WD(R) Puts Elegance Into Portable Storage; Introduces New My Passport(TM) Essential(TM) USB Hard Drives Stylishly Small and Sleek, Newly-redesigned USB Drives Deliver 320 GB of

Personal Storage in the Palm of Your Hand



    LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WD(R) (NYSE:  
 WDC) today introduced its new My Passport(TM) Essential(TM) Portable USB
 Drives. Redesigned to complement WD's popular My Book family of external
 drives, the drives introduce a sleek new form that feels good in your hand
 and fits neatly in a pocket or purse. Available now at select retailers and
 at WD's online store (http://www.shopwd.com), the new My Passport Essential
 USB Drives feature a beautiful glossy black finish and put almost a third
 of a terabyte of digital storage in the palm of your hand.
 
     Weighing in at less than 5 ounces, My Passport Essential Drives are
 light and compact to carry and because they are bus powered, they do not
 need an external power adapter(1). Equipped with sync and encryption
 software (Windows(R)-compatible only), this lightweight drive with
 mega-capacity, makes it easy to securely carry thousands of songs, or
 videos or photos.
 
     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 newly designed My Passport Essential drives are the perfect
 travel-friendly storage device to hold the rich media content generated by
 higher resolution photos and HD videos and music," said Jim Welsh, vice
 president and general manager of WD's branded products group. "The desire
 to carry and keep their digital files close at hand continues to grow and
 this new drive offers a sleek and stylish solution with plenty of storage
 capacity 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=391.
 
     Price and Availability
 
     WD's My Passport Essential USB Drives are available now at select
 retail stores and from WD's online store (http://www.shopwd.com). MSRP for
 the WD Passport Essential USB Drive 320 GB is $199.99 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, 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. 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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080130/LAW023) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000711/WDCLOGO)

SOURCE Western Digital Technologies, Inc.

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