G-TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATES STORAGE FOR CREATIVE, MAC AND TECH ENTHUSIASTS WITH THE G-DRIVE USB-C
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Apr. 11, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced the expansion of its G-Technology® brand G-DRIVE® storage portfolio with the G-DRIVE® USB-C™ device. The new drive is designed with creative enthusiasts in mind, delivering high-capacity storage with USB-C connectivity for next-generation Mac® and PC computers while simultaneously charging compatible USB-C devices like the latest MacBook® and MacBook Pro® computers.
Available in capacities up to 10TB, the G-DRIVE USB-C device is built to provide expansive capacity for storage of HD videos, photos, music, backups and more in a stylish extruded aluminum enclosure. This G-DRIVE device features the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface with USB-C connector, which enables high-speed performance with Mac and Windows® PCs of today and tomorrow and also ships with a USB-C to USB-A cable for compatibility with traditional systems with a USB-A connector. With USB Power Delivery, G-Technology’s G-DRIVE USB-C device provides up to 45 watts of charging capability through the USB-C port, so users can charge the latest MacBook or MacBook Pro without the need of a separate charger.
“The addition of the G-DRIVE USB-C external drive provides tech enthusiasts a single-cable high capacity, high quality storage solution that meets their individual creative needs,” said Mike Williams, vice president of Advanced Technologies, Western Digital. “The G-DRIVE USB-C ensures pros can work seamlessly with the latest computers, and with a USB-C port and support for USB Power Delivery, it allows a user’s charging capability to be more efficient without having to worry about connecting yet another cable to their computer for charging.”
The G-DRIVE USB-C external desktop drive is plug and play on Mac and is Time Machine® software ready so you’re able to quickly back up all your files. It can be easily reformatted and is compatible with Windows® PCs. Included inside the box is the drive, a USB-C to USB-C cable, a USB-C to USB-A cable, and compatibility with computers featuring a ThunderboltTM 3, USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 interface.
The product offers a 3-year limited warranty and will be available to purchase in the U.S. this quarter, in 10TB, 8TB and 4TB capacities, with a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $449.95, $349.95, and $199.95, USD, respectively from g-technology.com and will be available this quarter through G-Technology resellers around the world. For more information on G-Technology offerings, please visit www.g-technology.com.
About Western Digital
Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers.
This news release includes forward-looking statements, including the expected availability, pricing and performance of the G-DRIVE USB-C device and its features and benefits to customers. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: the G-DRIVE USB-C device may not be available when we expect; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including our most recently filed periodic report to which your attention is directed. We do not intend to update the information contained in this release.
G‐Technology external hard drives serve as an element of an overall backup strategy. It is recommended that users keep two or more copies of their most important files backed up or stored on separate devices or online services.
G-Technology, the G-Technology logo and G-DRIVE are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. Mac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Time Machine are trademarks of Apple, Inc. Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and/or other countries. Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. USB-C is a trademark of USB Implementers Forum, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. As used for storage capacity, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. Product specifications subject to change without notice. Pictures shown may vary from actual products. Not all products are available in all regions of the world.
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