WD 400GB Caviar SE16 Hard Drive Available Now

Western Digital announced the availability of its new high capacity 400 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar(R) SE16 desktop-class hard drives. With 7,200 RPM spindle speed, native SATA technology and 16 MB cache, the new desktop-class WD Caviar SE16 400 GB hard drives are ideal for graphic design, video editing, gaming, advanced business computing and other high-end desktop applications. The WD Caviar product family delivers cool, quiet and high performance storage that has long made WD Caviar the hard drive brand of choice worldwide. Suggested retail pricing is $ 279 USD for WD Caviar SE16 400 GB hard drives. WD Caviar SE16 drives are covered under a 3-year warranty. Customers who order WD Caviar SE16 400 GB hard drives from WD’s online store before Aug. 31, 2005, will receive free standard shipping on all hard drives and special savings on all SATA hard drives.

Western Digital Corp. today announced the availability of its new high
capacity 400 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar(R) SE16 desktop-class hard drives.
With 7,200 RPM spindle speed, native SATA technology and 16 MB cache, the new
desktop-class WD Caviar SE16 400 GB hard drives are ideal for graphic design,
video editing, gaming, advanced business computing and other high-end desktop
applications. The WD Caviar product family delivers cool, quiet and high
performance storage that has long made WD Caviar the hard drive brand of choice
worldwide.

Separately the company announced a 3-year warranty for its desktop-class hard
drives, including WD Caviar, WD Caviar SE and WD Caviar SE16 — the highest
performance of the WD Caviar product family. "From 40 to 400 GB, the WD Caviar
desktop hard drive family has long been one of the world’s most popular hard
drive brands because the name has come to stand for reliability, performance and
cool and quiet operation," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president and general
manager of WD’s Computing Components Group. "WD offers a diverse range of hard
drives to satisfy the varied storage needs of our customers — from consumer
electronics to enterprise to desktop and notebook computing environments."

WD Caviar SE16 400 GB (Model WD4000KD)
Available now at WD’s online store (store.westerndigital.com) and from
WD-authorized distributors, the new desktop-class WD Caviar SE16 SATA 400 GB
hard drives (WD4000KD) combine a 16 MB cache with 150 MB/s transfer rate for
industry leading performance. Suggested retail pricing is $ 279 USD for WD Caviar
SE16 400 GB hard drives. WD Caviar SE16 drives are covered under a 3-year
warranty. Customers who order WD Caviar SE16 400 GB hard drives from WD’s online
store before Aug. 31, 2005, will receive free standard shipping on all hard
drives and special savings on all SATA hard drives.

Cool Drives and Enhanced Reliability
Heat is a major contributor to hard drive wear and cool drive operating
temperatures help increase long-term drive reliability. WD hard drives are
designed to have the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity desktop-class
hard drive. Lowering the drives’ power consumption means the operating
temperature of WD Caviar drives is much cooler which provides for enhanced drive
reliability. Cool drives are increasingly important for today’s multi-drive and
small-form-factor systems.

Whisper Quiet
Today’s PCs, digital video recorders and gaming machines are increasingly
operated in environments where noise is less tolerated. WD reduced WD Caviar
drive noise levels to be virtually imperceptible to the human ear in home and
business environments with its WhisperDrive(TM) technology, which features a
highly efficient power driver design. To reduce seek noise, SoftSeek(TM)
technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms, resulting in the drive
operating more efficiently when accessing and writing data.

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