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
"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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