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WD Announces WD VelociRaptor - The World's Fastest Sata Hard Drive

  • 19 May, 2008 16:00

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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Sydney Australia. –
May 19 2008</span></font></b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"> - WD® announced today that it
is now shipping WD VelociRaptor™ hard drives, the next generation of its
10,000 RPM SATA "Raptor" series of drives. Designed with an
enterprise-class foundation, the new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is modified
specifically for PC and Mac® enthusiasts and professional workstations.
Destined to become the new high-performance favorite of these groups, the WD
VelociRaptor hard drive comes packed with twice the capacity and a 35 percent
performance increase over the previous generation. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">From the bloodlines of the WD Raptor, the most popular hard
drive for high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive,
the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics and
packs 300 GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The
2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is enclosed in the IcePack™, a 3.5-inch
mounting frame with a built-in heat sink -- a customization that fits the
drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra
cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis. <o:p></o:p></span></font> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">"Demand for ever-higher PC performance continues to increase
and WD is the leader in this category with the WD Raptor. We created WD VelociRaptor
hard drives to lead PC enthusiasts into the next era of PC and Mac storage
performance and satisfy their insatiable thirst for computing speed,"
said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise business
unit. "The new WD VelociRaptor delivers the greatest performance and
reliability of all SATA hard drives currently on the market." <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">WD VelociRaptor is the next step up for the speed-craving PC
enthusiast, and as with all WD drives, attention to detail in features, performance
and reliability is a top priority. Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard
drives include: <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><b><font color="black" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;font-weight:bold">Killer
Speed</span></font></b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"> - Built on the performance of the WD Raptor, these 10,000
RPM drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending
performance. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Rock-solid Reliability</span></font></b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"> - WD VelociRaptor
drives are designed and manufactured to business-critical, enterprise-class
standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments.
The design results in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA
drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">IcePack Mounting Frame</span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">
- The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drives are enclosed in a 3.5-inch enterprise-class
mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive
extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™)</span></font></b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:
10.0pt;font-family:Arial"> - Optimizes performance when the drives are used in
vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">SecurePark™</span></font></b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"> - Parks the
recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the
drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface,
resulting in improved long-term reliability and increased drive protection
when the chassis is moved.<o:p></o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
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<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Price and Availability <o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Product Summary<o:p></o:p><br/>
</span></b></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">Manufacturer: Western Digital<o:p></o:p><br/>
</span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">Product Name: WD VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS<o:p></o:p><br/>
</span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">RRP for 300GB: AU$399, NZ$489 <o:p></o:p><br/>
</span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">Warranty: 5-Years Warranty <o:p></o:p><br/>
</span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">Website: www.westerndigital.com <o:p></o:p><br/>
</span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">Australian Distributors: Achieva, Synnex <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Australia</st1:place></st1:country-region>, Today
Tech, Westan<o:p></o:p><br/>
</span></font><st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">New Zealand</span></font></st1:place></st1:country-region><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"> Distributors: VST,
Ingram Micro NZ, Synnex NZ<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p> </o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">WD VelociRaptor (model WD3000GLFS) hard drives will be available
on Alienware's high-performance ALX gaming desktop by the end of April. At
l<st1:personname w:st="on">au</st1:personname>nch, Alienware will offer maximum
performance with two 300 GB WD VelociRaptor hard drives in RAID 0 configuration
on www.alienware.com <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">About WD <o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">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 produces reliable,
high-performance hard drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from
loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for external,
portable and shared storage applications. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are
marketed to leading systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers
under the Western Digital and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of
the company's Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial
and investor information. <o:p></o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial">Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD VelociRaptor are registered
trademarks in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region></st1:place>
and other countries; WD VelociRaptor and MioNet Key are trademarks of Western
Digital Technologies, Inc. All other brand and product names that may be 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. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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