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WD® Launches Industry’s First 2 TB Hard Drives

  • 28 January, 2009 14:30

<p><em>WD's Eco-friendly, Cool and Quiet, WD Caviar® Green™ Drive Marks
the Largest Capacity Hard Drive in the Industry</em> <br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> - <strong>January 28, 2009</strong> - WD today
announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity
drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool
and quiet, WD® Caviar® Green™ hard drive family. This new 3.5-inch
platform is based on WD's industry-leading 500 GB/platter technology (with 400
Gb/in2 areal density) with 32 MB cache, producing drives with capacities of up
to 2 TB.<br/>
<br/>
"While some in the industry wondered if the end consumer would buy a 1 TB
drive, already some 10 percent of 3.5-inch hard drive sales are at the 1 TB level
or higher, serving demand from video applications and expanding consumer media
libraries," said Mark Geenen, President of Trend Focus. "The 2 TB hard
drives will continue to satisfy end user's insatiable desire to store more data
on ever larger hard drives."<br/>
<br/>
WD Caviar Green is one of the most successful product lines in the company's recent
history with its third-generation GreenPower™ technology, now providing
2 TB of proven reliable storage for today's high-resolution files and graphics.
WD Caviar Green drives are designed for use in USB/FireWire®/eSATA external
hard drives, desktop computers, workstations, and desktop RAID environments.<br/>
<br/>
"Saving power without sacrificing storage capacity is what consumers want,
and what many businesses are requiring today. With the launch of the new WD Caviar
Green 2 TB hard drive, customers receive the additional capacities needed to operate
today's highly advanced programs and high-resolution digital files while using
less power than typical drives with similar performance and capacities,"
said Jim Morris, WD senior vice president and general manager of client systems.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture, Cool, Quiet Hard Drives</strong><br/>
A number of advanced technologies enable the speed, capacity and performance of
WD's Caviar Green 1.5 TB and 2 TB hard drives. Those include: StableTrac™,
which secures the motor shaft at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration
and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations1;
IntelliPower™, which fine-tunes the balance of spin speed, transfer rate
and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and
solid performance; IntelliSeek™, which calculates optimum seek speeds to
lower power consumption, noise, and vibration; and NoTouch™ ramp load technology,
which is designed to ensure the recording head never touches the disk media resulting
in significantly less wear to the recording head and media, as well as better
drive protection while in transit.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Product Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD Caviar Green 2 TB (model: WD20EADS)<br/>
RRP for 2 TB : AU$469, NZ$589<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=576</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</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 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 (<a href="#">www.westerndigital.com</a>)
to access a variety of financial and investor information.<br/>
1 The StableTrac feature is only included on the 2 TB model.<br/>
<br/>
###<br/>
Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD Caviar are registered trademarks of Western
Digital Technologies, Inc. in the US and other countries; Green, IntelliPower,
IntelliSeek, NoTouch, StableTrac, and GreenPower 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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