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WD UNVEILS SIMPLE-TO-USE NETWORK HARD DRIVE AT E3
Date: Friday May 20, 2005
Category: Hard Drives/SSD
Manufacturer Link: Western Digital
In just three simple steps, WD's NetCenter network hard drives make it easy to share and save digital pictures, video and MP3 files
 

WD UNVEILS SIMPLE-TO-USE NETWORK HARD DRIVE AT E3 EXPO

WD's NetCenter(TM) Network Drive Lets Users Easily Centralize and Share Data and Print From Any PC and Macintosh® Computer on the Network LOS ANGELES (E3 Expo Booth No. 6706/Kentia Hall) May 18, 2005 Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its NetCenter(TM) network hard drives for small office and home users. NetCenter network drives are the newest addition to the WD Essential(TM) external hard drive product family.

In just three simple steps, WD's NetCenter network hard drives make it easy to share and save digital pictures, video and MP3 files, and printers across small office and home networks using a wired or wireless router. Users simply plug in WD's NetCenter network drive, run the installation wizard and use WD's EasyLink(TM) utility to set up the NetCenter network drive as a local drive on any PC or Macintosh® computer on the network. A demonstration of the new NetCenter network drive is available during E3 Expo being held in Los Angeles May 18-20, 2005. A demonstration may also be viewed on the company's Web site at www.westerndigital.com/e3 .

WD's NetCenter network drives will be available next month (June 2005) in capacities ranging from 160 to 320 GB and are perfect for small office and home users who want to centralize and share their digital files and/or connect and share up to two printers on a computer network. With WD's NetCenter network drives, users can also create private, password-protected folders; back up files from any computer on the network; access files anytime from any computer on the network, even when all other computers are powered off; and connect additional external hard drives to increase storage capacity for multiple computers on the network. WD's NetCenter network drives also allow for real-time duplication of data.

NetCenter network drives feature:

- WD Caviar® SE 7,200 RPM hard drive inside for fast, quiet and cool operation without a fan

- 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection

- Common Internet File System (CIFS) for platform-independent file sharing

- Two hot-swappable USB host ports

- WD EasyLink utility to set up NetCenter as a local drive on any computer on the network

- NetCenter Manager software to easily view system status, share folders and printers, set up mirroring for real-time duplication of disk data, create and resize volumes

- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) client for automatic assignment of TCP/IP addresses Automatic power management when the NetCenter hard drive is idle

- Kensington® security slot

Suggested retail pricing is $399 USD for WD's NetCenter network drive with 320 GB capacity (model WDXE3200JBN). To mark the introduction of WD's NetCenter network drives, customers who pre-order a NetCenter network drive 320 GB capacity from WD's online store (www.westerndigital.com/e3) by May 31, 2005, will receive $30 off and free standard shipping.

"Storage networking has never been easier," said Lonnie Arima, vice president and general manager for WD's retail products group. "Today's PC and Mac® users want the convenience and flexibility a network offers, without the hassle. With NetCenter network drives, that's exactly what they get. In just a few simple steps, users can be up-and-running, sharing files across a network."

WD Caviar SE Inside WD Caviar SE hard drives were recently lauded by independent hardware reviewer Tom's Hardware Guide (April 2005, http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20050217/wd3200jb-07.html) which concluded that WD Caviar SE desktop hard drives are "very fast and nearly silent." Designed to provide the best desktop computer performance, WD Caviar SE hard drives are equipped with 8 MB cache, FDB (fluid dynamic bearing) motors and Shock Guard(TM) which allows instantaneous data protection at high shock value. Data Lifeguard(TM) embedded error detection and repair features automatically find, isolate and repair problem areas that may develop over extended use of the hard drive.

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