Bragadocious Seagate Boasts 1.5 Billion Hard Drives Shipped
According to Seagate's numbers, 1.5 billion hard drives equates to about 118.5 million terabytes capable of storing 237 billion hours of digital video or 1.8 trillion hours of music. But that's enough about this milestone, what's next for Seagate?
"At this rate, the 2 billion drives milestone will happen in the next 2 years, meaning what previously took 29 years to reach (1 billion drives) will only take 5 years," Seagate's Mark Wojtasiak said. "Put that into perspective... Facebook founded in 2004 reached 500 million users in 2010... 6 years. Seagate sold 500 million drives in less that half the time. Cool."
Cool indeed, and proof positive that mechanical hard drives are long for this world, at least until solid state drives (SSDs) reach pedestrian price-per-gigabyte ratios.