SEOUL, Korea ¡V Dec. 17, 2003 ¡V Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced availability in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Korea of its USB 2.0 external hard drive family. Users simply plug the preformatted external hard drive into an existing USB port on their PC or notebook to instantly increase their storage capacity. Designed with the newest and fastest USB technology, Western Digital USB 2.0 external hard drives provide high performance and capacity with 7,200 RPM rotational speed and capacities ranging from 80 to 160 GB.
¡§Novice to expert computer users can effortlessly increase storage capacity by simply connecting a Western Digital USB 2.0 external hard drive to their computer without the worry and confusion of opening their computer case,¡¨ said Jim Murphy, Western Digital¡¦s vice president of sales - Asia.
Western Digital¡¦s USB 2.0 external hard drives are ideal for adding reliable, high-performance storage for desktop users and provide notebook users a cost-effective way to increase their storage capacity. Additionally, the external drives are a convenient solution for backing up an internal hard drive in one location, rather than on multiple CDs or other removable media. Multiple drives can be stacked together and routed through a hub, enabling users to essentially add unlimited storage capability.
Western Digital¡¦s USB 2.0 external hard drives provide hot-swappable storage that can be easily disconnected from the computer and locked up for security, or shared from computer to computer. The hard drives are compatible with any computer with an available USB 2.0 port and are backwards compatible with existing USB 1.1 ports, using either Windows„¥ 98 SE or Mac„¥ OS 10.0 or higher operating systems. All Western Digital USB 2.0 products carry a one-year warranty.
Western Digital¡¦s USB 2.0 external hard drives are now available in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Korea through Western Digital¡¦s distributors in capacities of 80, 120 and 160 GB. Manufacturer¡¦s suggested retail price for Western Digital¡¦s USB 2.0 160 GB external hard drive is $249 USD.
About Western Digital
Western Digital, 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's core business produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users' data close-at-hand and secure from loss.
Western Digital was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the Western Digital brand name. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site ( ) to access a variety of financial and investor information.