G-TECHNOLOGY ADDRESSES INCREASING APPLICATION WORKFLOW DEMANDS FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS WITH ENHANCED STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Award-Winning G-DRIVE®, G-RAID® and G-SPEED® Families Optimize Performance with Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology

For more information contact:

Heather Skinner
WDC Press Relations
Cell: 949.672.7920
heather.skinner@wdc.com

Bob Blair
Western Digital Investor Relations
Cell: 949.672.7834
robert.blair@wdc.com

Las Vegas, 2017 NAB SHOW, Apr. 24, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced upgrades to its award-winning G-Technology® product lines, including the addition of Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C™ connectivity technologies. The upgrades optimize the speed and performance of these drives, meeting the growing needs of creative professionals who are capturing and transferring vast amounts of high-resolution content. 

“G-Technology recognizes the need for a complete workflow solution that takes advantage of the power of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “The result is a substantial upgrade across several product lines that delivers reliable, fast, and easy-to-use storage solutions to fit the current and future needs of our customers.” 

Built for creative professionals, including videographers and digital photographers, who require storage solutions that keep up with their intensive data needs and creative applications, G-Technology’s upgraded devices offer complete, high-capacity workflow solutions that seamlessly integrate into the larger Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem. 

“As a photographer and explorer who loves on-location shooting, I only bring the gear I can rely on for storing the moments I work so hard to capture, and that includes the G-Technology drives,” said Lucas Gilman, award-winning professional photographer. “In the field and in my studio, I also need lightning-fast transfer speeds, and that’s what G-Technology delivers. These new G-Technology drives are at the core of my workflow, allowing me to focus on capturing and preserving my creativity.” 

Features and Availability:
G-DRIVE® with Thunderbolt 3
G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 (available now up to $699.95 MSRP for 10TB, with 12TB available next quarter for $799.95 MSRP) – Designed for creative professionals in mind, the high performance storage solution features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port (supports USB 3.1 Gen 1). Users can conveniently daisy chain up to five additional devices, allowing them to keep connected to multiple drives and quickly move HD videos and 4K footage through a single connection. With capacities up to 12TB, heavy workloads and mission-critical data users have peace of mind with the long-lasting reliability of the HGST-brand Ultrastar® 7200RPM Enterprise-class hard drive inside. 

G-RAID® with Thunderbolt 3
G-RAID with Thunderbolt 3 (available June in up to 20TB and next quarter with up to 24TB for $1999.95 MSRP) – This high-performance, removable dual-hard drive RAID 0, 1 or JBOD storage system features Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, HDMI® 2.0, along with the ability to plug in 4K 60 HDR displays and editing tools, allowing creative professionals to quickly access, browse, edit, and backup digital libraries. Removeable Ultrastar 7200RPM Enterprise-class drives allow flexibility and reliability that is suitable for the most demanding creative projects, including multi-stream HD, 2K, 4K, and HDR video workflows. 

G-SPEED® Shuttle XL
G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 (available June in up to 80TB and next quarter with up to 96TB for $10,199.95 MSRP) – Able to handle demanding multi-stream workflows of 4K and beyond, both on location and in the studio, the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 offers hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 6,10, and 50 configurations in an 8-bay transportable solution. Equipped with Ultrastar Enterprise-class hard drives for enhanced reliability and transfer rates up to 2000MB/s*, creative professionals have the ultimate storage solution for demanding video workflows and high-capacity storage. 

G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Series bay adapters (available next quarter with up to 72TB for $7,799.95 MSRP) – Similar to the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3, the integrated ev Series bay adapters improve workflow options and productivity by enabling cross-functionality with all ev Series drives. Designed with two ev Series bay adapters for use with ev Series drive modules and ev Series readers, users can experience enhanced reliability coupled with fast transfer rates up to 1500MB/s*. 

The above G-Technology storage solutions use Ultrastar Enterprise-class drives and are backed by an industry-leading 5-year limited warranty. G-Technology’s storage solutions come pre-formatted for Mac® computers and can be easily reformatted for Windows® computers with the G-Technology Windows Format Wizard

For more information on the full product portfolio from G-Technology, please visit www.g-technology.com

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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. 

Forward-Looking Statements
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. 

*As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second.

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, G-DRIVE, G-RACK, G-SPEED and Ultrastar are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc. HDMI is a trademark or registered trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries. Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and/or other countries. Thunderbolt is a trademark 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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