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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.
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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