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WD Passport earns “Ten Coolest Products” award

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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 byAdvertisement 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.comhere) “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.”

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