WESTERN DIGITAL UNVEILS INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST CAPACITY 7,200 RPM FIREWIRE HARD DRIVE Thursday 19 July 2001 PDF Print New External Hard Drive is Three Times Faster than Previous WD Models and Provides Quick, Easy-To-Add Storage for Macintosh and PC Computers Western Digital Corporation, a leader in personal computing storage, today introduces the storage industry’s highest performance 80GB FireWire external hard drive. The new hard drive provides a quick and easy way to add storage in a space-efficient, stackable enclosure compatible with Macintosh and PC computers. Designed with Western Digital’s 7,200 RPM WD Caviar drive and a new UDMA 66 1394 bridge card, this product is three times faster than previous WD models in terms of transfer rate. The 80 GB FireWire external drive is ideal for storing the mass data generated by digital video editing, digital camcorders, digital cameras, scanners and digital music collections and is a quick solution for backing up an internal hard drive in one step, on one drive. Hot swap capabilities allow users to share files between computers and provide easy connection of the new peripherals without turning the computer off. “With the increasing popularity of data-rich applications, including the management of large data files and digital music, video and photography, WD's FireWire external hard drives provide the ideal, simple, storage solution,” said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital. “Users can add mass amounts of high-performance storage by simply adding these plug and play external hard drives. If even more storage is desired, the drives stack together and can be daisy-chained.” WD’s FireWire external hard drives, available in capacities of 30, 60 and 80 GB, provide additional storage that can be easily detached from the computer and locked up for security, or shared from computer to computer. The hard drives are compatible with any computer with a built-in FireWire port, 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 80 GB FireWire external hard drives is expected in late August through Western Digital’s retail partners, Internet resellers including catalogue partners, selected distributors, and the Company’s online store. About Western Digital Western Digital, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations 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 the availability of the 80 GB FireWire external hard 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. 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