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Seagate looks forward to crossing the three billion threshold

Seagate has reached an impressive milestone today with the announcement that it has become the first hard drive maker to ship 2 billion HDDs. Seagate says that the impressive number has been fueled by significant demand for storage on mobile devices, for cloud infrastructures, social media companies, business applications, and a number of consumer markets.

Seagate says it took 29 years for it to reach 1 billion units shipped, but only four years to ship its second billion hard drives.


“This is truly an impressive accomplishment and I am proud to lead this company as we celebrate this success,” said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate. This achievement is a testament to the commitment of our employees whose relentless dedication and personal pride continue to be the fabric of this company.”

Digital content demand (driven by sites like YouTube) is one of the key areas that is constantly pushing the growth of the hard drive market. Seagate says that the demand for storage for user-generated content is expected to quadruple between 2013 and 2015. That means the next 1 billion drives is likely to come even faster than the four years it took Seagate to reach its second 1 billion drives shipped. 


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RE: Two billion shipped... One billion DOA
By Samus on 3/12/2013 10:22:16 AM , Rating: 1
The majority of HDD DOA's are due to negligence in handling and shipping. You don't really think they leave the factory dead, do you? Have you seen the assembly plants? We're talking hermetically controlled cleanrooms with micron-precision manufacturing tolerances.

My advice is to stop ordering from Newegg. They haven't shipped hard disks correctly for years, although it seems to really be luck of the draw whether you get "Stoner Bob" or "Particular Pete" filling the pick ticket.

The evidence is in the statistics: retail drives have a lower end-user purchased failure rate than OEM drives. Retail drives are shipped in palets in well-insulated packaging, and OEM drives are shipped in a styrofoam mold, picked, tossed in a box with some paper and peanuts, boxed up, and shipped a thousand miles in industry-uncertified packing. Go figure.


RE: Two billion shipped... One billion DOA
By Argon18 on 3/12/2013 7:38:24 PM , Rating: 2
Precisely. There is no modern hard drive manufacturer that is more or less reliable than any other. The difference is in how they're handled after they leave the factory. Did the UPS guy play soccer with the box? If so, your drive will probably arrive DOA. All HDD manufacturers put the drives through a full sector read/write test and burn in before it leaves the factory. They don't ship DOA drives.


RE: Two billion shipped... One billion DOA
By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2013 7:58:41 PM , Rating: 2
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They don't ship DOA drives.


Uh BS?

It takes a LOT of G's to brick a hard drive. Unless the box is completely smashed to sh#t, I don't think so.

Quality Control ain't what it used to be. If you believe nothing can leave the factory DOA, you're smoking drugs. No offense.


By mindless1 on 3/13/2013 11:53:31 AM , Rating: 2
Not BS, every drive is tested to confirm it works. Manufacturer handling is meticulous, leaving either shipping, merchant handling, or most often, user inflicted damage.


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