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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 LRonaldHubbs on 3/12/2013 2:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
Seagate has a mix of quality. The core Seagate drives aren't that bad, but it's very hard to tell them from the Maxtor series, which I'd guesstimate to have a 99% failure rate. Truly horrible drives.

I had great luck with Maxtor back in the ATA133 days. I've also had good luck with Seagate, Samsung, and WD. In fact, the only drives I've ever had die were a Quantum Fireball EX and a WD Green 2TB.

RE: Two billion shipped... One billion DOA
By Solandri on 3/12/2013 2:57:50 PM , Rating: 2
Storage Review has been running a HDD reliability survey for 15 years now. You need to submit a data point (make and model of your HDD, how long it's been working, or how long it worked until it died) before you can browse the database.

Unfortunately I don't remember my login so I can't see how up to date it is. But based on browsing it in previous years, there's actually very little correlation between manufacturer and reliability. The stronger correlation is actually with model and reliability. It seems the way a particular drive model is manufactured is what makes it a lemon or a tank.

By Souka on 3/12/2013 3:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
I had a bunch of death-star hitachi drives back in the day....big capacity (20GB, 40GB, 60GB), 7200rpm (which was fairly new), and great performance... except for when you turnd on the PC and heard... *click* *click* *click* *CLUNK* and repeat....

probably went through 6 drives at home... even to this day Hitachi drives makes me nervous despite not having a failure since.

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