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Hitachi Hard Disk Drive Business is now Western Digital

March 7th, 2011 Comments off

Hitachi Hard Disk Drive Business is now Western DigitalMarch 7, 2011 –  Hitachi transfers hard disk drive business to Western Digital.

Western Digital will acquire all shares of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies’s holding company, Viviti Technologies Ltd. The proposed combination will result in customer-centric storage company, with significant operating scale, strong global talent and the industry’s broadest product lineup backed by a rich technology portfolio.

Under terms of the agreement, WD will acquire Hitachi GST for $3.5 billion in cash and 25 million WD common shares valued at $750 million, based on WD closing stock price of $30.01 as of March 4, 2011. Hitachi will own approximately ten percent of WD shares and hold two seats on the WD board of directors. Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer of Hitachi GST, will join WD’s existing senior management team as president.

The acquisition of Hitachi GST is a unique opportunity for WD to create further value for our customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. We believe this step will result in several key benefits-enhanced R&D capabilities, innovation and expansion of a rich product portfolio, comprehensive market coverage and scale that will enhance our cost structure and ability to compete in a dynamic marketplace. The skills and contributions of both workforces were key considerations in assessing this compelling opportunity. We will be relying on the proven integration capabilities of both companies to assure the ongoing satisfaction of our customers and to bring this combination to successful fruition.” – said John Coyne, president and chief executive officer of WD.

“This combination will bring together two industry leaders with consistent track records of strong execution and industry outperformance, together we can provide customers worldwide with the industry’s most compelling and diverse set of products and services, from innovative personal storage to Solid State Drives for the Enterprise.” – said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer, Hitachi GST.

Western Digital Hard Drive Families (Part II)

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

C) External Hard Drives
Desktop

  • My Book 3.0
    This stylish external hard drive features a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for the fastest transfer rates available on an external hard drive.
  • My Book Elite
    An elegant, easy-to-use storage solution with WD SmartWare backup software, customizable e-label, and password protection.
  • My Book Essential
    An elegant, easy-to-use storage solution with WD SmartWare backup software, password protection and capacity gauge.
  • WD Elements Desktop
    Simple, reliable, portable storage.

Desktop for Mac

  • My Book for Mac
    An elegant, easy-to-use storage solution with automatic, continuous backup software, password protection, and capacity gauge. Compatible with Apple® TimeMachine™.
  • My Book Studio LX
    A super-fast storage solution for your Mac in a premium aluminum enclosure, featuring a customizable e-label and hardware-based encryption. This Apple Time Machine-compatible drive is the perfect complement for your Mac.
  • My Book Studio
    An elegant, super-fast storage solution for your Mac with automatic, continuous backup software, password protection and customizable e-label.
  • My Book Studio Edition II
    Quad interface, RAID-enabled, about 30% less power consumption, formatted for Mac®. The My Book Studio Edition II treads lightly on the earth and carries big performance for creative professionals.

Portable

  • My Passport Elite
    This ultra-portable USB drive is packed with smart features like automatic, continuous backup, password protection, an illuminated capacity gauge and a convenient grab-and-go dock.
  • My Passport Essential SE
    This stylish, compact portable USB drive now features maximum capacity for all the chapters of your digital life.
  • My Passport Essential
    Our smallest, portable drive ever is also our smartest with automatic, continuous backup and password protection.
  • WD Elements Portable SE
    A portable hard drive with maximum capacity in a compact design for easy plug-and-play storage on the go.
  • WD Elements
    Simple, reliable, portable storage.

Portable for Mac

  • My Passport Studio
    This ultra-portable, Mac-ready drive is packed with innovative features like a fast FireWire 800 interface, customizable e-label, and visual, automatic, continuous backup.
  • My Passport SE for Mac
    This stylish, compact portable USB drive now features maximum capacity for all the chapters of your digital life.
  • My Passport for Mac
    An elegant, easy-to-use portable storage solution with automatic, continuous backup software and password protection. Compatible with Apple® TimeMachine™.

