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Addition to Product Line Delivers Easy-To-Add, Secure Storage
to PC and Macintosh Computers

Western Digital Corporation today announced the availability of its new
60
GB FireWire external hard drives. Western Digital’s FireWire external
hard
drives offer personal storage with plug-and-play connectivity to
high-speed
devices such as digital cameras, digital video camcorders, and scanners
and
are ideal for transferring digital video and audio in real-time to
desktop
or portable computers.

“The number of digital cameras and digital camcorders sold to consumers
doubled over the past year according to industry research firm Gartner,”
said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western
Digital.
“These WD FireWire hard drives provide additional, secure storage and
most
digital camera and digital video cameras on the market today are
equipped
with FireWire terminals. If a PC or Macintosh is not FireWire-enabled,
WD’s
FireWire PCI adapters provide a simple solution.”

Each WD FireWire hard drive includes full-featured digital video editing
software (Adobe Premier 5.1 LE for Macintosh and Ulead VideoStudio for
Windows). The external hard drives provide a complete solution for
Internet
downloads, music files, video files, data files and photos.

Western Digital’s FireWire product line also includes 30 GB FireWire
external hard drives. The hard drives are compatible with any PC or
Macintosh with a built-in FireWire port or a FireWire adapter, using
either
Windows 98 SE or Mac OS 8.6 or higher operating systems. For computers
without FireWire ports, Western Digital offers a PCI adapter for
desktops
and a CardBus PC Card for notebooks, which will add the FireWire
interface
to these legacy systems. All WD FireWire products carry a one-year
warranty.

Widespread availability of WD’s FireWire 60 GB external hard drives is
expected in early May through Western Digital’s retail partners,
Internet
resellers including catalogue partners, selected distributors, and the
Company’s online store. Pricing is to be determined.

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. The Company’s core business
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 TV4me®
personal
video recorders 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. SANavigator develops and markets 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 the Company’s
Web
site (www.westerndigital.com <http://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 widespread availability of 60 GB FireWire
external
drives. 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; pricing, competition, the significant uncertainty
of
market acceptance of new products; 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.

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Western Digital is a registered trademark of Western Digital
Technologies,
Inc. Keen Personal Media and TV4me are trademarks of Keen Personal
Media,
Inc. Connex is a trademark of Connex, Inc. SageTree is a trademark of
SageTree, Inc. SANavigator is a trademark of SANavigator, 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
Email: nick.barrance@bluegrass.co.uk
Bluegrass Communications
Tel: 01264 323141
Fax: 01264 323251


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