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WD's New Dual-Drive My Book World Edition II Network Storage System Adds Extra Level of Protection

  • 08 July, 2009 11:40

<p><em>Offers an Easy, Double-Safe Way to Backup Computers and Share Media Throughout
the Home</em><br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong>- <strong>July 08, 2009</strong> - WD®,
the world’s leader in external storage solutions, introduced its newly redesigned
My Book® World Edition™ II dual- drive network storage system in capacities
of up to 4 TB. With the double protection of two Mirrored (RAID 1) drives and
continuous backup software, the My Book World Edition II network storage system
provides an extra-safe place for users to back up and store the data and digital
media from all the computers on their network in one central location. Available
now at select retailers the new dual-drive systems join the recently introduced
(Feb. 2009) My Book World Edition and are compatible with PC and Mac® computers.<br/>
<br/>
According to a July 2008 report by research firm Parks Associates, the number
of households worldwide with data networks will grow from around 170 million in
2008 to 240 million by year-end 2012. The firm also reports that the average broadband
household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900 GB by year-end
2012. In addition, consumers indicate that the most important feature for a network-attached
storage (NAS) device is the amount of available storage. With its massive 4 TB
capacity, the My Book World Edition II network storage system will serve this
rapidly growing need for home data storage.<br/>
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The My Book World Edition II network storage system uses RAID 1 (Mirrored ) technology
to automatically and continuously maintain a second copy of user’s data.
If one drive in the two-drive system ever fails, the system continues to run and
the data is safe. In addition, the new<br/>
My Book World Edition II network hard drive includes software that simplifies
the task of setting up automatic and continuous data backup for all the PCs in
the home. The My Book World Edition II storage systems ship in Mirrored mode and
use half the capacity for file redundancy.<br/>
<br/>
With its media server capabilities and fast transfer speeds, this high-capacity
system makes it simple to build a centralized digital media library that everyone
can easily share. Music, photos and videos can be streamed directly from the My
Book World Edition II storage system to any PC, Mac or connected DLNA® media
player (such as TVs, Microsoft® Xbox 360 and Sony® PlayStation®3 game
consoles or wireless digital pictures frames) using the integrated UPnP (Universal
Plug and Play) media server and iTunes® Music server software. Users can also
securely access their files from anywhere in the world through the Internet using
the free MioNet® remote access service included with every My Book World Edition
II storage system.<br/>
<br/>
“Families have more and more digital media like movies, photos and music
to store, share and protect. Having two drives inside the My Book World Edition
II network storage system, instantaneously and automatically duplicating data,
offers consumers the peace of mind of double safe, real-time protection of their
valuable content,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s
branded products group. “Families can relax knowing their valuable media
is backed up while enjoying the ability to stream their content to a plethora
of different devices from PCs and Macs to PS3s, Xbox 360s and the latest connected
TVs.”<br/>
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<strong>Features</strong><br/>
The new My Book World Edition II network drive features:<br/>
- Automatic, continuous backup for all the computers on your network;<br/>
- Dual-drive system that mirrors valuable data for extra safe data protection;<br/>
- Centralized storage and sharing for all of your family’s digital content;<br/>
- Streaming to any connected PC, Mac or DLNA certified game console or media player;<br/>
- Easy remote access to all your data from anywhere, anytime;<br/>
- Works seamlessly on networks with both Windows and Mac computers;<br/>
- Ability to centralize and stream music collection to a Mac or Windows PC using
iTunes software;<br/>
- USB 2.0 port to turn any USB drive into an instant network drive or extra capacity
for the My Book World Edition II;<br/>
- Cooler, quieter, eco-friendly design with drives using WD GreenPower Technology™
which run cooler, quieter and consume up to 33 percent less power ;<br/>
- User serviceable; <br/>
- Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on your drive;<br/>
- High-speed data transfer with Gigabit Ethernet; and,<br/>
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<strong>Product and Pricing Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: My Book® World Edition™ II<br/>
RRP for 4TB: AU$999,99 , NZ$1499,99<br/>
Website: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Product link and Photos: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=589</a><br/>
Australian Distributors:Synnex AU<br/>
New Zealand Distributors: Ingram Micro, Synnex NZ<br/>
Availability: Now<br/>
Warranty: 3-year limited warranty.<br/>
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<strong>About WD</strong><br/>
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products
and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital
information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard
drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from
loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and
enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its
own consumer storage and media products.<br/>
<br/>
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading
OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western
Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web
site (<a href="#">www.westerndigital.com</a>) to access a variety of financial
and investor information.<br/>
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<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a><br/>
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<font size="1">This press release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements relating to: expected ship dates for the new My Book World Edition
II. These forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations,
and actual results may differ materially as a result of several factors, including:
challenges faced in new product development and manufacturing ramp, supply and
demand conditions in the hard drive industry and business conditions generally;
and other risks and uncertainties listed in WD's recent SEC filings, including
its Form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter of 2009. WD undertakes no obligation
to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events
or for any other reason.<br/>
<br/>
Western Digital, WD, the WD logo, My Book and MioNet are registered trademarks;
My Book World Edition and WD GreenPower Technology are trademarks of Western Digital
Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other marks may be mentioned
herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned
herein are the property of their respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion
bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies
depending on operating environment.</font></p>

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