Western Digital Hard Drive Families (Part I)

February 4th, 2011 Comments off

Western Digital Hard Drive FamiliesWestern Digital Corporation (often abbreviated to WD) is the second largest computer hard disk drives manufacturer in the world, after Seagate and has a long history in the electronics industry as an integrated circuit maker and a storage products company. Western Digital was founded on April 23, 1970 by Alvin B. Phillips, a Motorola employee, as General Digital, initially (and briefly) a manufacturer of MOS test equipment. It rapidly became a speciality semiconductor maker, with start-up capital provided by several individual investors and industrial giant Emerson Electric Company.

A) Internal Hard Drives

Desktop

  • WD Caviar Blue
    Performance and reliability for everyday computing.
  • WD Caviar Green
    High-capacity, cool, quiet, eco-friendly storage.
  • WD Caviar Black
    Maximum performance for power computing.

Mobile

  • WD Scorpio Blue
    Reliable and rugged high-capacity 2.5-inch mobile storage.
  • WD Scorpio Black
    Desktop-class performance for notebook computers.

Enterprise

  • WD VelociRaptor
    The PC enthusiasts’ favorite 10,000 RPM hard drive is still the fastest, most dangerous carnivore around – now with an ultra-fast 32 MB cache and SATA 6 Gb/s interface and twice the capacity of previous generations.
  • WD S25
    The 2.5-inch WD S25 SAS drives offer the powerful combination of enterprise-class performance and reduced power consumption required for demanding high-performance computing and mission-critical environments.
  • WD RE4
    Massive capacity, 64 MB cache, 1.2 million hours MTBF, and a 5-year limited warranty, WD RE4 drives offer an ideal combination of high capacity, optimum performance, and 24×7 reliability for enterprise applications.
  • WD RE4-GP
    WD RE4-GP enterprise-class SATA drives are designed for power-conscious, large-scale data centers.
  • WD RE3
    1.2 million hours MTBF. Best-in-class vibration tolerance. 5-year limited warranty. Just three of the reasons why WD RE3 drives are the world’s most reliable SATA drives.

Audio/Video

  • WD AV-GP
    Power-conserving WD AV-GP drives offer significant power savings and thermally optimized operation resulting in lower cost of ownership and unsurpassed reliability for PVR/DVR, IPTV boxes and media server manufacturers.
  • WD AV-25
    Low power storage engineered to thrive in 24×7 streaming environments.
  • WD AV
    Significant design advances in WD’s hard drive technology, combine optimized AV performance with best-in-class power consumption and thermally optimized operation enabling unparalleled cost of ownership for manufacturers of digital video recording devices.

Solid State

  • WD SiliconEdge Blue
    Solid state drives that will satisfy the most demanding technology enthusiasts and bring a new level of performance and ruggedness to laptop and desktop PCs.

B) Network Products

  • WD ShareSpace
    A high-speed network-attached storage system with capacities up to 8 TB. Perfect for centralizing and sharing data and multimedia files on a small office or home network.
  • My Book Live
    Centralize your photos, music, movies and files on your wired or wireless network for your whole family to access.
  • My Book World Edition II
    Central storage and backup for all the computers in your network and double-safe data protection with RAID mirroring technology.
  • My Book World Edition
    The home network drive that everyone in the house can use, whether they’re on a Mac or PC, to save and share photos, music, and movies on a wired or wireless network.
  • WD Livewire
    Use your home’s electrical outlets to create wired, streaming-ready, high-speed Internet connections anywhere in your home without running wires between rooms.

WD is now shipping the world’s largest capacity (3TB) SATA hard drive

October 19th, 2010 Comments off

WD 3TB Sata Hard DriveOct. 19, 2010 – WD today announced that the company is shipping the world’s largest capacity SATA hard drive. As the latest addition to its WD Caviar® Green™ family of SATA hard drives, the new hard drives deliver up to a massive 3 terabytes (TB) of storage capacity on a single drive. WD is leading the industry in capacity for SATA hard drives by utilizing 750 GB-per-platter areal density and Advanced Format (AF) technology.

