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WD Ships Industry’s First 1TB Mobile Hard Drive

  • 04 August, 2009 10:20

<p><em>New Drives Offer the Highest Capacities to Date For Mobile Storage Applications
and Notebooks</em><br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> – <strong>04 August, 2009</strong> -
WD today announced two new mobile hard drives that reach new capacity extremes.
The highlight is a one terabyte model – the industry’s highest-capacity
2.5-inch drive available. Industry-leading 333 GB-per-platter technology enables
the new WD Scorpio® Blue™ SATA 2.5-inch hard drives to offer mobile
storage device and notebook users an enormous 1 TB capacity. A 750 GB WD Scorpio
Blue model also will be available.<br/>
<br/>
The WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB and 1 TB hard drives have a 12.5 mm form factor and
are ideally suited for use in portable storage solutions, such as the newly released
My Passport™ Essential™ SE Portable USB Drives. Other applications
include select notebooks and small form factor desktop PCs, where quiet and cool
operation are important. Both WD Scorpio Blue drives deliver high-performance
with a 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s) transfer rate.<br/>
<br/>
“The convergence of the growing mobile computing and digital media trends
produces demand for desktop-like capacities in portable devices,” said Jim
Morris, senior vice president and general manager of client systems at WD. “Our
new WD Scorpio Blue drives enable people to take even more of their digital collections
with them wherever they go and, realizing the value of their data, back up their
notebooks on their My Passport drives.”<br/>
WD Scorpio Blue hard drives offer high-performance, low power consumption and
cool operation in portable applications. They are designed with WD features to
be reliable and shock resistant while also delivering industry-leading capacity
and performance.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>WD Scorpio Blue Features</strong><br/>
<strong>WhisperDrive</strong>™ - WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology
combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to produce one of the quietest 2.5-inch
drives available. <br/>
<strong>ShockGuard</strong>™ - Leading-edge ShockGuard technology combines
firmware and hardware advancements to meet the highest combined shock tolerance
specifications required for mobile and notebook applications.<br/>
<strong>SecurePark</strong>™ - Parks the recording heads off the disk surface
during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording
head never touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability
due to less head wear and improved shock tolerance.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Product and Pricing Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB (model WD7500KEVT) and 1 TB (model WD10TEVT)<br/>
RRP for 750 GB: AU$229 , NZ$299<br/>
RRP for 1 TB: AU$339 , NZ$429<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=685</a>.<br/>
Australian Distributors: Synnex Australia, Achieva Australia<br/>
New Zealand Distributors: Ingram Micro NZ, Synnex NZ, VST<br/>
Availability: Now<br/>
Warranty: 3-year limited warranty.<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 designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard
drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from
loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and
enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its
own consumer storage and media products.<br/>
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading
OEMs, 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/>
<br/>
Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD Scorpio are registered trademarks in the
U.S. and other countries; Blue, My Passport, Essential, SecurePark, ShockGuard
and WhisperDrive are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S.
and other countries. 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
transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per
second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.<br/>
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<em><font size="1"><strong>EDITOR’S NOTES:</strong></font></em><strong><font size="1"><em></em></font></strong><font size="1"><em><br/>
WD product photos: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/branding/digitalphotos.asp#</a><br/>
Product Spec Sheets: <a href="#">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=685</a><br/>
Editorial review samples may be requested via WD’s Web site: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/pr/eval_request.asp</a></em><br/>
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<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au </a><br/></p>

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