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Seagate to lay off 6,000 workers

Seagate is now the proud owner of Maxtor, but it doesn't expect to have brought the two hard disk drive operations together until next year. In the meantime, it will rid itself of half of Maxtor's worldwide workforce of 12,000 employees. The remainder will largely be made up of Maxtor's Asia-Pacific manufacturing workers, …
Tony Smith, 23 May 2006
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Super-safe storage surfaces

If you thought that viruses were one of the most likely things to damage your data, then think again - it could well be fire and water. Thankfully, there’s a solution. Manufacturer SentrySafe has launched what it claims is the world’s first and only fire-resistant and waterproof hard drive unit. It claims the storage unit can be …
James Sherwood, 02 Jul 2008
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Pliant puts shiny new CEO to work

Enterprise flash drive start-up Pliant has brought in Richard Wilmer to run the company, replacing former CEO Amyl Ahola. Pliant makes single and multi-level cell, Lightning-branded solid state drives that can replace fast hard disks in enterprise storage arrays. It doesn't produce Fibre Channel interface drives though, and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2011
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Seagate to mount global two-pronged channel assault

Seagate will maintain the Maxtor brand in the channel as well as in retail, the HDD vendor has said. It will use the Maxtor brand to attack to cheap end of the market, where it claimed the other manufacturers are deliberately losing money to gain market share. Seagate's VP of segment marketing Marc Jourlait said: "Rather than …
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Song of Samsung sings for eSys's supper

Samsung has fingered eSys as its global hard disk distributor. Samsung storage sales manager HJ Song said: "With a global partner on board, Samsung plans to concentrate on building the number of direct retailer and reseller accounts putting us in a strong position once the storage market levels out." eSys UK general manager …
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Seagate polishes mirrored drive, backup service for SMEs

Seagate's i365 has added near-real-time EVault data protection offerings for small businesses, along with a disaster recovery service, plus a mirrored Maxtor backup storage server for the do-it-yourselfers. DIY Backup The single-drive Maxtor Central Axis external storage box announced in June has gained a brother, a twin-drive …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2008
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Hard drive shipments soar in Q1

The global hard drive market is in rude health, according to figures from analysts iSuppli. Shipments in Q1 2006 were up 16.5 per cent on the same period in 2005. The Seagate-Maxtor twosome accounted for a whopping 41 percent of the total 101.7m units shipped. Western Digital swallowed 18.5 per cent, with Hitachi taking bronze …

Seagate readies SOHO-friendly 1TB NAS box

Seagate will ship a 1TB version of its twin-drive, RAID-enabled Maxtor Shared Storage II network-attached storage (NAS) box later this month, the company announced yesterday. seagate shared storage ii 1tb The box contains a pair of 500GB 7,200rpm disk drives which can be configured either as a 1TB data store or as a 500GB …
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2006
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Seagate income soars with $359m tax break

Seagate posted a boost in fourth quarter income thanks to higher revenue and a one-time tax benefit. Income for the largest US hard-drive manufacturer rose to $541m, compared to $7m a year earlier. Revenue increased about 9 per cent to $2.74bn, up from $2.53bn the same quarter the previous year. Seagate's income rose sharply …
Austin Modine, 19 Jul 2007

Seagate targets sensitive customers with encrypted HDDs

Hard disk drive (HDD) giant Seagate Technology is to start flogging HDDs with built-in encryption chips in an attempt to secure sensitive data on home PCs. The firm said that, given the explosion in sales devices that hold digital content within the consumer market, securing stored data was becoming an increasingly important …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2007
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Seagate profits slump

Disk maker Seagate saw profits fall in the second quarter ended 29 December 2006 despite growing sales. Costs relating to the acquisition of Maxtor pushed profits down more than 50 per cent. Seagate made sales of $2,996bn in the quarter ended 30 December 2005, but net income was down to $140m from $287m. The company spent $ …
John Oates, 24 Jan 2007
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WD extends HDD warranty periods

Western Digital fired the latest shot in the hard drive warranty war this week by upping the coverage period on its enterprise drives to five years, and extending the desktop and notebook warranty durations to three years. That said, the move comes some way behinds WD's rival HDD suppliers. Maxtor increased the warranty periods …
Tony Smith, 21 Jul 2005
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Seagate amazed by its own regulatory compliance

