Western Digital today announced it is now shipping in volume hard drives offering Serial ATA (SATA) interface with 300MB/s burst data transfer rate. The new WD Caviar(R) SE16 hard drives feature 16 MB cache — 2 to 8 times the cache size of standard desktop-class hard drives — which, combined with its 300 MB/s transfer rate, deliver a one-two performance punch for customers. WD Caviar SE16 drives feature technologically advanced acoustics and quiet operation to reduce noise and significantly extend long-term reliability in the variety of applications using these drives today. Rotating at 7,200 RPM, the new drives are available with 250 GB capacity and are covered under a 3-year warranty. Suggested retail pricing is $ 199 USD for WD Caviar SE16 with 250 GB capacity (model WD2500KS).

Western Digital Corp. today announced it is now shipping in volume hard
drives offering Serial ATA (SATA) interface with 300MB/s burst data transfer
rate. The new WD Caviar(R) SE16 hard drives feature 16 MB cache — 2 to 8 times
the cache size of standard desktop-class hard drives — which, combined with its
300 MB/s transfer rate, deliver a one-two performance punch for customers.

The new desktop-class hard drives are available now from WD-authorized
distributors and in OEM PCs. State-of-the-art SATA with 300 MB/s performance
that is up to 3 times faster than EIDE make WD Caviar SE16 drives one of the
fastest desktop-class hard drives on the market, perfectly suited for use in
high-performance computers, multimedia and gaming systems.

WD Caviar SE16 drives feature technologically advanced acoustics and quiet
operation to reduce noise and significantly extend long-term reliability in the
variety of applications using these drives today. Rotating at 7,200 RPM, the new
drives are available with 250 GB capacity and are covered under a 3-year
warranty.

Suggested retail pricing is $ 199 USD for WD Caviar SE16 with 250 GB capacity
(model WD2500KS). Customers who order WD Caviar SE16 hard drives from WD’s
online store (www.westerndigital.com/e3) before May 31, 2005, will receive one
free WD SecureConnect(TM) SATA cable (one cable per drive ordered) and free
standard shipping. The industry-leading SecureConnect cable strengthens the
drive-to-cable connection by more than 500 percent, helping to overcome
connector breakage problems common to first-generation SATA cables.

"WD’s ongoing product innovation allows us to better serve our customers by
improving upon the features that matter most — advanced Serial ATA with 300
MB/s technology, fast performance, and cool running quiet drives with high
reliability," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president and general manager of
WD’s PC Components Group. "The new WD Caviar SE16 desktop-class hard drives
bring end users more options for the growing number of applications using
rotating magnetic storage."

Whisper Quiet
The new WD Caviar SE16 drives leverage the same proprietary technologies that
compelled leading independent hardware reviewer Tom’s Hardware Guide (April
2005, http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20050217/wd3200jb-07.html) to conclude
that WD Caviar SE desktop hard drives are "very fast and nearly silent." With
WhisperDrive(TM) technology, that employs a highly efficient power-driver
design, noise levels are virtually below the threshold of human hearing.
SoftSeek(TM) technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms, resulting in
the drive operating more efficiently when accessing and writing data, thus
reducing seek noise.

Cool Drives and Enhanced Reliability
Lower power consumption through its advanced electronics and firmware design
means the operating temperature of the new WD Caviar SE16 drives is much cooler
resulting in enhanced drive reliability. All WD Caviar hard drives protect
users’ data with WD’s exclusive Data Lifeguard(TM) embedded error detection and
repair features, which automatically detect, isolate and repair problem areas
that may develop over the extended use of the hard drive.