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WD Performer A/V-optimised hard drives for use in quiet home environments



Western Digital Corp. today announced that its WD Performer™ 40i hard drives
have been selected by TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO) for use in the new TiVo
Series2 digital video recorder (DVR) and that it has begun volume shipments
to TiVo.



Arif Shakeel, Western Digital president and chief operating officer, said,
"Digital entertainment is an important market for Western Digital, and
similar to gaming consoles, DVRs are one of many non-traditional products
creating increased demand for personal storage. TiVo is an established
leader in the expanding sector of DVRs."



The TiVo Series2 DVR offers more recording capacity at a lower cost and will
enable new entertainment services such as digital music, digital photos,
broadband video-on-demand, and video party games that can be enjoyed by the
entire family. TiVo DVRs record television programming directly to a digital
hard drive, eliminating the hassles of videotape. The TiVo Series2 DVR
offers up to 60 hours of recording time, in a newly designed box that is
TiVo’s smallest and sleekest yet.



"The qualification of Western Digital’s WD Performer 40i hard drives points
to the flexibility and stability of the TiVo Technology platform. Having a
choice of first class components for building digital video recorders is a
plus not only for TiVo, but for current and potential licensees" said Morgan
Guenther, TiVo’s president. "WD’s Performer family of hard drives offers the
quality and performance necessary to provide consumers with the
entertainment experience they expect from their television and from TiVo."



"Digital video recording requires thousands of gigabytes of digital storage
per week and advanced hard drive capacity is a critical component to meeting
the needs of this entertainment trend," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice
president of marketing at Western Digital. "Together, Western Digital and
TiVo provide consumers with leading technology that allows consumers to take
advantage of the unlimited offerings of digital television entertainment."



WD Performer hard drives are designed for use in DVRs, set-top boxes, home
servers, television receivers, digital audio/video (A/V) juke boxes, and
other consumer products. With 40 GB-per-platter, WD Performer 40i hard
drives are available in capacities ranging from 40 to 120 GBs. Its 120 GB
capacity provides users with up to 120 hours of standard MPEG video storage.



WD Performer 40i provides a steady data flow, quiet operation, and the
ability to handle multiple streams of data for simultaneous viewing and
recording - all features important to the personal and home entertainment
user.



WD Performer 40i hard drives incorporate Western Digital’s fourth-generation
WhisperDrive™ acoustic technologies, dramatically reducing noise - a feature
essential for use in consumer and computing applications where low noise is
desired. These enhanced technologies incorporate hardware and software
enhancements, which reduce sound power acoustics in commonly used seek
operations (during tests in Western Digital’s Functional Integrity Testing
Laboratory [FIT Lab™] and compared with acoustic emissions of desktop hard
drives). With higher capacity per disk, WD Performer hard drives require
fewer recording and playback heads, which means fewer parts and, in turn,
less heat and noise.



WD Performer 40i hard drives incorporate Western Digital’s Data Lifeguard™
that protects end-user data by automatically detecting, isolating and
repairing possible problem areas on the hard drive before data loss can
occur, significantly enhancing product reliability. Western Digital was the
first hard drive manufacturer to bring data integrity features to the hard
drive.



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 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 information.





This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
relating to an increased demand for storage driven by DVRs and other
non-traditional products incorporating disk drives and a trend towards
increased storage capacity caused by the requirements of digital video
recording. The forward-looking statements are based on current management
expectations, and actual results may differ materially as a result of
several factors, including the growth of demand for DVRs and other products
incorporating disk drives; uncertainties related to the development and
introduction of products for markets that are still evolving; 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 such statements.

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Editorial Contacts:





Paul Calderwood
Western Digital Europe
Tel: 020 8763 2241
Fax: 020 8763 2245
Email: kingswoodmktg@btinternet.com



Jeff Lea
Bluegrass Communications
Tel: 01264 323141
Fax: 01264 323251
Email: jeff.lea@bluegrass.co.uk


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