Seagate was pleasantly surprised at how easily its $1.9bn swallowing of Maxtor last year passed regulatory muster. The deal got the final thumbs up from shareholders in May after US and EU scrutineers greenlighted the deal in double-quick time. Seagate now controls more than 60 per cent of the enterprise HDD market. Bosses …

Seagate tries again with external drives

Seagate has updated its FreeAgent line of consumer external hard drives with new, fetchingly encased and higher capacity models. The current line gets FreeAgent Classic branding. Last year's FreeAgent desktop and portable external drives came in somewhat garish dark brown cases with sodium lighting orange highlights. They also …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2008
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Pioneer picks eSys for distie

eSys will distribute Pioneer's optical disk drives across Europe, except to Germany and Turkey. Mark Littlechild, a senior manager at Pioneer Europe, said: "Eastern Europe in particular is a thriving market where sales of DVD writers remain buoyant, and we see eSys' excellent relationships with system developers and the local …
John Oates, 02 Oct 2006
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80GB hard drives get into PCs

Maxtor has confirmed that its 80GB hard drive, the DiamondMax 80, is shipping out to distributors now and is expected in the shops by September. The company says that retail is not part of the current strategy, but that it hasn't been completely ruled out. But the specialist outlets will be able to supply it to keen consumers. …
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Aug 2000
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Seagate extends HDD warranties to five years

Hard disk maker Seagate has upped the duration of key product warranties to five years. The company already offers five-year warranties for enterprise drives, but in a bid to differentiate its products and cope with the price war that has hit all the major vendors, Seagate today extends this to all internal HDDs for desktop and …
Tony Smith, 26 Jul 2004
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Of Dell's self-encrypting laptop

Never lose notebook data again. Not if you have a Dell notebook: the company is producing self-encrypting laptops with Seagate encrypting drives and McAfee security software. Seagate is now shipping 5400 and 7200 rpm Momentus notebook drives with 320 and 500GB capacity and full disk encryption options. This is AES 128-bit US …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2008
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Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB solid-state drive

Reg Hardware has covered plenty of solid-state disks before, but never anything to match the capacity of Kingston’s latest high density SSD. Back in January, Kingston announced the SSDNow V+ series, the higher spec members of its family of “value” drives with capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB …
Shaun Dormon, 14 Jul 2010
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Hyundai seeks billion bucks to pay for LG

The Korean press is reporting today that Hyundai will attempt to raise $1.24 billion to finance its takeover of LG Semicon and to hone its own internal structure. According to reports, Hyundai wants $1.5 billion in foreign capital by the end of 1998. It has made $350 million by putting Maxtor onto the New York stock exchange. …
Mike Magee, 20 Apr 1999
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Seagate slams profit-ignorant rivals

Seagate gave itself a pat on the back today in its September quarter report for holding the revenue line against hard drive competitors "who seem intent on trying to capture market share without regard to profitability". Fighting fire with fire , Seagate is determined to retain market share, and that will mean more price cuts. …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2006
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Seagate stock sinks after earnings stink

Seagate shares took a hit today after the HDD manufacturer cut its third quarter revenue expectations. On a release posted on the company website late Friday, Seagate now predicts to report revenue of $2.8bn Q3 — lowered from a previous estimate of $2.9-$3bn. The company's stock dropped as much as 9 per cent in intraday …
Austin Modine, 10 Apr 2007
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Newer Tech punts toaster drive dock

Long-time Mac-centric vendor Newer Technology launched the easiest-to-use drive dock we ever seen at this week's Macworld Expo. Dubbed the Voyager Q, this toaster-like device is a docking station for bare 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA I and II drives. The Voyager Q, which retails for $99, includes two FireWire 800 ports, plus …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2009
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Seagate posts good-ish quarter, fuels Wall Street jitters

Seagate's fiscal '08 second quarter net income nearly tripled from a year ago and revenue jumped 14 per cent. Unit shipments hit 50 million, up 20 per cent year-over-year, on the back of strong demand from digital equipment manufacturers. Freckle-faced and brimming with pride, Seagate came skipping home to investors today …
Austin Modine, 18 Jan 2008
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Seagate slashes bare drive warranties

Seagate is cutting the warranty period of its bare drives. A mail sent by Seagate to a North American reseller said: Seagate Updates Warranty Terms on Select Bare Drives Starting in 2009, Seagate will be making some important changes to its limited warranty terms for selected bare drive products. For products purchased on or …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2008
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Seagate takes EVault

