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WD's My Passport® Ultra? Offers Consumers Ultimate Mobile Storage Solution Including WD Smartware? Pro Data Protection With Dropbox Integration

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WD's My Passport® Ultra? Offers Consumers Ultimate Mobile Storage Solution Including WD Smartware? Pro Data Protection With Dropbox Integration

07:57 EDT Wednesday, May 15, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, today announced the availability of the My Passport® Ultra? line of portable hard drives, which combine additional layers of data protection with super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity, a slim, compact design and four color choices to offer mobile consumers the safest and easiest way to protect their digital content while traveling. Available in 500 GB, 1 TB and new 2 TB1 capacities, My Passport Ultra portable hard drives have built-in WD SmartWare? Pro backup software with Dropbox integration, hardware encryption and password protection to safeguard against unauthorized drive access. A protective pouch is included with the My Passport Ultra to help shield it from the daily knocks encountered by today's mobile consumer.

"WD's My Passport Ultra combines USB 3.0, a range of colors and capacities and the best software and hardware functions currently found in our line of My Passport portable storage drives to create the ultimate portable digital safe for today's active consumer," explained Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Adding WD SmartWare Pro technology with auto backup and password protection to one of the industry's fastest interfaces and largest capacity drives gives consumers the convenience and peace of mind to enjoy, share, and protect their personal digital content everywhere they go."

Pricing and Availability

My Passport Ultra portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and are available from the WD store at wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. My Passport Ultra 500 GB has a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Ultra 1 TB is $129.99.

About WD

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD's leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.wd.com.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected availability date for the My Passport Ultra 2 TB hard drive. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including changes in markets, demand, global economic conditions and other risks and uncertainties listed in Western Digital's recent SEC filings, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak on as of the date hereof, and WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Western Digital, WD, the WD logo, and My Passport are registered trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries; WD SmartWare and My Passport Ultra are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Dropbox is a registered of Dropbox Inc. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. As used for storage capacity one gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. See support.wdc.com for limited warranty terms and conditions. 

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130515/LA13836)

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20000711/WDCLOGO)

1 *My Passport Ultra 2 TB will be available in calendar Q3

SOURCE WD

For further information: Heather Skinner, WD Press Relations, 949.672.7920, heather.skinner@wdc.com, or Bob Blair, Western Digital Investor Relations, 949.672.7834, robert.blair@wdc.com

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