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Western Digital

Western Digital creates data storage solutions.


Western Digital Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells data storage devices for both consumer and enterprise-level use. The company's data storage solutions are marketed under the Western Digital, G-Technology, SanDisk, and WD brands. The company's reported 2021 revenue was $16.9 billion. Western Digital is headquartered in San Jose, California with sales and locations worldwide.

Western Digital Products

Products include internal and external hard disk drives, memory cards, USB Flash drives, solid-state drives (SSDs), and enterprise-level hard disk drives (HDDs) and SSDs. These products are used in computing devices, such as desktop and notebook personal computers (PCs), smart video systems, and gaming consoles. Enterprise-level products are used in corporate data storage and data center solutions.

Western Digital Capital

Western Digital Capital is the strategic investment division of the company. They invest in innovative start-ups focused on improving how data is generated, saved, managed, and consumed. As part of their investment, they also provide consulting and networking to their portfolio companies.


Western Digital was founded on April 23, 1970, as General Digital, in Southern California by Alvin Phillips, a former Motorola employee. Around July 1971, the company changed its name to Western Digitial.

Western Digital started out selling calculator chips in the 1970s. In 1976, it entered the data storage industry with its first line of floppy disc controllers. In 1990, Western Digital collaborated with SanDisk (then SunDisk) to create the first commercial flash SSD. The partnership yielded patents for both SanDisk and Western Digital at that time, long before the two companies’ integration about twenty-five years later. Western Digital acquired SanDisk in 2016 for $16 billion.


August 25, 2021
Western Digital launches a wireless charger that can also provide data backup.
June 29, 2020
Western Digital launches SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe 1TB Pendrive.
September 23, 2019
Western Digital announces the sale of IntelliFlash Business to DDN and the intention to exit storage systems.
May 12, 2016
Western Digital acquires SanDisk for $16 billion.
April 23, 1970
Western Digital is founded in Southern California.


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By Mary-Ann Russon
September 2, 2021
BBC News
Experts recommend using three drives to back up your data and using cloud-based services.
Katyanna Quach
September 2, 2021
Joby hopes to push its service live in 2024
Jim Salter
September 1, 2021
Ars Technica
These aren't "hybrids"--their NAND components aren't used for user data.
Yann Serra
August 31, 2021
The NAND flash market could soon go from six major players to four, but the fusion of Kioxia into WD and SK Hynix with Intel's NAND business will still leave Samsung atop the pile
Jim Salter
August 27, 2021
Ars Technica
The Phoenix controller in Samsung's own product images isn't present on newer drives.


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