have not. The robust, professional drive is designed to be used continuously if necessary.

In addition to destroying discs in an environmentally-friendly way, the PlexEraser unit itself is manufactured to WEEE and RoHS directives. Regarding the Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Plextor has adhered strictly to the poisonous substance restriction that limits the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, the hexavalent chromium, the Pori smell making biphenyl(PBB), and Pori smell making diphenyl ether(PBDE) to protect the environment.

The PlexEraser destroys eight types of formats: CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW/DVD-R DL/DVD+R DL. It also destroys both 12cm and 8cm sizes. It takes, on average, 3 minutes to destroy CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW and 6 minutes for dual layer (DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL).

To prevent accidentally destroying your data, the PlexEraser is the only drive with a bright orange tray. It has an easy operation - simply insert the disc that you want to throw away and it starts automatically. When it finishes, the disc is automatically ejected. In addition it has low power consumption and very low operating noise, just 35 decibels - barely noticeable even in a quiet office.

The Plextor PlexEraser will be available from September 2006 at Plextor's network of dealers. It is covered by Plextor's Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); other countries 1-year carry-in).

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