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WD'S NEW ONE-TERABYTE MY BOOK STORAGE

  • 14 February, 2007 14:22

<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><strong>WD'S NEW ONE-TERABYTE MY
BOOK STORAGE SYSTEM OFFERS EXTRA DATA PROTECTION, EXTRAORDINARY CAPACITY AND
PERFORMANCE</strong><br/>
<em><font size="2">Company's My Book Pro Edition II External Storage System
with RAID Mirrors Data Instantaneously or Accelerates Data Delivery</font></em></font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Sydney, Australia. - With consumers increasingly relying on their computers to safe keep
their financially and emotionally valuable digital libraries of photos, videos
and music, as well as business documents, Western Digital announced that its
newest My Book storage system provides users a safe place to secure up to one
terabyte (1 TB) of digital content. Available now, the My Book Pro Edition II
system uses RAID technology to instantaneously duplicate user data for extra
protection or to accelerate the delivery of data to users.</font></p>
<p><img alt="1TB" height="400" src="http://www.westerndigital.com/global/images/products/lifestyle1/wdfMyBook_Pro_2T.jpg" width="400"/></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">The My Book Pro Edition II system can be set by users to reserve
half of its capacity to mirror users' data in real time using RAID technology
- in this case, the RAID 1 setting. This means that when data is saved to the
My Book Pro Edition II system, two copies of the data are instantaneously recorded
- each on separate internal hard drives. RAID 1 ensures the protection of users'
data because in the unlikely event that one of the hard drives inside fails,
the other hard drive will continue to read and write data until the faulty hard
drive is replaced and rebuilt to once again safely mirror the data.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">New My Book Pro Edition II units are shipped in the RAID 0 setting,
which spreads data across both internal hard drives, enabling the 1 TB capacity
and accelerated reading and recording of data. RAID technology cleverly combines
the work of two internal drives to increase performance, much like using two
garden hoses to fill a bucket rather than one. The high performance of My Book
Pro Edition II provides users an advantage for advanced applications such as
editing multiple streams of video without dropping frames.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">My Book Pro Edition II is designed for small-office environments
where large amounts of content are managed, such as groups of creative professionals,
as well as consumers who have highly valuable libraries of music, photos and
video. In addition to capacities as large as 1 TB and two RAID options, the
new system features advanced backup software, unique My Book features that simplify
operation and three interfaces: FireWire® 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">A challenge for many office and home users is physical desk
space. Consuming less than 26 square inches of desk space, My Book Pro Edition
II has a smaller footprint than competitive systems using two internal drives
for 1 TB of capacity and is comparable to some storage systems using only one
internal hard drive for much less capacity.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">The My Book Pro Edition II also is user-serviceable, allowing
users to open the enclosure to replace one or both of the hard drives by following
the detailed instructions, without voiding the system's three-year warranty.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">"Content libraries are growing exponentially in size, as
well as in financial and emotional value, and professionals and consumers want
them secured in a safe place and readily available," said Jim Welsh, vice
president and general manager of WD's Branded Products Group. "There is
no safer place to store data than My Book Pro Edition II. Included backup and
system recovery software enables users to back up as much as one terabyte of
data in standard RAID 0 mode. Or, by using the RAID 1 setting, they can save
their data in two places simultaneously for extra peace of mind."</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">My Book Pro Edition includes EMC® Retrospect® Express
version 7.5 backup and system recovery software with a customized setup wizard
to deliver easy-to-use, proven data protection capabilities. The powerful, feature-packed
software provides professional users with the tools needed to back up and restore
a single file or an entire system in a few simple steps. Especially compelling
for Mac® users is the ability to use My Book Pro Edition's FireWire interface
for bootable disaster recovery.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">The backup and system recovery software, as well as the RAID
1 mirroring function, are data protection features additional to WD's built-in
Data LifeguardT technology, which automatically finds, isolates and repairs
internal drive problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">WD's My Book Pro Edition II system preserves the advantages
built into the original My Book, with its book-shaped, elegant design, small
footprint and simplification of its advanced features. Its intelligent drive
management system - SmartPowerT - automatically powers the device on and off
with the computer; the Safe ShutdownT feature ensures data is saved before shutting
down; and LED activity lights, with a unique capacity gauge, make this drive
easy to use.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">WD's My Book Pro Edition
II is available now through retail stores and online retailers.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"></font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><strong>Product S</strong><strong>ummary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product: My Book Pro Edition II One Terabyte<br/>
RRP: $1099<br/>
Website: <a href="http://www.westerndigital.com">www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Distributor: Synnex Australia (1300 100 100)<br/>
<br/>
<strong>About WD</strong></font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">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 close-at-hand and secure from loss. WD applies
its storage expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared
storage products.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">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.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"><strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Direct: (02) 9029 7892<br/>
Email: <a href="mailto:renato@gapmarketing.com.au">renato@gapmarketing.com.au</a></font></p>

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