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WD celebrates its 40th Anniversary with the Hunt for Australia's Oldest Working WD drive

Oct 12, 2010 04:16 am CDT - 3 mins, 46 secs reading time

WD celebrates its 40th Anniversary with the Hunt for Australia's Oldest Working WD drive

Sydney, Australia: 12 October, 2010 - In line with Western Digital's 40th anniversary, WD in Australia is showcasing a unique collection of WD products compiled in Australia over the past decade. This Australian collection is exceptional with a near complete range of WD's hard drives, since the year 2000. Assembled by a long-time consultant and fan of the company actual photos and details of the collection have been unveiled at the new WD Australia Facebook page.


The Near Complete Collection

For WD hard drive owners ranging from the casual technology user, the curious WD customer, to the storage-savvy enthusiast, this collection is sure to strike interest and bring back memories. The collection features early examples of WD products including one of the first-ever WD external hard drive models, the first-generation WD Raptor drives and the smallest-capacity working WD drive found thus far in Australia.

The collection begins with a 40GB hard drive manufactured back in 2000, an ancient time in the fast-paced world of technology -- a time when everyone still used floppy discs, had dial-up internet and owning a Discman was pretty cool. But what about predecessors to the 40 GB model? The 20 GB hard drive, the 15GB hard drive, the 10 GB hard drive or perhaps even the 8 GB hard drive and older?

The Hunt to find Australia's smallest capacity working WD hard drive

To complete the commemorative collection, the search is now on for an even older model -- Australia's oldest working WD model! More specifically the collection team is looking for any working WD drives below 40GB, including any rare but functional 20GB, 15GB, 10GB, 8GB or older WD drives. The first person to surrender one given WD hard drive model with capacity less than 40 GB can trade it in for their choice of the latest 2 Terabyte WD Caviar ® Black hard drive or a 2 Terabyte My Book® 3.0. Only one winner per hard drive model less than 40 GB will be accepted, and winners must meet the terms and conditions set out on [the WD Australia Facebook page.

As well as offering information about the hard drive hunt, the WD Australia Facebook page also offers a wealth of information on the latest product releases in Australia and WD's regular competitions, prize giveaways, events and promotions.. More than ever, Australians can now have even closer access to WD via their WD Australia Facebook page. Photos from WD events across the country can also be found on the WD Australia Facebook page, including shots of the lovable and exciting WD mascots that have been popping up all over the city and posing for pictures with Australians.

To find out more or to "Like" Western Digital Australia click here

About WD's 40 Years of Innovation

WD first burst onto the scene in 1970 and went on to manufacture the first, single-chip, transmitter mostly used in calculators. From then on, WD went on to prove that it was not afraid to take well-calculated risks, invest in and lead different markets: chip sets, controllers, hard drives, multimedia solutions, SSDs. Today, WD is an industry leader and provider of many industry firsts, having proved its technological expertise time and again in the storage market and having the confidence to venture into new fields and strive for that same level of excellence:

• 2000 - Industry's first 20 GB-per-platter hard drive - 40,000 photos
• 2002 - Industry's first 200 GB hard drive - 400,000 photos
• 2001 - WD supplies drives for Xbox
• 2003 - Industry's first 80 GB-per-platter hard drive
• 2003 - Industry's first 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive
• 2003 - World's first and only 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive - WD Raptor
• 2007 - First company to introduce power-saving drives with WD GreenPower Technology™
• 2007 - First company to ship 1 TB drive with WD Caviar Green
• 2009 - Industry's first 2 TB hard drives
• 2009 - Industry's first 1 TB 2.5-inch drive
• 2010 - First to ship 750 GB 2.5-inch hard drives

About WD

WD, 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. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site ( to access a variety of financial and investor information.

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