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WD® Ships 320GB Capacity 2.5-Inch Hard Drives For Notebooks and Portable Storage Devices

  • 11 January, 2008 13:45

<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">WD's Continued Investments
in Technology Result in Capacity Leadership for the Mobile Market<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> - January 11 2008 - Western Digital announced
it is now shipping its new WD Scorpio® 320 GB 2.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA)
hard drives for notebook computers and portable storage devices.<br/>
<br/>
WD uses advanced head and media technology to achieve the world's highest capacity
2.5-inch, slim, 9.5mm form-factor hard drive and includes proprietary features
that make the drive extraordinarily quiet while running at cool operating temperatures.
The WD Scorpio 320 GB hard drives deliver high performance with 3 Gb/s transfer
rate and are destined for use in OEM notebook platforms that offer the highest
storage capacities to the worldwide market. <br/>
<br/>
"Consumer demands for high capacity storage are stronger than ever. WD
is again leading the industry by delivering high quality, high capacity product
to the market with the introduction of its new WD Scorpio 320 GB hard drive,"
said Campbell Kan, vice president of mobile computing business unit, Acer Inc.
"WD understands the increasing storage requirements of the notebook market,
allowing Acer to introduce high-capacity notebook solutions that meet our customer's
ever-growing demands." <br/>
<br/>
"In today's market, new notebook systems are increasingly targeting heavy
duty applications in the office and home," said Jim Morris, WD's vice president
and general manager of notebook storage. "As system manufacturers improve
performance and add data hungry features, high-capacity hard drives become a
key ingredient that allows users to fully benefit from the latest computing
technologies." <br/>
<br/>
The WD Scorpio 320 GB SATA hard drive is a direct result of the significant
investments WD has made in proprietary head technologies. With the introduction
of its latest-generation WD Scorpio drives, WD continues to offer mobile computing
and portable storage customers the same outstanding quality, reliability and
performance that have earned the company a leadership position in the desktop
PC market.<br/>
<br/>
The new WD Scorpio drive further expands the company's breadth of 2.5-inch,
5400 RPM, mobile hard drive offerings to capacity points up to 320 GB.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>WD Scorpio Exclusive Features</strong><br/>
<br/>
- WhisperDrive™ WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology combines state-of-the-art
seeking algorithms to yield the WD Scorpio 320 GB as one of the quietest 5400
RPM, 2.5-inch drives available. <br/>
<br/>
- ShockGuard™ Leading-edge ShockGuard technology combines firmware and
hardware advancements to protect the drive mechanics and platter surface to
meet the highest combined shock tolerance specifications required for mobile
and notebook applications. <br/>
<br/>
- IntelliSeek™ Another unique WD Scorpio 320 GB feature is its IntelliSeek
technology, which calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption,
noise and vibration. For a demonstration on IntelliSeek, visit the WD Web site
at <a href="http://www.wdc.com/en/flash/index.asp?family=intelliseek">http://www.wdc.com/en/flash/index.asp?family=intelliseek</a>.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Product Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product: 320GB WD Scorpio 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drives<br/>
Model: WD3200BEVT<br/>
320 GB RRP: A$299 / NZ$339<br/>
Website: <a href="http://www.westerndigital.com%20">www.westerndigital.com</a></font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">---------------------------------------<br/>
<strong>About WD</strong><br/>
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 (<a href="http://www.westerndigital.com">www.westerndigital.com</a>)
to access a variety of financial and investor information.<br/>
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<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><strong>PR Contact</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="http://www.gapmarketing.com.au">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a></font></p>

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