Portable USB Drives are offered in capacities to 120 GB.

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Featuring plug-and-play functionality, WD Passport(TM) drives are designed to serve as digital file briefcases for adding extra data storage, backing up notebook computers, and sharing files between computers. Products are outfitted with quiet-running WD Scorpio(TM) 2.5-in. EIDE hard drives with capacities from 40-120 GB and feature Data Lifeguard(TM) data loss protection. All units are certified to meet all applicable safety requirements.



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WD Passport(TM) Portable USB Drives, One of USA Today's 'Ten Coolest Products,' Now Available With 120 GB



LAKE FOREST, Calif., Feb. 6 -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE:WDC) today announced that its WD Passport(TM) Portable USB Drives are now available with 120 GB capacity. WD Passport Portable USB Drives were recently named one of the "Ten Coolest Products" by USA Today Now: Personal Technology magazine (Nov. 2005). With no need for a separate power supply (for most systems), WD Passport Portable USB Drives are easy to use anywhere -- simply plug in and store.

Designed with sleek rounded corners and a textured, non-slip rugged protective case, WD Passport Portable USB Drives are outfitted with high-performance, low power-consuming, cool and quiet-running WD Scorpio(TM) 2.5-inch EIDE hard drives, as well as Data Lifeguard(TM) protection, to provide maximum safeguard from data loss. The ease-of-use and elegant design of WD Passport Portable USB Drives have garnered numerous accolades from media worldwide including: "Best Product" from ComputerBild magazine Germany; "One of the ten coolest gadgets" according to Cosmopolitan magazine Spain; and "Best Buy" from Computershopper in the UK.

The drives are offered in capacities of 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 GB. Also available is an optional WD Passport carrying case for conveniently and stylishly transporting the portable hard drives.

WD Passport Portable USB Drives are designed to serve as a digital file briefcase by enabling owners to add instant extra storage; slip the drive into a WD Passport carrying case for on-the-go convenience; back up their notebook computers for extra data safety; and easily share files between computers. WD Passport Portable USB Drives with 120 GB can store approximately 53 hours of DVD-quality movies or over 30,000 MP3 music files or approximately 34,000 digital photos.

WD Passport Portable USB Drives and WD Passport carrying cases are available at retail stores and online retailers. WD Passport Portable USB Drives may also be purchased via the company's online store (www.westerndigital.com). Estimated pricing for the WD Passport Portable USB Drive 120 GB capacity is $199 USD; estimated pricing for the WD Passport carrying case is $24.99 USD.

WD Passport Portable USB Drives are able to withstand the rigors of mobile professionals and other users who prefer to take their data with them. Safety tests make WD Passport Portable USB Drives one of the few external drives with certification to meet all applicable safety requirements. A product specification sheet and photos of WD Passport Portable USB Drives are available on the company's Web site at http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=199.

"Simple and easy to use, WD Passport Portable USB Drives combine stylish design with one of the most rugged and reliable 2.5-inch hard drive in its class to deliver a portable USB hard drive worthy enough to be named one of the 'Top Ten Coolest Products' by USA Today," said Jim Welsh, vice president and general manager of WD's branded products group. "With Data Lifeguard data protection, a WD Passport Portable USB Drive is dependable enough for our customers to consider it the portable file for their digital lives."

About WD

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's core business produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users' data close-at-hand and secure from loss.

WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under 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.

Western Digital is a registered trademark; WD, the WD logo, Data Lifeguard, WD Passport, and WD Scorpio are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

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