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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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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


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