WD(R) Personalizes Portable Storage With a Rainbow of Fashionable Colors for its Best-Selling My Passport(TM) Hard Drives

Small and Stylish, My Passport Essential(TM) USB Hard Drives Deliver 320 GB

of Portable Storage in the Palm of Your Hand

Apr 09, 2008, 01:00 ET from WD

    LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Just in
 time to make a perfect gift for Mother's Day, WD(R) (NYSE:   WDC) today
 introduced 10 fresh new colors for its My Passport(TM) Essential(TM)
 Portable USB Drives. Weighing in at less than 5 ounces, My Passport
 Essential USB Drives put almost a third of a terabyte of digital storage in
 the palm of your hand and are available now at select retailers.
     My Passport Essential Drives are simple to use, light and easy to
 carry, and require no power adapter -- they are powered directly through
 the USB cable(1). Equipped with sync and encryption software(2) for easy
 file transfer, the mega-capacity of the My Passport Essential Portable USB
 Drive makes it simple to securely carry thousands(3) of songs, videos or
     "Our striking new color selection gives our customers an opportunity to
 express their unique style, while securely storing and carrying the massive
 amounts of rich content generated by higher resolution cameras, HD videos
 and music," said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD's
 branded products and consumer electronics groups.
     WD Sync(TM) software allows consumers to easily synchronize essential
 personal files from their desktop PC to their My Passport drive. My
 Passport Portable USB Drives are great for file portability as well as
 keeping a backup copy of valuable content. 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 new colors include: brilliant orange, super sunny yellow, raindrop
 blue, arctic white, deep viola, cherry red, ultra mint, real red, intense
 blue, and vibrant pink.
     A product specification sheet and photos of WD Passport Portable Drives
 are available on the company's Web site at
     Price and Availability
     WD's My Passport Essential USB Drives are available now at select
 retailers. My Passport Essential USB Drives are offered in capacities of
 160 GB, 250 GB and 320 GB. MSRP for the WD Passport Essential USB Drive
 with 320 GB is $179.99 USD, 250 GB capacity is $149.99 USD, 160 GB is
 $119.99 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.
     Western Digital, WD and the WD logo are registered trademarks in the
 U.S. and other countries; My Passport, Essential and WD Sync are trademarks
 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. One gigabyte (GB) =
 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible
 capacity varies depending on operating environment.
(1) An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit bus power. (2) Windows(R)-compatible only. (3) Results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080409/LAW031) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000711/WDCLOGO)