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Company Introduces 80 GB 7,200 RPM EIDE Product at
CeBIT Conference in Hanover, Germany (Mar. 22-28, 2001)

HANOVER, Germany - (CeBIT Hall 12, Booth C77) - Western Digital
Corporation,
a leader in personal computing storage, today announced at CeBIT the
availability of the highest capacity performance desktop EIDE hard drive
currently available - a 7,200 RPM, three-disk model offering as much as 80
GB of digital storage. The new WD Caviar™ is designed to meet the
increasing
demands for high performance, expansive personal digital storage. Units
are
currently being evaluated by OEM customers and are expected to begin
shipping to worldwide customers in April.

Corporate users benefit from having expansive storage capacity for the
ever-increasing storage requirements of business applications, data files
and multimedia files, as well as from the productivity benefits gained
from
fast access to data and applications. Hard drives using disks spinning at
7,200 RPM load applications and access data 33 percent faster than
standard
hard drives on average, resulting in hours - and potentially hundreds of
dollars - of productivity benefit per user each year.

Consumer users are provided with the additional capacity and
performance required for storage-rich activities such as Internet
downloads,
digital image storage, movie and music downloads, Internet gaming and home
video editing.

The third in a series of first-to-market product developments in
the
performance-desktop category by Western Digital, the new WD Caviar 7,200
RPM
hard drive family combines the performance benefits of high-speed hard
disks
with a new three-disk design to offer desktop PC users faster access to
more
applications and data than ever before.

“WD is providing innovative EIDE HDD solutions at impressive rates and
momentum has clearly shifted in the company's favour,” said John Donovan,
Vice President of industry analyst firm Trend Focus. “WD has earned the
No.
1 industry position for revenue gained from the 7,200 RPM performance
desktop segment during CQ4 2000 based on results for that quarter. This
success is largely due to the company's time-to-market advantage on its 20
GB-per-platter product family.”

Western Digital delivered the first 20 GB-per-platter 7,200 RPM product in
August 2000, and in December 1999, the first 10GB-per-platter 7,200 RPM
hard
drive.

“The personal storage needs of customers has been, and will
continue to
be, Western Digital’s focus,” Richard E. Rutledge, Western Digital Hard
Drive Solutions vice president of marketing, said. “With a new
three-platter
platform, the high-performance, high-capacity WD Caviar line provides our
customers a competitive advantage with the option of adding enormous
amounts
of fast local storage to their products. End users benefit from top
desktop
performance and the accessibility and security that massive local storage
provides.”

The new-generation WD Caviar uses the same advanced technologies
as
the previous WD Caviar model that achieved top performance honours from
industry trade media. As a result of Western Digital’s efficiently
integrated three-platter design, the new WD Caviar hard drive is as quiet
as
33 dBA, based on testing in Western Digital’s mechanical laboratories.

The WD Caviar 7,200 RPM family now includes 40, 60 and 80 GB
capacities, expanding Western Digital’s overall product mix to
comprehensively include capacities ranging from 10 to 80 GB. The addition
of the new three-platter design enables the company to effectively serve
the
capacity needs of approximately 99 percent of the desktop PC market.

About Western Digital

Western Digital, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time
leaders, provides products and services for people and organisations that
collect, manage and use digital information. Its core business, Hard
Drive
Solutions, produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep
users’
data close-at-hand and secure from loss.

Applying its data storage core competencies to emerging markets,
Western Digital’s new ventures meet the increasing demand for innovative
information management solutions arising from the proliferation of the
Internet and broadband services. Keen Personal Media provides interactive
personal video recorder and set-top box software, services and hardware
for
broadband television content management and commerce. Connex designs
Network
Attached Storage products that enable IT managers to quickly expand
network
storage, and software that
simplifies the central management of Storage Area Networks. SageTree is a
software company providing enterprise manufacturing and supply chain
analytic applications.

Western Digital was founded in 1970. The Company's storage products
are
marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the
Western Digital brand name. Visit the Investor section of our Web site
(www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor
information.

This release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements
relating to the time of shipment of the WD Caviar 3-platter 7,200 RPM
drive.
These forward looking statements are based on current management
expectations, and actual results may differ materially as a result of
several factors, including: uncertainties related to the development and
introduction of products based on new technologies; manufacturing ramp and
customer acceptance; the uncertainty of patent and proprietary technology
protection and the risks associated with litigation regarding patents and
other intellectual property rights; uncertainties regarding certification
by
the companies which own or control the operating systems; and other
factors
discussed in Western Digital's recent SEC filings. Western Digital
undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect
events or circumstances occurring after the date of the statements.

Western Digital is a registered trademark and WD Caviar and FIT Lab are
trademarks of Western Digital Corporation. Keen Personal Media is a
trademark of Keen Personal Media, Inc. Connex is a trademark of Connex,
Inc. SageTree is a trademark of SageTree, Inc. All other brand and
product
names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

Editorial Contacts:

Paul Calderwood

Western Digital Europe

Tel: 020 8763 2241

Fax: 020 8763 2245

Email: kingswoodmktg@btinternet.com


Nick Barrance or Emma Gurd

Bluegrass Communications

Tel: 01264 323141

Fax: 01264 323251

Email:
nick.barrance@bluegrass.co.uk

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