WD(R) Unveils All New My Book(TM) Storage Appliances Popular, Easy-to-use Storage Solutions Now Smaller, Sleeker and Tailored

For Home and Office Needs



    LAKE FOREST, Calif., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WD(R) (NYSE:  
 WDC) today introduced its smaller, sleeker My Book(TM) external storage
 solutions: My Book Home Edition(TM), My Book Office Edition(TM) and My Book
 Essential Edition(TM). Ranging from 320 GB to 1 TB (terabyte), the new My
 Book models were designed with specific users in mind. Home users will
 appreciate the automatic and continuous backup of their precious memories
 on the My Book Home Edition. Office users will rely on the remote access
 and sharing capabilities of the My Book Office Edition. My Book Essential
 Edition meets the needs of users who seek simple, instant storage.
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     Demonstrations of the newly redesigned My Book family of external hard
 drives may be viewed at WD's booth (No. 864) at the DigitalLife(TM)
 (http://www.digitallife.com) event being held at Javits Center in New York
 from Sept. 27-30, 2007.
     "Just in time for the holidays, we have taken the world's number one
 selling external hard drive family and redesigned it to solve the
 particular needs of a diverse customer set," said Jim Welsh, vice president
 and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics
 groups. "With the new My Book family, WD delivers meaningful new features
 such as continuous backup and remote access while enhancing the qualities
 of elegance and simplicity that made this family of products so popular."
     My Book Home Edition for Preserving Precious Memories
     My Book Home Edition offers an effortless way to preserve all of life's
 important milestones -- from baby's first steps to family holiday
 celebrations -- all captured in digital photos and videos. The elegant,
 collectable My Book Home Edition takes up no more space than a paperback
 book and with automatic, continuous backup users can set up the drive to
 automatically store and backup all of their precious memories.
     My Book Home Edition combines:
     --  automatic, continuous backup that works in the background and gives
         peace of mind when it comes to keeping precious memories preserved;
     --  synchronization and encryption of data;
     --  capacity gauge that shows how much space is available on the drive;
     --  drive activity light;
     --  environmentally-friendly power-saving design that goes into standby
         mode after 10 minutes of inactivity and wakes up automatically when
         you're ready to use the drive;
     --  SmartPower(TM) feature that powers the drive on and off with the
         computer;
     --  high-performance triple interfaces (USB 2.0, FireWire 400(R), eSATA)
         for convenience and compatibility among multiple computers, including
         both Mac(R) and PC;
     --  protected by a 3-year limited warranty;
     --  Kensington(R) security slot that works with a Kensington lock kit to
         secure the drive to your desk; and,
     --  Google(TM) Toolbar, Google Desktop, and Picasa software.
     My Book Office Edition for Protecting Business Assets
     My Book Office Edition is the perfect solution for protecting business
 assets with the ability to back up important data to multiple destinations
 and synchronize working files to keep them current and secure. Users can
 set it and forget it; every time a file is changed on the My Book Office
 Edition, it is automatically backed up. Road warriors will benefit from the
 ability to access the files on the My Book Office Edition from anywhere
 with the included MioNet(R) services.
     My Book Office Edition is equipped with:
     --  automatic, continuous backup that works in the background and gives
         peace of mind when it comes to preserving critical information;
     --  USB 2.0 interface;
     --  MioNet(R) DriveAccess(TM) that allows users to access (1) this drive
         from anywhere and securely share the files on it free for the lifetime
         of the drive;
     --  Small Business Tools (1) to take control of a desktop remotely, share
         a computer screen for online meetings, and gain access to files on any
         of your computers;
     --  synchronization and encryption of data;
     --  3-year limited warranty;
     --  capacity gauge;
     --  Kensington security slot;
     --  SmartPower features; and,
     --  Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, and Picasa software.
     My Book Office Edition is compatible with both PC and Mac (Windows(R)
 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 11.4.8 or later) computers.
     My Book Essential Edition for Simple, Instant Storage
     My Book Essential Edition offers an effortless way to add more storage
 capacity to home or office computers. The drives are equipped with a USB
 2.0 interface that offers convenience and compatibility among multiple
 computers; SmartPower features that power the drive on and off with the
 computer; and a 1-year limited warranty.
     Availability and Pricing
     My Book Home Edition, My Book Office Edition and My Book Essential
 Edition storage appliances with capacities ranging from 320 GB to 1 TB are
 available now at select retail stores, online retailers and in the United
 States directly from WD at http://www.shopwd.com. Estimated pricing for the
 My Book product family ranges from $129.99 USD to $379.99 USD depending on
 model and capacity.
     A 3-D view and more information on the My Book family of external
 storage products can be found at http://www.wdmybook.com.
     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 products.
     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, WD logo and MioNet are registered trademarks; My
 Book, My Book Home Edition, My Book Office Edition, My Book Essential,
 SmartPower and DriveAccess 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. Product specifications are subject to
 change without notice.
     (1)  Computer must be turned on in order to use remote access feature.
     (2)  MioNet premium services are free for one year.
 
     Company contacts:
     Constance A. Griffiths
     WD Press Relations
     949.672.7891
     Constance.Griffiths@wdc.com
 
     Bob Blair
     WD Investor Relations
     949.672.7834
     Robert.Blair@wdc.com
 
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SOURCE WD

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