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Preparing For The Real World

Inside Western Digital: How Tomorrow's Storage Gets Made
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Preparing For The Real World

We’ve seen WD’s R&D setup for media and read/write heads. Eventually, all of the tiny tech has to emerge and function in the macroverse. That’s where our third and last facility, the pilot line, comes into play. This is where drives get assembled in yet another cleanroom facility, then tested until they (hopefully don’t) drop. If everything goes as planned here and no flaws are found in the production process, then drives and their components get approved to enter mass production in Asia.

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