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Seagate ceasing production of 7200RPM mobile hard drives

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Mar 2013 20:04 User comments (16)

Seagate ceasing production of 7200RPM mobile hard drives Seagate has announced today that it will cease production of 7200RPM mobile hard drives later this year.
The company will continue to offer slower 5400RPM drives for "value" notebooks and will also continue creating its solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs).

"We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013," added David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology.

Although the company is ceasing production, the company says there will be sufficient inventory for customers who still require such drives for the time being.

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16 user comments

14.3.2013 20:32

good move i guess

24.3.2013 21:30

i think they are just moving forward with their technology and going towards more sshd instead.


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34.3.2013 22:34

I've had bad experiences with Seagate hard disks.....They tend to fail catastrophically without warning and often at the worst possible moment.

Western Digital hard disks are of much better quality, IMHO.

44.3.2013 22:43

Originally posted by ivymike:
I've had bad experiences with Seagate hard disks.....They tend to fail catastrophically without warning and often at the worst possible moment.

Western Digital hard disks are of much better quality, IMHO.
i understand that is your experience; however, you will find people who will say the same for WD or other manufacturers. the fact is that HDDs fail and they do even w/o warning sometimes. i have good experience with all manufacturers. if you feel your data to be valuable, one word...backup.

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55.3.2013 9:24

Actually what is funny i am a mac user by trade and every single mac user i talk to goes to these manufacturers.

Samsung

Hitachi

Western digital

And they remove the seagate out of there machine if one is installed kinda strange if there such good drives then why do even mac users get rid of them..

65.3.2013 11:43

samsung no longer make hdd's,seagate took them over last year,those samsung green drives would be worth a mint if anyone had stock of them


75.3.2013 17:46

Originally posted by ivymike:
I've had bad experiences with Seagate hard disks.....They tend to fail catastrophically without warning and often at the worst possible moment.

Western Digital hard disks are of much better quality, IMHO.
here here

86.3.2013 14:46

Originally posted by ivymike:
I've had bad experiences with Seagate hard disks.....They tend to fail catastrophically without warning and often at the worst possible moment.

Western Digital hard disks are of much better quality, IMHO.
Indeed and.........coincidentally they also reduced their warranty from 5 to 3 years in the past few years.

Don't care where you are from but this shows a complete lack of faith in your product. Besides, many Seagates have failed in recent times that I have seen. Shame.....they were the best.

98.3.2013 10:30

Seagate is on a down slide but it is a cycle. At one point I would only buy WD but then it changed to Seagate, and again changed to Maxtor, and again back to Seagate, but now WD. All manufactures go from good to bad then back to good if they survive, it is a common cycle unfortunately as greed enters in and quality fly's out the window.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Mar 2013 @ 10:31

108.3.2013 11:02

I haven't had bad luck with any brands of hard drives. I have used all of them and have nothing but good to say about them. I have had a few fail but only after many years of use. The real key is to have a backup of your drives. I have backups on all my machines so recovery is a matter of minutes.

118.3.2013 13:03

since we are sharing anecdotes... i have always had the most luck with Western Digital...

128.3.2013 14:08

Pros: None. I purchase hundreds of hard drives each year and find I can no longer trust WD

Cons: During Sept. of 2011 I bought 6 FAEX 1 and 2TB drives from various suppliers at separate times. Of the 6 drives 5 were DOA. After a succession of RMA's(over 20) each time I received a defective replacement.

Other Thoughts: Recently the one good drive I purchased failed and I RMA'd cross shipped for replacement. I received the replacement very quickly but again was supplied with a defective replacement drive (Copy rate 5mb/sec). Apparently in the past year nothing has changed. I am no longer purchasing WD drives.

138.3.2013 14:25

The odds of getting 6 drives and having 5 bad, plus getting replacements that are also bad is astronomical. The failure rates for any manufacture just don't support that, even Seagate.

Conclusion, must be a user issue.

148.3.2013 17:25

Seagate HDD are normally cheaper when I look online, and it must be because of their build being of lesser quality, hence the reason why I think so many tech geeks tend to steer clear of those drives right now. Question is now will SSDs be any different in quality for them, or will it be the same build as the HDDs? If they are, then I see people going to the WD fence as a result..Just sayin'..


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158.3.2013 17:46

The problem I've experienced with Seagate drives isn't DOA, that wouldn't bother me as much, it is the 1+ year failure rate. Even if you backup regularly you still are apt to loose some data and screw around to recover. I've had too many Seagate drives fail just after a year old and if you get an OEM drive with only a year warranty you are screwed, I normally don't.

As to SSD's that is a different beast, Intel makes rock solid drives and OCZ makes the worse of the bunch. I would give Seagate a try if they had a decent SSD on the market with a reasonable warranty. The problem though with all SSD's is, they are fragile and not as reliable as HDD's at this point in time, so I wouldn't want to use them as my only storage device.

1610.3.2013 5:57

I am no specialist but enjoy doing a PC rebuild every couple of years and upgrade regularly inbetween. I have always had a perception of Seagate as beuing a quality manufacturer although for one reason or another have never used their products. I have purchased Samsung, WD and Hitachi in the past and have never (fingers crossed) had a failure in 20 years although I do not often work one beyond 5 yrs. I was considering buying a 1TB Seagate at this time but I am now thinking that there is a little too much adverse comment out there. As they say, no smoke without fire.I think I'll stick with WD.

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