WD® 3.5-Inch SAS WD XE™ Hard Drives Offer Flexibility, Extension Of Datacenter Hardware Investments

WD® 3.5-Inch SAS WD XE™ Hard Drives Offer Flexibility, Extension Of Datacenter
                             Hardware Investments

New 3.5-Inch WD Performance Adapter Readies 2.5-Inch SAS Drives for Legacy
3.5-inch Datacenter Storage Systems

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., April 22, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --WD^®, a Western Digital
(NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in storage, today announced a new
3.5-inch SAS hard drive solution for legacy datacenter storage systems with
the release of the WD XE™, 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM SAS hard drive, now available
mounted in a 3.5-inch WD performance adapter. Shipping immediately, the WD XE
hard drives provide best-in-class performance, low power consumption, and an
easier upgrade path for existing 3.5-inch storage systems.

While demand for 3.5-inch, high-performance enterprise-class hard drives
slows, a need remains for an alternate high-performance storage device as a
transitional solution for legacy systems. WD XE hard drives offer
best-in-class sequential performance and provide a compelling upgrade for
datacenters migrating away from legacy drives nearing end-of-life.

"Delivering up to 50 percent higher capacity, similar or better maximum
sequential performance, higher reliability and up to 67 percent lower power
consumption versus 3.5-inch, 15,000 RPM drives, the new WD XE drives are the
answer for data center server and storage solutions needing a transition
strategy," said Rich Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's datacenters
business unit. "IT managers now have a worry-free migration path to the latest
enterprise performance drives from WD, while preserving their chassis and
solution investments."

WD XE 2.5-inch SAS hard drives in 3.5-inch performance adapters feature:

Highest performance in its class – WD XE delivers ultra-fast 6 Gb/s transfer
rates, best-in-class sequential data rate of 204 MB/s, and outstanding random
I/O performance;

Low power consumption – This 3.5-inch SAS drive delivers up to 67 percent
lower power versus 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM drives, which can result in
substantially lower total cost of ownership (TCO) while increasing capacity
and reliability;

Form factor – 2.5-inch drive mounted in 3.5-inch performance adapter for ease
of upgrade and ultra-cool operation;

Dual port, full duplex connectivity – Offers higher reliability, performance
and data availability by eliminating single points of failure, designed for
high-availability datacenter systems;

NoTouch™ ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk
media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well
as better drive protection in transit; and

Industry's highest reliability rating – 2 million hours MTBF.

Price and Availability

The WD XE SAS enterprise hard drives in 3.5-inch performance adapters,
shipping in capacities ranging from 300 GB to 900 GB, (models: WD3001HKHG,
WD6001HKHG, and WD9001HKHG); are available through select distributors and
resellers. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD XE hard
drives in performance adapters range from $229.99 to $599.99 USD. WD XE drives
are covered by a five-year limited warranty. More information about WD XE
enterprise hard drives and limited warranty terms may be found on the
company's website at http://wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=10.

About WD

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry
leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable,
high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are
deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise
computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as
well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD's leading
storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software
solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect,
shareand experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in
1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, please visit
the company's website at www.wd.com.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of
products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and
preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage
devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD,
HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's
website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor

Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western
Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries; WD XE and NoTouch
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. As used
for storage capacity, one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible
capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for transfer rate
or interface, gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.

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Website: http://www.wd.com
Contact: Heather Skinner, WD Public Relations, 949.672.7920,
heather.skinner@wdc.com; Bob Blair, Western Digital Investor Relations,
949.672.7834, robert.blair@wdc.com
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