Simplifying transport of large quantities of digital content and information, Western Digital today unveiled its new WD Passport™ Portable USB Hard Drives. With no need for a separate power supply (for most systems), WD Passport Portable Drives, available in capacities of 40 or 80 GB, are easy to use anywhere – simply plug and go. WD Passport Portable Drives are outfitted with high-performance, low-power consuming, cool and quiet-running WD Scorpio™ 2.5 inch EIDE hard drives, a rugged, protective case and Data Lifeguard™ protection to provide maximum safeguard from data loss. WD Passport Portable Drives will be available at retail stores next month. Suggested retail pricing for WD Passport Portable USB Drive 40 GB capacity is $ 199 (USD) and $ 249 (USD) for 80 GB.

Passport WD Passport™ Portable USB Hard Drives

Simplifying transport of large quantities of digital content and information,
Western Digital Corp. today unveiled its new WD Passport™ Portable USB Hard
Drives. With no need for a separate power supply (for most systems), WD Passport
Portable Drives, available in capacities of 40 or 80 GB, are easy to use
anywhere – simply plug and go.

WD Passport Portable Drives are outfitted with high-performance, low-power
consuming, cool and quiet-running WD Scorpio™ 2.5 inch EIDE hard drives, a
rugged, protective case and Data Lifeguard™ protection to provide maximum
safeguard from data loss.

WD Passport Portable Drives were designed to serve as a digital file briefcase
by enabling owners to add instant extra storage; slip the drive in their pocket
for on-the-go convenience; back up their notebook computers for extra data
safety; easily share files between computers; and lock up the portable hard
drive for extra security. An 80 GB WD Passport Portable USB Drive can store
approximately 20 2-hour DVD-quality movies or over 1,300 hours of music.

WD Passport Portable Drives will be available at retail stores next month. For
customers who prefer the ease of online shopping, WD’s new Portable USB drives
may be pre-ordered via the company’s online store (www.westerndigital.com/wdpassport).
Customers who pre-order a WD Passport Portable Drive by Nov. 30, 2004, are
eligible to receive free shipping with delivery scheduled on or before Dec. 24,
2004, making WD Passport Portable Drives available as a holiday gift for
travelers. Full details of this promotion are available on WD’s online store.
Suggested retail pricing for WD Passport Portable USB Drive 40 GB capacity is
$ 199 (USD) and $ 249 (USD) for 80 GB.

WD Passport Portable Drives are able to withstand the rigors of mobile
professionals and other users who prefer to take their data with them. Safety
tests make them one of the few external drives with certification to meet all
applicable safety requirements. A product specification sheet and photos of WD
Passport Portable Drives are available on the company’s Web site at

http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=110

"No one does more to safeguard customers’ data than WD," said Lonnie Arima, vice
president and general manager for WD’s retail products group. "Only a hard drive
manufacturer has the in-depth expertise to design enclosures that protect users’
data. And only WD combines Data Lifeguard data protection with WD Scorpio
2.5-inch hard drives — the most rugged and reliable 2.5-inch hard drive in its
class — to deliver a portable USB hard drive dependable enough for our
customers to consider it the portable file for their digital life."