WD Caviar Green drives are an eco-friendly storage solution with WD GreenPower Technology™, which reduces power consumption by enabling lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and decreases acoustical noise for quiet operation. The WD Caviar Green 2.5 TB and 3 TB hard drives are designed for use as secondary external storage and next-generation PC storage in 64-bit based systems.

Drives with capacities in excess of 2.19 TB currently present barriers for PC hardware, firmware and software. To satisfy the new set of requirements of which users must be aware to successfully integrate larger capacity drives, WD is bundling its WD Caviar Green 2.5 and 3 TB hard drives with an Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)-compliant Host Bus Adapter (HBA), which will enable the operating system to use a known driver with correct support for large capacity drives. For more information on solving the 2.19 TB drive barrier, please see the WD information sheet at http://products.wdc.com/largecapacitydrives.

“WD remains a leader of hard drive capacity and low power innovation. With our WD Caviar Green drives, we enable energy-conscious customers to build systems with the highest capacities that deliver the optimal balance of system performance, ensured reliability and energy conservation, Customers will be able to take advantage of this breakthrough capacity point now for secondary external storage in legacy 32-bit systems that run on Microsoft® Vista® or Windows® 7 platforms.” said Jim Morris, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s client systems storage group.

Price and Availability
WD Caviar Green 2.5 TB hard drives (model number WD25EZRSDTL) and 3 TB hard drives (model number WD30EZRSDTL) are available now in the U.S. at select resellers and distributors. MSRP for the WD Caviar Green 2.5 TB hard drive is $189.00 USD and the 3 TB hard drive is $239.00 USD. WD Caviar Green hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. More information about WD Caviar Green hard drives may be found on the company’s website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=866.

Western Digital Begins Hard Drive Manufacturing in Brazil

October 14th, 2010 Comments off

WD Hard DriveLAKE FOREST, Calif. and MANAUS, Brazil – Oct. 14, 2010 – Western Digital today announced that the company will begin hard drive manufacturing operations in Brazil, positioning the company to more effectively meet customer demand in this rapidly growing market and adding a key element to WD’s global supply chain infrastructure.

To maintain the highest levels of quality and lowest cost, WD will be partnering with local Brazilian electronics manufacturing leader Digitron to perform manufacturing operations and fulfillment services. Digitron’s high-volume notebook PC assembly and motherboard manufacturing plant in the Manaus Free Trade Zone is being utilized for WD’s products. This facility has existing infrastructure, a highly skilled workforce and a seasoned management team.

“The strategic decision to expand our global manufacturing operations into Brazil positions WD to more efficiently meet growing customer demand as we invest in the development of this key market, Continued investments in large high-growth markets like Brazil, markets with developing infrastructures, strong underlying economics and an important customer base, will further solidify WD’s industry leadership. The new operations are part of a multi-year project to strengthen and diversify WD’s manufacturing base while increasing our footprint in one of the world’s most exciting markets.” – said Tim Leyden, WD’s chief operating officer. ”

The venture is expected to produce an estimated US$175 million worth of hard drives in its first year of operation and at least 50 new jobs in the region.

“We’re extremely proud to have been selected to be a part of WD’s manufacturing strategy in the country,this allows us to utilize our local knowledge and infrastructure with access to WD’s extensive hard drive manufacturing expertise to provide high-quality, competitive products to customers.” – said Sung Un Song, chief executive officer of Digitron.

“The new operation will help WD streamline its supply chain to Brazilian OEM and distribution partners and greatly strengthen its ability to meet the explosive growth of storage demand in the country,We expect significant improvements in turnaround time and service for our customers in Brazil. Initial customer shipments are planned by the end of October.” – commented Scott Davis, WD’s vice president of worldwide channel sales.