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Western Digital Brings Saudi IT Users Unprecedented Reliability, Storage Capacity, Manufacturer of PC Hard-Drive Technology






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 For Immediate Release:

16 April 2001

  Western Digital Brings Saudi IT Users
Unprecedented Reliability, Storage Capacity

 World’s Leading Manufacturer of PC Hard-Drive Technology Builds on No. 1 KSA Market-share

 Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 To better enable Saudi corporate IT users to benefit from the ever-increasing requirements for PC data storage, Western Digital – a world leader in personal computing storage – today announced at Jeddah’s COMDEX Saudi Arabia IT exhibition, the availability of its highest capacity performance desktop EIDE hard drive which offers 80 gigabytes (GB) of digital storage.

 “Western Digital is committed to providing Saudi corporate users with best-of-breed, first-to-market, broad-based storage capacity,” said Rauf Baig, Western Digital sales manager with responsibility for the Kingdom’s growing desktop PC storage market demands.

  “The newly launched 80 GB Western Digital hard drive empowers Saudi users with the capacity and performance needed for storage-rich activities, such as Internet downloads, digital images storage, movie and music downloads, Internet gaming, and home video editing,” added Baig.   

 The third in a series of product developments in the performance-desktop category by Western Digital, the new WD Caviar 7200 RPM hard drive family combines the performance benefits of high-speed hard disks with a new three-disk design to offer desktop PC users faster access to more applications and data than ever before.

 Western Digital’s growth rate for its operation in the Kingdom has more than doubled for the year 2000 with a growth rate of 60 %.

 “Western Digital is enabling the Saudi market with innovative, affordable, and reliable desktop PC storage solutions,” said Homoud M. Saleh, general manager of Nahil Computers, Western Digital’s largest partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “Western Digital has earned the No.1 position in the Saudi market by winning the trust of our customers,” added Saleh.

 Western Digital’s advanced PC storage technology will be on display at the exhibition stands of its long-term partners, Al-Yousef Computers and  Jamjoum Electronics. 

 - ENDS -

 About Western Digital

Western Digital, 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. Its core business, hard drive solutions, produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users' data close-at-hand and secure from loss. Applying its data storage core competencies to emerging markets, Western Digital's new ventures meet the increasing demand for innovative information management solutions arising from the proliferation of the Internet and broadband services. Keen Personal Media provides interactive personal video recorder and set-top box software, services and hardware for broadband television content management and commerce. Connex designs Network Attached Storage products that enable IT managers to quickly expand network storage, and software that simplifies the central management of Storage Area Networks. SageTree is a software company providing enterprise manufacturing and supply chain analytic applications.

Western Digital was founded in 1970. The Company's storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the Western Digital brand name. Visit the Investor section of our Web site ( to access a variety of financial and investor information.

 For further information, please contact:

 Wallis Marketing Consultants
T:  (971-4) 332-3225
F:  (971-4) 332-3228
Attn: Mr. Michael E. Wallis, Mr. Nawfal Al-Jourani

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