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Western Digital Unveils 7,200 RPM FireWire Hard Drive

(July 19, 2001)
Western Digital Corp. has introduced an 80GB, 7200rpm external FireWire hard drive. The new hard drive is designed with Western Digital's 7,200 RPM WD Caviar drive and a new UDMA 66 1394 bridge card. The company says that the drive is three times faster than previous WD models in terms of transfer rate.

The 80 GB FireWire external drive is ideal for storing the mass data generated by digital video editing, digital camcorders, digital cameras, scanners and digital music collections and is a quick solution for backing up an internal hard drive in one step, on one drive. Hot swap capabilities allow users to share files between computers and provide easy connection of the new peripherals without turning the computer off.

WD's FireWire external hard drives, available in capacities of 30, 60 and 80 GB, provide additional storage that can be easily detached from the computer and locked up for security, or shared from computer to computer. The hard drives are compatible with any computer with a built-in FireWire port, using either Windows 98 SE or Mac OS 8.6 or higher operating systems. For computers without FireWire ports, Western Digital offers a PCI adapter for desktops and a CardBus PC Card for notebooks, which will add the FireWire interface to these legacy systems. All WD FireWire products carry a one-year warranty.

Western Digital's 80 GB FireWire external hard drives are expected to ship in August through Western Digital's retail partners, Internet resellers including catalog partners, selected distributors, and the Company's online store. Manufacturer's suggested retail price for WD's 80 GB FireWire Drive is $379.

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