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WD Announces 750 GB Enterprise-Class Sata Hard Drives

  • 04 September, 2007 10:30

<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><strong><font size="3">WD Announces 750 GB Enterprise-Class Sata Hard Drives</font></strong><br/>
WD RE2 750 GB Hard Drives Deliver Cool, Fast, Reliable High-Capacity Performance</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><strong>Sydney Australia
- September 04, 2007</strong> - Addressing the needs for the growing enterprise
market for high-capacity, highly-reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE:
WDC) today announced it will be shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 750 GB hard
drive this month. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for high system performance.</font></p>
<p><img alt="RE2" height="120" src="http://www.westerndigital.com/global/images/products/lftnocvr/120/wdfEnterprise_RE2_xxYS.jpg" width="120"/>
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"></font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">"WD has continued to
leverage its extensive experience from previous RAID Edition drives, to develop
a hard drive perfectly suited for a variety of high-capacity enterprise applications.
These drives demand high capacity, reliability, performance and advanced features,"
said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of enterprise storage,
WD.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Addressing a growing high-capacity
enterprise market, WD RE2 drives are reliability-rated at 1.2 million hours
MTTF (mean time to failure) in high duty cycle environments. Combined with a
new 750 GB capacity, this provides enterprise-class drives with reliability
and other required attributes for demanding server and network-attached storage
environments, such as file servers, e-mail servers and Web servers. Other proven
features incorporated in the new WD RE2 750 GB hard drives include:</font></p>
<p></p><ul>
<li><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">SecurePark™ for
improved shock characteristics</font></li>
<li><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">StableTrac™ for
improved vibration performance</font></li>
<li><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">IntelliSeek™ to
reduce power consumption, noise and vibration</font></li>
</ul>
<font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">WD RE2 750 GB hard drives
include the company's SecurePark technology, which parks the recording heads
off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is not operating.
Unlike drives without SecurePark, the feature improves non-operational shock
tolerance by ensuring that the recording heads never touch the disk surface,
reducing head and surface wear and enhancing long-term reliability.</font>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Used on WD high-capacity
hard drives and to further ensure reliability, WD's StableTrac technology was
incorporated. StableTrac's motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced
vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write
operations. Most current hard drive designs feature motors that are only attached
on the bottom of the hard drive, which can cause missed read revolutions. StableTrac
allows end-user data to be retrieved fast without missing revolutions.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">With IntelliSeek, the actuator's
movement is controlled so the head reaches the next target sector just in time
to read the next piece of information, rather than rapidly accelerating and
waiting for the drive rotation to catch up. This smooth motion reduces power
usage by more than 60 percent compared with standard drives, as well as quiets
seek operation and lowers vibration. Lower power leads to a reduction in heat
generation, resulting in greater long-term reliability.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">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/>
WD RE2 750 GB (model WD7500AYYS) hard drive will be available on the company's
online store (<a href="http://www.westerndigital.com">www.westerndigital.com</a>)
and through select distributors and resellers. More information about WD RE2
enterprise drives may be found on the company's Web site at <a href="http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=335">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=335</a>.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><strong>Product Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product: WD RE2 750 GB (model WD7500AYYS)<br/>
AUSTRALIA RRP: AU$429<br/>
NEW ZEALAND RRP: NZ$489<br/>
Website: <a href="http://www.gapmarketing.com.au">www.westerndigital.com</a></font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><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 close-at-hand and secure from loss. WD applies its storage
expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage products.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">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.</font></p>
<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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