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Seagate says it will target enterprise customers with its first SSD

Seagate doesn’t currently have any drives in the SSD market. Seagate currently is one of the largest makers of traditional hard drives and while it foresees a time when the solid state drive (SSD) is a better value than traditional HDDs; that time is not now.

Seagate announced that next year it will double its highest capacity traditional HDD to 2TB and will introduce its first SSD. CEO Bill Watkins says Seagate will first target enterprise customers with its SSDs where the benefits of lower power consumption and faster data access will be most welcome. The enterprise environment will also be willing to pay the premium SSDs will still demand whereas the majority of the consumer market is not willing to pay the premium at this time says Seagate.

PC World quotes Watkins saying, “SSDs are not price-competitive yet.” The cost per gigabyte for SSDs isn’t expected to come down for several years. Watkins believes that SSDs will become a focus for Seagate when the cost per gigabyte of SSD storage is around $0.10.

Currently, the cost per gigabyte for the average SSD is about $3.58 per gigabyte according to Krishna Chander, an analyst at iSuppli. There are problems with SSDs to be tackled over the next few years other than price. The typical SSD still has a storage capacity too low for most users and the SSD lifespan is short compared to a traditional HDD.

The answer to the problem of durability may lie in using the SSD for data reading and fast access to commonly used files and having less frequently used stuff moved off to a HDD for more permanent storage according to some. Despite the fact that Seagate doesn’t currently sell SSDs, it does own several patents that cover technology currently used in many SSDs on the market.

In April 2008 Seagate announced it was going to begin filing patent infringement suits against SSD makers who were using its patented technology in their products with the first suit filed against STEC.

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Porn and Piracy
By cubby1223 on 5/31/2008 12:14:26 AM , Rating: 0
Those are really the only reasons for larger drives.

The former, if you have so much porn you need multiple terabytes to store it all... well you're just sad and should be deleting most of it anyways.

The latter, no one better respond with that "I use it for legal backups of my movies" BS. You're downloading anything and everything you can get your mitts on. Or renting and copying. Either one. I'm not saying don't pirate, I'm just saying the "legal backups" line is BS.

I'd estimate that ~95% of people who don't pirate and don't save porn, are more than content with an 80gb drive.

RE: Porn and Piracy
By BikeDude on 5/31/2008 5:44:49 AM , Rating: 5
I'm just saying the "legal backups" line is BS.

I have a small two-room apartment in the middle of a relatively expensive city (I can't afford a bigger place at the moment and to give you some idea about 'expensive', I just purchased a car that easily costs twice as much here as it would in the States). In my apartment are no less than three DVD bookcases, plus a couple of shelves on the wall, all filled with DVDs (and a bunch of blu-ray and HD-DVDs).

I would absolutely *love* to file them all away on a huge drive, pack up the lot of them and put them in storage somewhere so that I can reclaim much needed space in my living room.

What is it about this particular situation that strikes you as weird or offensive?

(Legal) Online streaming could be a nice alternative in the future, but we're not quite there yet. Meanwhile I do enjoy collecting movies, I just don't like the part where I have to keep the physical media spread all over my living room. Eventually it will be difficult to find the DVD I am looking for and it just isn't very practical. This, combined with unwanted ads and unskippable content, has put a severe brake on my buying activities. I am definitively not buying as much as I used to. I would if it was practical.

RE: Porn and Piracy
By oab on 6/1/2008 7:38:08 PM , Rating: 3
DVD-Fab HD Decrypter (horrible name I know) has the ability to skip the FBI warnings, forced advertisements, etc. when you rip a movie with it.

2TB / 8.5GB = 235, therefore you can put 235 of your movies onto one two TB hdd (losslessly stored regular plain-old DVD's). Raid 5 of those together in some NAS box and that's likely enough storage for most of your DVD collection. And there are freeware utilities that help you organize media collections on such devices.

It's not perfect, but you could probably backup some of that collection ... perhaps even most of it?

RE: Porn and Piracy
By mindless1 on 6/2/2008 4:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
You are ignorant of other people's storage uses. I have over a TB only counting stuff I've recorded off TV!

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