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Notebook computers get just as hungry for storage space as their bigger desktop siblings and as of today they can now be outfitted with a bulging 320 GB hard drive.  Western Digital, maker of a large pecentage of mobile PC hard drives, has announced the release […]

Notebook computers get just as hungry for storage space as their bigger desktop siblings and as of today they can now be outfitted with a bulging 320 GB hard drive.  Western Digital, maker of a large pecentage of mobile PC hard drives, has announced the release of their largest 2.5 inch form drive yet, the Scorpio.  The Scorpio spins as 5,400 rpm and offers transfer rates of 3 GB/sec which is very nice and it works with SATA interfaces as found in most mobile PCs.  Western Digital claims the Scorpio contains technology to make the drive run quieter and cooler than earlier version drives.  Press release after the jump.

WD SHIPS 320 GB CAPACITY 2.5-INCH HARD DRIVES FORNOTEBOOKS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICES

WD’s Continued Investments in Technology Result inCapacity Leadership for the Mobile Market

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – October 31, 2007 – Western DigitalCorp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its new WD Scorpio® 320 GB2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives for notebook computers and portablestorage devices.

 WD usesadvanced head and media technology to achieve the world’s highest capacity2.5-inch, slim, 9.5mm form-factor hard drive and includes proprietary featuresthat make the drive extraordinarily quiet while running at cool operatingtemperatures. The WD Scorpio 320 GB harddrives deliver high performance with 3 Gb/s transfer rate and are destined foruse in OEM notebook platforms that offer the highest storage capacities to theworldwide market.

 "Intoday’s market, new notebook systems are increasingly targeting heavy dutyapplications in the office and in the home,” said Jim Morris, WD’s vicepresident and general manager of notebook storage. "As systemmanufacturers improve performance and add data hungry features, high-capacityhard drives become a key ingredient that allows users to fully benefit from thelatest computing technologies.”

 "Consumerdemands for high capacity storage are stronger than ever. WD is again leadingthe industry by delivering high quality, high capacity product to the marketwith the introduction of its new WD Scorpio 320 GB hard drive,” said CampbellKan, vice president of mobile computing business unit, Acer Inc. "WDunderstands the increasing storage requirements of the notebook market,allowing Acer to introduce high-capacity notebook solutions that meetcustomer’s ever-growing demands.”

 The WD Scorpio320 GB SATA hard drive is a direct result of the significant investments WD hasmade in proprietary head technologies. With the introduction of itslatest-generation WD Scorpio drives, WD continues to offer mobile computing andportable storage customers the same outstanding quality, reliability andperformance that have earned the company a leadership position in the desktopPC market.

 The new WDScorpio drive further expands the company’s breadth of 2.5-inch, 5400 RPM,mobile hard drive offerings to capacity points up to 320 GB.

WD Scorpio Exclusive Features

WhisperDrive(TM) – WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive technologycombines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield the WD Scorpio 320 GB asone of the quietest 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch drives available.

ShockGuard(TM) – Leading-edge ShockGuard technologycombines firmware and hardware advancements to protect the drive mechanics andplatter surface to meet the highest combined shock tolerance specificationsrequired for mobile and notebook applications.

IntelliSeek(TM) – Another unique WD Scorpio 320 GBfeature is its IntelliSeek technology, which calculates optimum seek speeds tolower power consumption, noise and vibration. For a demonstration onIntelliSeek, visit the WD Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/flash/index.asp?family=intelliseek.

Availability

 WD Scorpio 320GB drives (model WD3200BEVS) are available on the company’s online store (www.westerndigital.com). Moreinformation about WD Scorpio mobile drives may be found on the company’s Website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=377.

About WD

 WD, one of thestorage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products andservices for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digitalinformation. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives thatkeep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storageexpertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storageproducts.

 WD wasfounded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to leading systemsmanufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital andWD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company’s Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to access avariety of financial and investor information.

This press release contains forward-looking statements,including statements relating to expected increase in the pace for demand ofmobile 2.5-inch hard drives. These forward-looking statements are based oncurrent management expectations, and actual results may differ materially as aresult of several factors, including: supply and demand conditions in the harddrive industry and business conditions generally; and other risks anduncertainties listed in WD’s recent SEC filings, including its form 10-K forfiscal year 2007. WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-lookingstatements to reflect new information or events or for any other reason.

Western Digital, WD, the WD logo, WD Scorpio and WDPassport are registered trademarks and, ShockGuard, WhisperDrive andIntelliSeek are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All othertrademarks herein are property of their respective owner.

EDITOR’S NOTES: 

WD product photos: http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/branding/digitalphotos.asp#

Product Spec Sheets: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=377

Editorial review samples of WD Scorpio 320 GB may berequested via WD’s Web site: http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/pr/eval_request.asp

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