In a last minute spot of Christmas shopping, Seagate has bagged online backup provider EVault for $185m in a bid to expand its services effort. The California-based outfit was founded in 1997 and employs 250 staff servicing 8,500 customers. Seagate CEO Bill Watkins said: "Over the past three years, Seagate has been executing a …
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WD flogs external 120GB FireWire HDD

Western Digital is coming to market with a 120GB external Firewire hard drive (HDD) for PC and Mac. The beast incorporates a 7,200RPM platter-spinning Caviar HDD and carries a list price of $349. If you want to go large, you can stack systems together in a daisy chain. There's also PCI adaptor option for desktops and and a PC …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2002
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DataSlide reinvents hard drive

UK-based data storage start-up DataSlide has announced potentially revolutionary hard drive technology, and a Partnership Network agreement with Oracle for the Berkeley Data Base to be embedded into the device. DataSlide's Hard Rectangular Drive (HRD) does not use read-write heads moving across the recording surface of a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2009

Seagate axes thousands

Seagate's board has given the go ahead for a seven per cent workforce reduction designed to improve the company's bottom line. Seagate expects to chop about 3,000 jobs, which should cut annual operating costs by close to $150m. Seagate will take a $50m charge in its current quarter for the move. The hard-disk drive maker has …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jun 2004
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Fujitsu offloads chipmaking to Taiwan

Fujitsu has joined the parade of chip-design firms that are passing off all or part of their manufacturing to the giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The Japanese megaconglomerate is struggling to put its financial house in order. Earlier this month, for example, it cut contractors' pay by 15 percent. And on …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Apr 2009
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Hitachi brings IDE to 1.8in HDD line

Hitachi's hard drive operation has added 40GB and 60GB models to its line of 1.8in hard drives, which it has refreshed with an IDE interface the better to broaden its appeal from MP3 player manufacturers and the like to notebook makers. The 20 and 30GB models launched last September had ZIF interfaces; the new models support …
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2005
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Michael calls in Michael to sort out Dell

Battered Dell has moved to get its act together by drafing in a tech manufacturing veteran to oversee its global operations. The vendor has had a terrible year, what with exploding laptops, service complaints, HP taking the number one PC spot, and Michael Dell having to jump back into the CEO seat. Michael Dell is looking to …
Joe Fay, 15 Feb 2007
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Seagate, Hitachi launch 1in 6GB HDDs

Seagate and Hitachi both announced 1in hard drives with a 6GB storage capacity this week, though the US company appears to have been the first to ship such a product. Seagate's 6GB ST-1 unit started shipping last December, the company said yesterday, and may well be the storage component found in Apple's latest iPod Mini, …
Tony Smith, 24 Feb 2005
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Seagate denies Taiwan hard drive recall claims

Seagate today damned as "inaccurate" a report that the company has begun taking dodgy 40GB and 80GB hard drives off Taiwanese distributors' shelves - a move alleged to be taking place by local channel sources. The report, published by DigiTimes yesterday, alleges that 12,000-15,000 defective drives, produced in mainland China, …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2003
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Seagate re-armours small business storage

Seagate has introduced a line of network-attached, workstation and portable disk storage products with encrypted contents under its BlackArmor brand. These represent a follow-on from Seagate's BlackArmor full disk encryption portable dsk drive. First to be announced are two NAS or networked storage server products, with the 2- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2009
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PC superstore unhinged by Linux

For all you car aficionados out there, how's this for an operating system analogy from PC World? Installing Linux onto a laptop sold by the computer retail behemoth is like putting a Ford engine into a BMW, apparently. Earlier this week a mysterious PC World customer, known only by the name of Tikka, posted a story to Slashdot …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2007
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WD buys Fujitsu desktop HDD ops

Western Digital is buying up some of Fujitsu hard drive ops. It is taking on 1,100 Fujitsu employees based in Thailand and some of the production facilities. Terms are otherwise undisclosed, but considering the commitments, WD is taking on, the price will be low, low, low. In August, Fujitsu announced its intention to withdraw …
Drew Cullen, 28 Dec 2001

Enterprise storage ‘loses profits momentum’

It was a tougher than usual third quarter for the enterprise storage and switches vendors - and their resellers, channel consultancy Global Touch reports. But in a bad quarter some are doing better - or less badly - than others, according to Channel Tracker, the quarterly survey of resellers, disties, systems integrators etc. …
Drew Cullen, 07 Oct 2002
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Is Fujitsu spinning out of the hard drive business?

