Western Digital is shipping its new high-capacity 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar® SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Providing a half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive applications such as graphic design, digital video editing, personal video recorders and advanced business computing, WD Caviar SE16 500 GB drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance with 300 MB/s transfer rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ). WD Caviar SE16 500 GB (model WD5000KS) hard drives is available for $ 349.99 USD. WD also introduced its next-generation WD Scorpio™ mobile hard drives. Now shipping in capacities up to 120 GB, the latest model WD Scorpio drives are equipped with either the EIDE or SATA interfaces. Featuring 12 ms seek time and up to 8 MB cache for increased performance, WD delivers the industry-leading specifications that provide the greatest benefits to its mobile customers: high reliability and low power.

Western Digital Corp. today announced it is shipping its new high-capacity
500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar® SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Providing a
half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive applications such as graphic
design, digital video editing, personal video recorders and advanced business
computing, WD Caviar SE16 500 GB drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance
with 300 MB/s transfer rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

"The WD Caviar family of hard drives delivers the reliability and performance
that customers expect from WD," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and general
manager of desktop storage. "The extreme capacity and high performance of this
drive address a variety of demanding applications and expand WD’s portfolio of
storage products. From 6 to 500 GB, WD offers a diverse range of hard drives to
meet our customers’ wide-ranging storage needs."

WD Caviar SE16 500 GB Pricing and Availability

WD Caviar SE16 500 GB (model WD5000KS) hard drives may be ordered on the
company’s online store (www.westerndigital.com) for $ 349.99 USD. Customers can
currently take advantage of free standard shipping on orders of more than
$ 200.00.

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™ technology, which features a highly
efficient power driver design. To reduce seek noise, SoftSeek™ technology
streamlines read/write seeking algorithms, resulting in the drive operating more
efficiently when accessing and writing data.