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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...
There’s no doubt that Thunderbolt is establishing a foothold in the industry, but things are still at that awkward stage where the technology is here and available, but there aren’t too many hard drives shipping with the interface on board. Of those that are shipping, many are priced rather high. Seagate’s in-between solution, available now, is the GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter, which allows you to mount a GoFlex portable drive and connect to a Thunderbolt port for those lightning-fast (er, thunderbolt-fast?) transfer speeds promised by the new technology. The adapter will run you... Read more...
Seagate this week reported financial results for the quarter ended December 30, 2011, in which the company said it shipped 47 million disk drives and collected $3.2 billion in revenue. For the six months ended on the same day, Seagate says it collected revenue of $6 billion and returned $151 million to shareholders in the form of a dividend. Not too shabby when you consider severe floods in Thailand left the hard drive industry in shambles. Unfortunately for Joe Consumer, relief is hardly in sight. In a supplementary note (PDF) discussing its quarterly results, Seagate warned that the impact of... Read more...
Corsair announced a new line of SSD products at CES this week, aimed at users who want the performance benefit of these devices without leaping through the hoops of a fresh OS install or shucking out for a high capacity solid state drive. The company claims that using an Accelerator Series cache drive and the Nvelo-developed software that goes with it can improve performance by up to 5x. The software suite in question is the same product we saw OCZ use for its Synapse Cache series back in September; Crucial also announced a drive cache product at CES this week. According to Nvelo's website, "For... Read more...
Just about every company represented at CES has a theme or two it’s focusing on at the show, and for Seagate, this year the spotlight is on mobile storage technologies, hybrid storage, and of course, speed. Seagate is showing off its update to the GoFlex Satellite drive, a battery-powered, mobile storage solution that streams media to a tablet, and it’s also showcasing a 4G LTE mobile wireless storage product. The result of a partnership with Verizon, the Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage (we assume the name is temporary) is designed to effectively boost the storage capacity of... Read more...
And just like that, it's a done deal. Seagate has just concluded the acquisition of Samsung's hard disk drive business, only days before the new year. The agreement includes extensive supply and cross-licensing arrangements, which are said to now be "fully operational." Under the terms of the transaction, Seagate has gained select elements of Samsung’s HDD business, including assets, infrastructure and employees that enable Seagate to drive scale and innovation. These assets include Samsung’s leading M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch HDDs. Samsung employees joining Seagate... Read more...
Word around the Web is that some hard drive makers are cutting down their warranty terms, the timing of which couldn't be any worse (we'll get to that in a minute). Western Digital is dropping the distribution warranty period for Caviar Blue, Caviar Green, and Scorpio Blue drives from 3 years to 2 years (Caviar Black and Scorpio Black will still carry 5-year warranties). News of Western Digital's reduced warranty terms was first reported by The Register, which got its hands on the following letter: This new warranty policy will be effective for drives shipped from January 2nd, 2012. It is important... Read more...
Seagate’s first Momentus XT hybrid drive arrived about a year and a half ago. The original drive featured a 500GB hard drive paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface. At the time of its release, the original Momentus XT turned out to be a rather compelling product. Its price was relatively low and Seagate’s adaptive memory technology “just worked”, which resulted in increased performance that was seamless to the end-user, regardless of the OS being used. Today Seagate is ready to reveal its next iteration of the Momentus XT. The updated version of the drive... Read more...
Seagate’s first Momentus XT hybrid drive arrived about a year and a half ago. The original drive featured a 500GB hard drive paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface. At the time of its release, the original Momentus XT turned out to be a rather compelling product. Its price was relatively low and Seagate’s adaptive memory technology “just worked”, which resulted in increased performance that was seamless to the end-user, regardless of the OS being used. Today Seagate is ready to reveal its next iteration of the Momentus XT. The updated version... Read more...
Multiple motherboard manufacturers are warning that precipitously rising HDD prices will impact their sales. Gigabyte has issued guidance that it now expects Q4 shipments to fall by 20 -25 percent, while Asustek predicts a much smaller decline of ~five percent. Analysts believe Asus is underestimating the impact of the price increases, and think the company's sales could fall as much as ten percent. This would be in line with guidance from MSI, ECS, and Asrock. Exposure to the shortage will vary depending on the degree to which a manufacturer relies on retail sales and the price points of their... Read more...
Seagate is streamlining its Barracuda line of hard drives. To this end, the new Barracuda line will offer a SATA 6GB/second interface, 7200RPM spin speed, and up to 64MB cache. The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 250GB to 3TB. Seagate plans to end production of its Barracuda Green drive in February 2012.Seagate's Barracuda XT will be folded into the new Barracuda family. The Barracuda XT name will re-emerge to represent the company’s desktop solid state hybrid drive. Seagate Streamlines Barracuda Product Family; Simplifies Selection For Consumers And Reduces Costs For... Read more...
Both analysts and Apple are warning that the price of hard drives, which has already been creeping upwards the past few weeks, could jump significantly in Q4 due to catastrophic floods taking place in Thailand. During Apple's conference call this week, CEO Tim Cook said: ""Like many others, we source many components from Thailand and have multiple factories that supply these components. There are several factories that are currently not operable, and the recovery timeline for these factories is not known at this point... We would say that our primary exposure is on the Mac...I'm virtually certain... Read more...
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