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7,200-RPM Spin Speed Delivers the Top Performance that
Users of High Capacity Demand


Western Digital Corporation, a leader in personal computing storage, today
announced the availability of the highest capacity high-performance desktop
EIDE hard drive - a 7,200 RPM three-platter model offering 100 GB of digital
storage. Shipments of the 100 GB hard drives are expected to begin this
month.


The new WD Caviar™ is the latest result of Western Digital's charter to
maximise desktop computer performance for all users, especially those who
take full advantage of massive personal storage for activities such as
sophisticated business applications, digital video editing, music, movies
and photography.


"Western Digital's focus on the desktop market's 7,200 RPM performance
sector resulted in a share leadership position for the company the first
calendar quarter of 2001," said Mark Geenen, founder of market research firm
TrendFOCUS. "This high-performance segment continues to grow at faster rates
than the 5,400 RPM market and Western Digital is in the right position to
capitalise on this trend."


The 7,200 RPM spin speed improves overall drive performance, which in turn,
improves desktop computing performance. The new 100 GB WD Caviar hard drives
can store a combination of 1,800 digital photos, 4 hours of digital video,
40 hours of digital music downloads, 18 digital games, and 30 software
programs.


"Western Digital continues to hold the leading market share of 7,200 RPM
drives by delivering hard drives with the unique combination of exceptional
performance and high capacity," said Richard E. Rutledge, Western Digital
Vice President of Marketing. The WD Caviar 7,200 RPM family now includes 30,
40, 60, 80 and 100 GB capacity models, expanding Western Digital's overall
product mix.


Corporate users benefit from the storage and performance strides Western
Digital brings to the local storage desktop market. Businesses need local
storage capacity that can manage the heavy data traffic required by large
business applications and the rich, digital media content that is delivered
with increasing frequency to desktop computers via broadband Internet
connections.



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 helps cable TV MSOs build their
brand and revenue by providing personal video recording technology and
services. 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
relating to the growth of the high performance segment and the availability
of the WD Caviar 100 GB 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; 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 registered
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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