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Seagate, one of the largest suppliers of hard drives in the world, announced on Tuesday a new portfolio of flash-based storage solutions. Among the portfolio of products is a new Seagate 600 Series solid state drive, the company's first client-based SSD and one that's available in multiple z-heights, including an industry first 5mm-high drive that can squeeze into ultra-thin devices and laptops alike.
You could store over a million songs on Seagate's 4TB hard drive.
A representative for Seagate dropped us a note today to let us know the company is now shipping what it claims is the industry's first and only 4TB hard drive to utilize 1TB-per-platter technology. According to Seagate, the four-platter design is a winning one that allows for the highest performance possible while doubling capacity and reducing costs, ultimately giving consumers the best of all worlds.
No hard drive maker has shipped more HDDs than Seagate.
After 29 years in the business, Seagate on Tuesday announced it is the first first hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturer to ship two billion HDDs. What's especially remarkable about the feat is that half of those shipments came within just the last four years. Seagate credits the milestone to "explosive demand" in mobile, cloud infrastructures, social media, business applications, and from being in a position to serve a variety of consumer markets.
For the first time, Seagate will offer a solid state hybrid drive for the desktop.
Less than a week after saying it would no longer produce 7200 RPM hard drives for notebooks, Seagate today announced the launch of its third generation hybrid drive family, now called SSHD (solid state hybrid drive). There are three new models in all, including one for laptop PCs (Seagate Laptop), a 7mm high drive for Ultrabooks and ultrathins (Laptop Thin), and for the first time, a variant designed for desktops.
A number of factors will lead to declining hard drive shipments this year, IHS iSuppli says.
Facing stiff competition from tablets, smartphones, and solid state drives (SSDs), mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) shipments are expected to fall 12 percent this year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. HDD revenue will drop at about the same clip, declining 11.8 percent to $32.7 billion in 2013, down from $37.1 billion in 2012, and remaining flat in 2014.
Current HDD prices in line with pre-recession levels
The hard drive industry was hit particularly hard by the 2011 floods in Thailand, which is the second biggest producer of hard drives behind China. The devastating deluge was accompanied by a sharp increase in hard drive prices, with the average selling price for HDDs shooting up 28 percent to reach $66 in Q4 2011 (Q2 FY2012). Although a return to pre-flood prices does not seem likely in the immediate future, things aren’t nearly as bad as they were an year ago.
A new hard drive for DVRs promises quiet operation and high reliability.
Seagate on Thursday announced its new Video 2.5 HDD, a 2.5-inch hard drive (as its name implies) designed specifically for around-the-clock video applications, such as digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), and surveillance applications. Building a reliable drive was Seagate's primary focus, and the company claims its new HDD has an annual failure rate of just 0.55.
Western Digital and Seagate command over 90 percent of the traditional hard drive market, so when one of these companies pipes up with concerns, everyone stops and takes note. According to Seagate, first-quarter revenues are likely to be 5 to 7 percent lower than its previous forecast of $4 billion, and it makes us wonder if it’s the start of a new trend.
The mechanical hard drive sector has been consolidating rapidly to help combat the rise of SSD’s, and as of today we officially have one less player. Seagate has succeeded in acquiring a controlling share of LaCie stocks, although they may end up paying slightly more than the €4.05 per share that they initially disclosed. Assuming Seagate manages to accumulate a 95 percent share in the company, the price could jump to €4.17, but this will also net them full control over their French rival.