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According to reports, we may witness a price war in the hard drive business industry. At least this is what Seagate Technology CEO Bill Watkins said on Wednesday. Seagate is currently the world's largest hard drive manufacturer and competes with such companies as Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung and Toshiba. According to Watkins "If pricing doesn't drop for us, it'll be an upside." Seagate is expecting stiff price cutting from its competitors through into 2007.

Seagate believes that despite the aggressive price cutting from competitors, the only gains they are receiving are minor. Watkins indicated that "[our competitors] are getting volume units and share, but it's lousy share." Watkins said that Seagate gains more share because of product quality, reliability and support rather than heavy price cutting. Watkins also noted that Seagate's competitors are cutting prices so much, it erodes into the profitability of its competitors.

Seagate acquired its largest competitor, Maxtor, earlier this year and announced that it would cut the company in half. Seagate mentioned that despite the job cuts, it would keep many of Maxtor's enterprise level product lines and services. Seagate also made several announcements of its own so far this year, including a 300GB, 15,000 RPM, perpendicular Cheetah and 1TB NAS products under the Maxtor brand name.

At the moment, Seagate is one of the few companies that are not under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC is currently investigating more than 80 companies for stock-option manipulations and back-dating practices that give huge financial gains to executive level employees. Watkins indicated that he was confident about his company's business practices, saying "we have a very rigorous stock-option grant program. It's such a rigorous process. We feel confident."



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Seagate > All
By Funksultan on 8/10/2006 3:09:43 PM , Rating: 1
Hard drives are SO cheap now, how can ppl not spend the 4-5 extra bucks for a Seagate?

5 year warranty FTW. Rest of the industry needs to follow suit, or die.




RE: Seagate > All
By Dev17 on 8/10/06, Rating: 0
RE: Seagate > All
By masher2 (blog) on 8/10/2006 4:07:11 PM , Rating: 3
You rated Maxtor above WD?

::boggle::


RE: Seagate > All
By rklaver on 8/11/2006 1:16:06 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Textby masher2 on August 10, 2006 at 4:07 PM

You rated Maxtor above WD?

::boggle::


yeah that's got me boggled too. I would put Fujitsu and Maxtor next to each other in the bottom of the trash.


RE: Seagate > All
By tuteja1986 on 8/11/2006 4:03:33 AM , Rating: 2
Samsung had the worst HDD ever ;( they were highly unrecommend. Well worst return rate in 2001.


RE: Seagate > All
By leexgx on 8/13/2006 9:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
I found Samsungs are very good an are properly the silent of any hdds I have used, 5400 models you never get any sounds out of then and my last Samsung that is 4 yrs old is still running in my friends pc

I use segates only as an rule now the are the second silent disk I have used, when not in use they are silent but if left for 10 secs they auto do an fast S.M.A.R.T test every time so they make noise

maxtore`s are close to as bad an fujitsu's are the most unreliable hdds (they cook them self’s to death the maxtores do if you keep them cool and they be happy) also never fill an Maxtor more then 90% full or it will die don’t ask me why but they do I had 10 reports from my old boss and some friend and me odd it is (dono ask me why but I am using 4x 80gb maxtores in my raid 0 setup now lol)

WD are good But they F vibrate and make lots of noise doing it the most of any hdds I have ever used so I never buy them agene I gave them 2 yrs to fix it

IBM/HT disks are odd they are noisy but you can use a floppy to make them quite reality of them are odd as they use some sort of bearing but they fail if left on for more then 8hrs an day ?? So I never use them as well as I cant trust if they are reliable or not


RE: Seagate > All
By frobizzle on 8/11/2006 6:37:19 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
by masher2
You rated Maxtor above WD?

::boggle::


Gee, Masher, you ocassionally post intelligent comments on DT. Must be you don't have anything worthwhile to say on this topic.



RE: Seagate > All
By TomZ on 8/11/2006 5:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Gee, Masher, you ocassionally post intelligent comments on DT. Must be you don't have anything worthwhile to say on this topic.

Are you saying you prefer Maxtor drives to WDC? Now that's not intelligent at all.


RE: Seagate > All
By frobizzle on 8/13/2006 10:08:57 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Are you saying you prefer Maxtor drives to WDC? Now that's not intelligent at all.


All I'm saying is that of the several dozen drives I've bought over the years, I have never had a Maxtor fail. Can't say the same about WD or Seagate.


RE: Seagate > All
By Wwhat on 8/13/06, Rating: 0
RE: Seagate > All
By glennpratt on 8/15/2006 5:05:52 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, you get to decide when things are unintelligent by posting anecdotal evidence! I wan't to be where you are in life.


RE: Seagate > All
By deeznuts on 8/10/2006 6:47:45 PM , Rating: 2
Seagate's noise hasn't been what it used to be lately. I loved the Cuda IV, still have one running in a modified PVR.


RE: Seagate > All
By therealnickdanger on 8/10/2006 4:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
5 year warranty FTW

Yeah, but unlike WD, Seagate makes you pay $25 for an overnight replacement. When my Raptor died, they sent me a new one in less than 36 hours along with a return shipping label for my broken one. If Seagate can match WD in that arena, then I would be a Seagate fanboy.


RE: Seagate > All
By imaheadcase on 8/10/2006 4:55:08 PM , Rating: 2
HD are so cheap warrenty does not matter to most people. Who wants to return a drive with all the hassle that goes with it when a new one is dirt cheap.


RE: Seagate > All
By slashbinslashbash on 8/10/2006 5:51:57 PM , Rating: 3
That's kind of the point. WD makes it super easy. Go to their website, type in the HD's serial number and your credit card number (not charged unless they don't receive your bad drive), and they ship you a replacement ASAP. Put the old one in the box and send it back, badda bing, badda boom. It's really hard to imagine that the system could be further streamlined.

It's nice that it's so easy, since I've had to do it at least 3 times in the past couple of years :( I'm buying Seagates now.


RE: Seagate > All
By dice1111 on 8/10/2006 5:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
Those that don't have $120 lying around for a new 300GB. Believe it or not, money can be tight for some...


RE: Seagate > All
By mendocinosummit on 8/10/2006 6:33:53 PM , Rating: 1
Actually it is $95 for a 320GB, but only 300 usuable. If you need the storage your better off not wait.


RE: Seagate > All
By Frank M on 8/10/2006 9:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yeah, but unlike WD, Seagate makes you pay $25 for an overnight replacement. When my Raptor died, they sent me a new one in less than 36 hours along with a return shipping label for my broken one. If Seagate can match WD in that arena, then I would be a Seagate fanboy.


Yep, mine too. Absolutely 100% satisfaction. Turns out that my HD was fine, it was my Bios that was screwing everything up. My Maxtor, on the other hand...


RE: Seagate > All
By johnsonx on 8/10/2006 9:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't anyone remember the good old days when seagate drive were the worst pieces of crap? I guess it isn't true any more, but it's sure hard for me to forget.


RE: Seagate > All
By KenGoding on 8/18/2006 3:03:45 PM , Rating: 2
My personal experience has been that the IBM/Hitachi drives are the best, although I don't have a problem with Seagate.


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