WD(R) Unveils High Performance, Eco-Friendly Storage for Creative Professionals and Mac(R) Computer Enthusiasts

Equipped with WD GreenPower(TM) Hard Drives, Quad Interface and RAID 0

(Striped), New Dual-drive External Storage Systems Deliver a Perfect Blend

of Maximum Performance and Power Savings

ORLANDO, Fla. and LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 2, 2008

Apr 02, 2008, 01:00 ET from Western Digital

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Photoshop World Booth No. 604 -WD(R) (NYSE:   WDC)
 today introduced its My Book(R) Studio Edition(TM) II high-performance
 dual- drive storage systems which are designed to seamlessly work with
 Mac(R) computers and provide an ideal blend of power savings and high
 performance. Available now at select retailers and the WD online store
 (www.shopwd.com), the new My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage
 systems are available in capacities of 1 TB and 2 TB.
     The new eco-friendly(1) dual-drive My Book Studio Edition II external
 storage systems use WD's GreenPower(TM) hard drives for power savings and
 cool and quiet operation. The system's dual-drive, RAID 0 configuration and
 high- speed interfaces deliver high performance for creative professionals,
 workgroups, small offices and anyone looking for fast data transfer.
     Formatted(2) for Mac computers, these new storage systems feature:
 extra- fast performance with four interfaces (FireWire(R) 400/800, eSATA,
 USB 2.0); factory-shipped in RAID 0 (Striped) configuration [RAID 1
 (Mirrored) configurable]; cool, eco-friendly operation with WD GreenPower
 drives that consume approximately one-third less power than standard
 dual-drive external storage systems and efficient convection cooling
 architecture and power-saving mode; designed without a fan to run quietly;
 5-year limited warranty; automatic and continuous backup software; capacity
 gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on the system;
 intelligent drive management features, including automatic power-up, Safe
 Shutdown(TM) and LED status and activity lights(3); user serviceability,
 enabling owner to open the enclosure and replace the drive inside; and
 elegant silver metallic finish that perfectly complements other Mac
     "WD developed the My Book Studio Edition II external drives to satisfy
 the needs of Mac enthusiasts and creative professionals who require
 extra-fast performance, but also want it to be as environmentally friendly
 as possible," said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD's
 branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Configured with RAID 0
 out of the box, photographers, graphic artists, videographers, and others
 who require large amounts of storage will experience high performance
 combined with power savings and quiet operation when they use the new My
 Book Studio Edition II storage system."
     Demonstrations of the My Book Studio II Edition storage systems may be
 viewed at Photoshop World Booth No. 604 being held at the Orange County
 Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Apr. 2-4, 2008.
     Extra-fast Performance with RAID 0
     Lightning-fast eSATA or FireWire 800 interfaces combined with RAID 0
 (Striped) yields the speed users need for: fast, smooth video editing;
 rendering complex 3D objects or special effects; and saving huge blocks of
 data in record time. With RAID 0, users can have 2 TB of storage in an
 elegant, small footprint design that offers plenty of room to store an
 entire digital photo library and hundreds of hours of HD movies or digital
 video (results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features,
 software and other factors).
     Pricing and Availability
     My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now
 at select retailers and WD's online store (www.shopwd.com). MSRP for My
 Book Studio Edition II with 1 TB is $349.99 USD; MSRP for My Book Studio
 Edition II with 2 TB is $599.99 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 (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of
 financial and investor information.
     Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and My Book are registered trademarks;
 My Book Studio Edition II 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) My Book Studio Edition II dual drive systems consume approximately
 one-third less power than standard dual-drive storage systems. Tests based
 on comparison between a 1 TB dual-drive system using 7200 RPM drives and a
 1 TB dual-drive system using WD's GreenPower drives.
(2) Includes a CD for PC formatting. (3) Works with USB and FireWire connections only. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080402/LAW035) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000711/WDCLOGO)

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