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We've long since wondered when SSDs would hit a price (and size) threshold that most mainstream consumers would opt for one over a conventional HDD. We're still a few years out from that, we imagine, but you can see the writing on the wall. Seagate, one of the world's largest storage companies, already has a mind to kill off the 2.5" (laptop-sized) 7200RPM hard drive from its portfolio. Why? Flash storage is taking off in a major way for portables, while desktops still seem to favor slow-but-huge in many cases. Moreover, the introduction of the hybrid HDD (part flash, part HDD) has made getting... Read more...
Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE). Ever heard of it? Probably not, but you may very well have heard of UltraViolet. DECE is the organization behind UltraViolet, which the entity describes as "a unique way to collect and enjoy movies and TV shows in the cloud." It's really nothing more than a fancy, cloud-friendly DRM for watching streaming movies, and outside of Apple, it has gobs of support from movie studios and most consumer companies. Now, you can add another name to that list: Seagate. DECE members include major Hollywood studios such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers,... Read more...
Mac users need backup love too, don't you know? All kidding aside, Seagate has added a new hard drive to its collection today with the unveiling of the Backup Plus Storage for OS X. In order to cater to newer Macs with USB 3.0 built in from the factor, the new Backup Plus Portable for Mac and Backup Plus Desktop for Mac drives will support SuperSpeed transmissions while also maintained backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. Furthermore, the Seagate Dashboard software included on Backup Plus for Mac drives delivers a quick and easy path to Save and Share personal photos and videos on Facebook and... Read more...
We knew the story had to end sometime, and now there's confirmation. Seagate and Lacie have just announced the completion of a deal that'll see the latter acquired by the former. Seagate was already the larger of the two, and now it's even bigger. Picking up Lacie is probably a wise move; it'll expand its portfolio, and it'll give it access to a panache and design that was lacking from Seagate's existing offerings. Now that the deal is done, Seagate has procured all of the shares of Philippe Spruch and his affiliate, representing 64.5% of the outstanding shares of Lacie for a provisional price... Read more...
Street cred isn't easy to come by on your own, but sometimes it can be bought. Just ask Seagate, which is rumored to be interested in buying out OCZ, an established player in the enthusiast solid state drive (SSD) market. As the story goes, Seagate is trying to make up for lost time from being late to the SSD party, and getting cozy with OCZ would give the storage player a major solid state presence in consumer, enthusiast, and enterprise circles. This could be a good move for OCZ, too. Obviously there's the financial aspect, but assuming OCZ is left to continue doing what it's been doing, having... Read more...
We often ask, why can't the world just hug it out and get along. Just look at Apple vs. Samsung, if you need an example. Today, however, there's a story about just that. Seagate and DensBits have just announced a new strategic agreement for development of SSDs, for both the consumer and enterprise spaces. DensBits, if you haven't heard, is the inventor of the world's first Memory Modem. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made an undisclosed equity investment in DensBits. The two are teaming up in order to reduce costs and hopefully make the adoption of SSDs a bit more widespread. The... Read more...
Seagate just issued a range of new hard drives, and perhaps not surprisingly, "backup" is at the forefront. The company's new Backup Plus storage devices brings one-click backup and the ability to save and share your content on Facebook and Flickr, as well as a variety of form factors and prices. The drives work with Mac and PC platforms, and each ones comes with Seagate Dashboard software for one-click local backup. These are also the first in the industry to offer backup for content on social networks, such as Facebook and Flickr. Storing a local duplicate copy of photos from social networks... Read more...
More moving and shaking took place in the storage industry today, as Seagate and LaCie announced an exclusive agreement whereby the former will acquire a controlling interest in the latter. Specifically, Seagate plans to purchase from Philippe Spruch, LaCie's chairman and CEO, and his affiliate, all of their shares, giving Seagate a 64.5 percent stake in LaCie. Without any price supplements or fuzzy math of any kind, the deal is worth $186 million in total equity value. If the deal goes through, Seagate would be paying a 29 percent premium to LaCie's average closing stock price in the transaction.... Read more...
Solid State Drives are a fabulous way to boost a system's performance, but for all their strong points, they aren't an easy upgrade for a lot of people. Performance can vary significantly between manufacturers, only the most expensive drives can replace the need for an HDD in an enthusiast / data-heavy system, and reinstalling a full suite of software from scratch is a major headache. Corsair's Accelerator Series family of SSDs is designed to reduce the barriers to the SSD option by offering a solution that's accessible without the need to wipe your existing HDD or create a storage plan that... Read more...
Records are made to be broken, and that's exactly what Seagate is doing. The company has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which... Read more...
Toshiba and Western Digital announced a deal today in which the two companies will essentially swap some manufacturing equipment with each other -- though which is getting the better deal is debateable. Western Digital has agreed to sell Toshiba certain assets related to the production of 3.5" hard drives "to address the requirements of the regulatory agencies that have conditionally approved or are continuing to review the company's planned acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST)." Translation: We really want to buy Hitachi, so we're giving Toshiba a deal." As part of that deal,... Read more...
Severe floods in Thailand in late 2011 left the hard drive industry in a bad spot. It's the place where manufacturers and component suppliers come together, and when flooding occurred, HDD manufacturing came to a near halt. As a result, there was a subsequent shortage of hard drives, which itself led to higher prices that still linger today. Is there any relief in sight? The answer is yes, sort of. According to DigiTimes, global HDD production capacity is getting ready to increase to 140-145 million units in the first quarter of 2012, or about 80 percent of where it was prior to when the flooding... Read more...
When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who play a few games, shoot a little video here and there, and maintain a modest music library need lots of storage. HDDs continue to increase in capacity yet remain reasonably priced in light of solid state offerings, to the point that you can have yourself a multiple-terabyte... Read more...
When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who play a few games, shoot a little video here and there, and maintain a modest music library need lots of storage. HDDs continue to increase in capacity yet remain reasonably priced in light of solid state offerings, to the point that you can have yourself... Read more...
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