~ 8 MB Buffer EIDE Hard Drive Delivers
Data to Users at Fastest Rates Available
Western Digital Corporation, a leader in personal computing storage, today
announced the WD Caviar(TM) 120 GB Special Edition hard drive that uses an 8
MB buffer - the largest buffer available today in a 7,200 RPM desktop EIDE
hard drive -- to deliver data to users at the fastest rates available.
The new WD Caviar hard drive combines the speed and performance of the
previously announced WD Caviar 100 GB Special Edition 8 MB buffer with the
massive capacity of 120 GB.
"This drive truly represents what can be achieved when speed and
performance are combined with capacity -- the ability to handle users' most
demanding applications such as digital video editing and commercial
applications such as entry-level enterprise storage devices," said Rich
Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital. "These greater
capacity drives open the door for new types of usage that seemed far-fetched
only a short time ago."
The WD Caviar 120 GB Special Edition 8 MB buffer hard drives provide a
higher percentage of cache hits and significantly faster time to data than
industry-standard 2 MB versions. The larger buffer improves performance
because there is a reduction in the number of physical accesses to the disk.
This allows data to stream from the disk uninterrupted by mechanical
operations. The 8 MB buffer can also offer an advantage in a server
environment, where data typically is accessed across wider portions of the
disks. With additional buffer resources, read and write commands are more
quickly queued and served to the user.
"Western Digital is committed to delivering to our customers the most
meaningful products and services in the industry," said Arif Shakeel, chief
operating officer at Western Digital. "Our new Special Edition 8 MB buffer
products are proof of the deep innovation and technical expertise that
Western Digital is known for. We will continue to be benchmark-setters and
promise our customers new, different and exciting applications for our
This Special Edition drive is currently available via Western Digital's
online store at westerndigital.com and through select WD channel partners.
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 Cameo
Technologies, Keen Personal Media and SageTree meet the increasing demand
for innovative information management solutions arising from the
proliferation of Internet and broadband services.
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
Western Digital and WD Caviar are registered trademarks 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
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
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