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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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By dgingerich on 3/12/2013 11:33:29 AM , Rating: 3
I've helped considerably with that 2 billion recently. I currently have a 500GB drive, 7 1TB drives, 4 2TB drives, and a 3TB drive, all made by Seagate, and only one defective one in that bunch.

I'm also an admin in a server storage software test lab. We have about 2/3 Seagate drives. (Probably close to 8000 Seagate drives, ~12,000 drives total.) Although these are Enterprise class drives, so they probably don't correlate to desktop drive reliability, Seagate has been, documentably, the most reliable manufacturer. Toshiba is the worst, by a factor of 8, with their 146GB 2.5" drives failing at a rate 12 times that of Seagate's. We have switched to entirely Seagate drives in our products mostly because of that, but also a few other factors.

Seriously, Seagate's history of unreliable drives is just that: history. They don't have the reliability problems they used to. It's time to let go of the past.

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