Western Digital Introduces WD Blue and WD Green Solid State Drives

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#WDBlueSSD–Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital”) (NASDAQ: WDC) today
announced WD
Blue
® and WD
Green
® solid state drives (SSDs), the first WD-branded SATA client
SSDs. The new SSDs complement the company’s industry leading family of
hard drives for PCs and workstations, providing a full portfolio of WD
storage devices for virtually any application.

The ultimate solution for building DIY PCs, extending the life of
current PCs or upgrading existing storage, the WD Blue and WD Green SSDs
boast near-maximum speed of SATA drives, best-in-class endurance and
MTTF and WD Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) Lab certification,
resulting in quick boot times and increased program responsiveness.
Consumers benefit from the combination of reliable storage with an
industry-leading 1.75M hours MTTF, coupled with reduced power and less
heat when compared to HDDs. Both include free, downloadable, WD SSD
Dashboard software, which allows continuous performance and capacity
monitoring. For consumers who are looking for instant-on responsiveness,
durability, low power consumption, and ultra-thin, ultramobile form
factors, the WD Blue and WD Green SSDs are the perfect options.

“There is significant demand among our core WD resellers and consumers
for a broad set of flash-based storage options,” says Eyal Bek, senior
director, Devices Business Unit, Western Digital. “The expansive reach
of the WD channel enables availability of a Western Digital SSD
solution. We are very proud to have developed and launched WD Blue and
WD Green SSDs, and believe they’ll provide the instant-on, reliability
and capacity benefits our customers have been demanding.”

Pricing and Availability

WD Blue SSD

For customers looking for enhanced SATA performance, WD Blue SSDs are
optimized for multitasking and resource-heavy applications. Perfect in
either a notebook or desktop PC, WD Blue SSDs are available in 250GB,
500GB, and 1TB capacities, and in both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280
form factors. The WD Blue SSD offers up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s
sequential read and write speeds, and endurance up to 400TBW.
Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from $79.00 USD to
$299.00 USD and will be available immediately to select customers
worldwide and at wd.com.

WD Green SSD

WD Green SSDs deliver essential-class performance, and are a great
option for everyday use. Available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and in
both 2.5-inch/7mm case or M.2 2280 form factors, WD Green SSDs deliver
an ultra-low power-draw, enabling PC users to work longer between
battery charges. WD Green features sequential read and write times of up
to 540MB/s and 405MB/s and endurance up to 80 TBW. WD Green SSDs will be
available later this quarter to select regions and customers.

Both WD Blue SSDs and WD Green SSDs are protected by a 3-year limited
warranty.

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 contains certain forward-looking statements, including
the approximate price and estimated product availability of the WD Green
SSD, that are based on current expectations and involve numerous risks
and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be
inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be
inaccurate include among others: our product offerings may not be
available at the price and time we expect, and other risks detailed from
time-to-time in Western Digital’s Securities and Exchange Commission
filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent
annual report on Form 10-K to which your attention is directed. This
news release contains information from third parties, which reflect
their projections as of the date of issuance. All statements made in
this news release are made only as of the date of this release. Western
Digital undertakes no obligations to update the information in this
release in the event facts or circumstances change after the date of
this release.

Apps, services, and other features are subject to change based on your
location, software version, device model, and third party service
providers.

Western Digital, WD, the WD logo, WD Blue and WD Green are registered
trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its
affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks,
registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are
the property of their respective owners. Pictures shown may vary from
actual products. Product specifications subject to change without
notice. Not all products may be available in all regions of the world.
As used for storage capacity, one gigabyte = one billion bytes and one
terabyte = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies
depending on operating environment.

© 2016 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates.

Contacts

WDC Press Relations
Heather Skinner, 949.672.7920
heather.skinner@wdc.com
or
WDC
Investor Relations
Bob Blair, 949.672.7834
robert.blair@wdc.com