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With 30 GB Per Platter, WD Caviar Family Meets the
Capacity and Performance Needs of Mainstream Computing

Western Digital Corporation today announced the next-generation WD
Caviar hard drive family designed to meet the capacity, performance and
cost requirements of the mainstream desktop storage segment. The new WD
Caviar hard drive, a 5400 RPM, 30 GB-per-platter model, is now in volume

"Western Digital is the only hard drive manufacturer able to deliver
GB per platter now," said John Donovan, vice president of industry analyst
firm Trend Focus. "Progressing with momentum from its recent success in
7200 RPM performance market segment, Western Digital’s timely execution is
resulting in a significant competitive advantage."

With the introduction of the WD Caviar 30 GB-per-platter hard drive,
Western Digital continues to be a recognised time-to-market leader. The
WD Caviar family provides up to 60 GB of storage and is the first 5400 RPM
hard drive available with a 30 GB-per-platter design. Western Digital was
also the first manufacturer to deliver a 7200-RPM, 10 GB-per-platter
in December 1999 and then doubled its areal density to be the first with
GB per platter in August 2000.

"Western Digital’s achievement of 30 GB per platter is another
milestone demonstrating our commitment to customers, and the manner in
we are executing to meet their needs," said Arif Shakeel, executive vice
president and general manager of Western Digital’s Hard Drive Solutions
division. "The desktop market remains the critical core component of our
business. Time-to-market leadership in the desktop market also enables
Western Digital to continue to expand its personal storage technologies
non-PC areas."

The WD Caviar 5400 RPM, 30 GB-per-platter model is a two-platter
with as many as four heads. It will be available in 30, 40 and 60 GB
capacities. The drive also utilises new differential preamp technology
eliminates grounding noise and enables a higher data rate.

"By leveraging WD Caviar’s proven mechanical design, we were able to
architect the next-generation drives to deliver the speed and capacity
features required by the cost-sensitive mainstream computing segment,"
stated Rich Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital’s
Drive Solutions division. "With greater than 15% increase in performance
from the previous generation product, according to benchmarking tests
completed in Western Digital’s Functional Integrity Testing Laboratory
Lab), and more capacity per disk than ever before, users will have faster
access to more data and content such as photos, music and video."

About Western Digital

One of the data storage industry's longtime leaders, Western Digital
Corporation has leveraged its core strengths in becoming a leading
solutions company. Western Digital provides services and products to
store and communicate both digital content and network intelligence. The
Company remains an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of hard
for desktop computers and home entertainment applications. Through its
Connex subsidiary, Western Digital delivers enterprise-class storage
functionality for the department and mid-sized business markets, including
storage management software, network attached storage and storage area
networks. The Company's SageTree subsidiary markets packaged analytical
software applications and professional services to help manufacturers
quality and quality-related business decisions throughout the entire
chain and product lifecycle. Western Digital’s Keen Personal Media
subsidiary provides broadband software, services and hardware for
interactive television and Internet content management.

Western Digital was founded in 1970. The Company's storage products
marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the
Western Digital brand name. Its home page can be found at

Western Digital and WD Caviar are registered trademarks of Western Digital

Editorial Contacts:

Paul Calderwood

Western Digital Europe

Tel: 020 8763 2241

Fax: 020 8763 2245


Nick Barrance, Emma Gurd

Bluegrass Communications

Tel: 01264 323141

Fax: 01264 323251


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