LAKE FOREST, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Just in time to make a perfect holiday gift, WD(R) (NYSE: WDC) today announced that its new 320 GB capacity WD Passport(R) Portable Drives are now available at select retailers and this week at WD's online store (http://www.shopwd.com). This sharp increase in storage capacity puts almost a third of a terabyte of digital storage in the palm of your hand. WD Passport Portable Drives have become popular worldwide for their plug-and-play capability, stylish, ultra-portable design, and sleek piano-black finish. At less than five ounces, this lightweight drive fits neatly in a pocket or backpack and is the perfect gadget to back up today's increasingly large files. WD Sync(TM) software allows consumers to take desktop content with them by simplifying the synchronization of essential personal files and Microsoft(R) Outlook(R) data on a PC. Should owners misplace the drive, they know their data is protected with 128-bit encryption. Google(TM) software on the drive allows users to quickly locate files with the Google Desktop Search(TM) search tool, manage photos with Picasa(TM) photo organizer software and simplify Web searches with the Google Toolbar(TM) search bar. "The need for travel-friendly storage devices continues to be an area that is growing immensely with the advent of rich media content generated by consumers," said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD's branded products group. "It's not only music that's consuming space on desktops. Higher resolution pictures and HD videos eat up storage very quickly so we're excited to make a portable 320 GB solution available for consumers on the move." A product specification sheet and photos of WD Passport Portable Drives are available on the company's Web site at http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=387. Price and Availability WD Passport Portable Drives and WD Passport carrying cases are available now at select retail stores and are expected this week at WD's online store (http://www.shopwd.com). MSRP for the WD Passport Portable Drive 320 GB is $229.99 USD. About WD WD, 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 produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications. WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information. This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to availability of the 320 GB capacity WD Passport Portable Drives and the growing demand for travel-friendly storage devices. These forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations, and actual results may differ materially as a result of several factors, including: supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry and business conditions generally; and other risks and uncertainties listed in WD's recent SEC filings, including its form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter of 2008. WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or for any other reason. Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD Passport are registered trademarks; WD Sync is a trademark of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies. 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071203/LAM004) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000711/WDCLOGO)
SOURCE Western Digital Corp.