WD turns 40, wants your old gear

Xavier Verhoeven
12 October, 2010
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Hard drive manufacture Western Digital is turning 40 this year and to celebrate the milestone, it’s showcasing a collection of its past products. The only problem is that the collection only goes back to 2000, so WD wants you to scour your own collection for an old (but still working) model.

The earliest model is a 40GB hard drive from “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”, according to the WD press release. But there’s a long history missing before that point; I remember a 270MB hard drive in the 1990s, though it’s long dead now. To complete its collection, WD is asking for your drives from earlier years, in any size below 40GB – but it needs to be functional.

What do you get for holding on to such a dinosaur? Well, for the first person who surrenders each model under the 40GB mark, WD will let you swap for a 2TB Caviar Black or 2TB My Book 3.0 hard drive. That’s certainly a hefty upgrade.

More details are available on WD’s Facebook page, but it looks like there are plenty of hoarders out there, with the slots filling up fast.

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  1. Jamie says:

    What a shame I’m in NZ! I’m pretty sure I might have an ancient WD HDD somewhere in my garage

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