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Massive Drive at 7,200 RPM Spin Speed Satisfies the
Most Demanding Storage Needs



Western Digital Corporation, a leader in personal computing storage, today
announced the availability of the highest performance 120 GB EIDE hard drive
on the market - a 7,200 RPM, 40 GB/platter model. Western Digital has begun
initial shipments of the WD Caviar 120 GB ATA/100 hard drive.



This marks the third consecutive first-to-market 7,200 RPM hard drive
delivered by Western Digital - which was first to deliver 7,200 RPM hard
drives in capacities of 80 and 100 GBs. According to TrendFOCUS in its CQ2
01 Quarterly Update, Western Digital “has become the leading supplier” in
the “expanding market” for 7,200 RPM hard drives.



“We appreciate Western Digital's commitment to providing top performance,
high capacity hard drives that support Compaq's top-of-the-line desktop
computing systems," said Brett Faulk, director of consumer desktop marketing
at Compaq Computer Corporation. "Working closely with suppliers such as
Western Digital, we will continue to deliver superior performance and the
latest technology our customers demand.”



“Western Digital is focusing on the high-performance category of desktop
hard drives where it has carved a leadership position,” said Richard E.
Rutledge, vice president of marketing at Western Digital. “The new WD Caviar
120 GB drive gives peace of mind to today’s digital-savvy and storage-hungry
power users who rely on their hard drives to perform quickly and
flawlessly.”



Western Digital currently maintains top performance honours from
StorageReview.com. Editor and reviewer Eugene Ra expressed that the WD
Caviar 100 GB desktop drive, announced July 11, 2001, “combines capacity
that simply overwhelms the rest of the competition with front-running
benchmark scores.”



The new WD Caviar 120 GB hard drive provides storage for up to 2,000 digital
photos, 5 hours of digital video, 45 hours of digital music, 22 games and 35
software programs and is ideal for users who take full advantage of massive
personal storage for work or pleasure-related activities such as
sophisticated business applications, digital video editing, music, movies
and photography. The WD Caviar 7,200 RPM family now includes 20, 30, 40, 60,
80, 100 and 120 GB capacity models, expanding Western Digital’s overall
product mix.




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. Cameo Technologies
delivers broadcast-quality video content to connected PC users, offering a
new branding medium for content companies and marketers. 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 (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor
information.


Western Digital is a registered trademark of Western Digital Technologies,
Inc. Keen Personal Media and TV4me are trademarks of Keen Personal Media,
Inc. SageTree is a registered trademark of SageTree, Inc. Cameo is a
registered trademark of Cameo Technologies, 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


Emma Smith
Senior Account Executive
Bluegrass Marketing Communications
Tel: 01264 323141
Fax: 01264 323251
emma.smith@bluegrass.co.uk
http://www.bluegrass.co.uk



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