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Western Digital (WD) announced today the UK launch of the Select WD Partner
programme in support of resellers, systems houses and systems integrators
that promote WD storage solutions.


The Select WD Partner programme gives Resellers, systems houses and systems
integrators the opportunity to enjoy a direct relationship with the
manufacturer in a number of important areas. It is seen as an important way
of supporting WD’s network of distributors.


Resellers who qualify for membership will benefit from direct access to a
dedicated WD marketing team, listing on the WD website as an official
dealer, official certification as a Select WD Partner, regular mailings of
technical information and marketing news, individual product training and
supply of marketing material.


Marketing Development Funds are also offered to resellers who reach
specified sales targets.


Trudy Benney, Sales, Hard Drive Solutions, said “Being better informed
through this programme will give our partners a competitive edge. We provide
them with outstanding product knowledge, strong selling arguments and their
own personal WD contacts.


“The Programme has been running successfully for several years in the USA
and Germany producing great results both for our partners and WD in the
countries targeted. Resellers in the UK will now experience the benefit of
this fully developed programme.”
Companies interested in obtaining more information about the programme are
invited to contact Trudy Benney by email at Trudy.A.Benney@wdc.com.


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 http://www.westerndigital.com to access a
variety of financial and investor information.


This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements.
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.


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
Bluegrass Communications
Tel: 01264 323141
Fax: 01264 323251
Email: nick.barrance@bluegrass.co.uk




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