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WD® Ships 500GB Capacity Notebook Hard Drives

  • 29 September, 2008 12:20

<p>Company Expands Industry Leadership in Areal Density at 250 GB-Per-Platter For
2.5-inch Standard Form Factor Notebook Hard Drives <br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> – <strong>September 29, 2008</strong>
- WD® today announced that it has commenced volume shipments and OEM qualification
of its WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook hard drives with capacities up to with
500 GB. Utilising industry leading 250 GB-per-platter technology, the new WD Scorpio®
Blue™ 500 GB and 400 GB SATA hard drives are designed for notebook computers
and portable storage devices.<br/>
<br/>
WD Scorpio Blue delivers high-performance with a 3 Gb/s transfer rate, while including
proprietary features that make the drive extraordinarily quiet, while running
at cool operating temperatures. The WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB is the highest capacity
2.5-inch, standard form-factor (9.5mm) hard drive shipping-to-date, and is developed
for use in OEM notebook platforms that offer the highest storage capacities to
the market.<br/>
<br/>
“WD continues to provide the mobile market with high-capacity storage everywhere
consumers and business professional travel,” said Jim Morris, WD's vice
president and general manager of notebook storage. “Notebook system manufacturers
continue to improve performance, while adding data hungry features. The WD Scorpio
Blue 400 GB and 500 GB hard drives provide the capacity needed to maximize the
latest features and functions available in today’s notebook computers, while
relying on WD’s exceptional reliability.”<br/>
<br/>
The new WD Scorpio Blue drive further expands the company's range of 2.5-inch,
5400 RPM, mobile hard drive offerings to capacity points up to 500 GB.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>WD Scorpio Blue Features<br/>
</strong><strong>WhisperDrive™</strong> - WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology
combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield WD Scorpio Blue hard drives
as one of the quietest 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch drives available.<br/>
<strong>ShockGuard™</strong> - 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/>
<strong>IntelliSeek™ </strong>- Another unique WD Scorpio Blue 500 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</a><br/>
<br/>
<strong>Product Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD Scorpio Blue<br/>
RRP for 500 GB (model WD5000BEVT): AU $279 NZ$299<br/>
RRP for 400 GBa (model WD4000BEVT) : AU $239 NZ$265<br/>
Warranty: 3-year limited warranty<br/>
Website: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Product link and Photos: <a href="#">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=506</a><br/>
Australian Distributors: Achieva, Synnex Australia, Today Tech, Westan<br/>
New Zealand Distributors: VST, Ingram Micro NZ, Synnex NZ<br/>
<br/>
<strong>About WD<br/>
</strong>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.<br/>
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.<br/>
<br/>
# # #<br/>
<br/>
Western Digital, WD, WD logo and WD Scorpio are registered trademarks in the U.S.
and other countries; IntelliSeek, ShockGuard and WhisperDrive are trademarks of
Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks herein are property of
their respective owner. As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one
million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) =
one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au </a></p>

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