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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
GB FireWire external hard drives. Western Digital’s FireWire external
drives offer personal storage with plug-and-play connectivity to
devices such as digital cameras, digital video camcorders, and scanners
are ideal for transferring digital video and audio in real-time to
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
“These WD FireWire hard drives provide additional, secure storage and
digital camera and digital video cameras on the market today are
with FireWire terminals. If a PC or Macintosh is not FireWire-enabled,
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
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
Windows 98 SE or Mac OS 8.6 or higher operating systems. For computers
without FireWire ports, Western Digital offers a PCI adapter for
and a CardBus PC Card for notebooks, which will add the FireWire
to these legacy systems. All WD FireWire products carry a one-year

Widespread availability of WD’s FireWire 60 GB external hard drives is
expected in early May through Western Digital’s retail partners,
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
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
management solutions arising from the proliferation of the Internet and
broadband services. Keen Personal Media provides interactive TV4me®
video recorders and set-top box software, services and hardware for
broadband television content management and commerce. Connex designs
Attached Storage products that enable IT managers to quickly expand
storage. SANavigator develops and markets software that simplifies the
central management of Storage Area Networks. SageTree is a software
providing enterprise manufacturing and supply chain analytic

Western Digital was founded in 1970. The Company's storage products are
marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under
Western Digital brand name. Visit the Investor section of the Company’s
site ( <>) to access
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
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
customer acceptance; pricing, competition, the significant uncertainty
market acceptance of new products; and other factors discussed in
Digital's recent SEC filings. Western Digital undertakes no obligation
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
Inc. Keen Personal Media and TV4me are trademarks of Keen Personal
Inc. Connex is a trademark of Connex, Inc. SageTree is a trademark of
SageTree, Inc. SANavigator is a trademark of SANavigator, Inc. All
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

Nick Barrance or Emma Gurd
Bluegrass Communications
Tel: 01264 323141
Fax: 01264 323251

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