Fujitsu is thought to be planning to scale down its storage business after reports that it may sell its hard disk drive business to Western Digital for ¥70bn to ¥100bn ($662-945.5m). Fujitsu issued a statement today, saying: "There was an article in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper today regarding Fujitsu’s hard disk drive …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2008
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SanDisk con scribe needs a slap

SanDisk redefines 'megabyte' in capacity con The following kind words on how to improve the performance of Register reporter Tony Smith come courtesy of reader Larry Knibb. Subject: Tony Smith's little-eye on the world! Maybe you can slap some sense into Tony Smith as regards the "SanDisk in Redefining Megabyte Shocker …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 2001
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Start-up Pliant claims to have secret for speedier SSDs

Fledgling storage firm Pliant Technologies has thrown off its startup invisibility cloak, and claims it can greatly improve the performance of Flash-based solid state drives. Pliant said this week it received $8m in first round funding funding, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, to develop a "new class" of SSDs for big business …
Austin Modine, 21 Feb 2008
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Taiwan police seize suspect chips

Taiwan police raided the premises of Atop Electronics on 8 March, seizing 75,000 'suspect' AMD CPUs and 25,000 fake STMicroelectronics flash memory chips, local paper the Liberty Times reports, via Digitimes. The AMD CPUs are said to be worth TWD600m ($19.4m) and the ST chips worth TWD200m ($6.45m), the paper added, citing …
Drew Cullen, 10 Mar 2005
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Counterfeit optical disks hit the UK channel

E-net Distribution is warning UK resellers and end-users of the first emergence of a black market in counterfeit writable CDs and DVDs. The Edinburgh-based distie is warning dealers to look out for “seriously substandard products” with suspect packaging. Users should look for discs with “visible imperfections on the writing …
John Oates, 03 May 2005
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Atrato looks for cash to fill out sealed canister storage pitch

Xiotech may have talen the public perception lead in shipping drive arrays based on self-healing and sealed canisters of disk drives, but Atrato is shipping the same Seagate-derived technology into the video surveillance market. It launched its product, the Velocity 1000, last year, but its public profile is near stealth-mode …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2009
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eSys elopes with Samsung after Seagate spat

eSys has signed a global distribution deal to sell Samsung's entire range of hard drives after getting the elbow by former partner Seagate. eSys was Seagate's largest customer, counting for about 5 per cent of its revenue or around $600m a year, according to Seagate. But in a financial report last week, Seagate revealed it had …
Mark Ballard, 14 Nov 2006
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Net server soiree

Here's a hat-trick of network server releases from yesterday - with a trio of vendors vying for a place in the forecasted $16 billion market. Dell is pitching itself against Cisco with its first ever load balancing servers. There are three PowerApp.Big-IP models and these cost from $7,900 to $30,500. The machines are designed …
Linda Harrison, 19 Sep 2000

Will Seagate build a flash SSD foundry?

The ebullient Seagate CEO Bill Watkins has made it clear that Seagate thinks flash solid state drives (SSDs) are interesting and Seagate will sell them - but not yet. When Seagate does sell a Seagate-brand SSD how will it make it? Will there be a Seagate flash foundry? A customer buys a hard disk drive (HDD) array from an OEM or …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2008
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Western Digital intros 80GB hard drive

Western Digital has announced its 80GB, 7200rpm, EIDE hard drive at CeBit. The three platter WD CaviarT is currently being tested by OEMs and is expected to start shipping in April. Noise wise the CaviarT has tested registered 33dBA in Western's own labs. The WD Caviar 7200rpm family now includes 40, 60 and 80GB capacities …
Robert Blincoe, 22 Mar 2001
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Hardware Roundup The Gigabyte 8TX – and more…

Howdy pardners, time to check what's in the OK Corral today. Overclocker's Workbench takes a peek at the new Gigabyte 8TX - Pentium 4 mobo. Yes, you heard right, Pentium 4. How did they test it, you ask? Well, they didn't. What a swizz. But you can win a tube of Artic Silver Thermal Paste in a competition, so it's probably …
Andrew Thomas, 11 Sep 2000

Quantum sells Snap

Check out The Register's new Enterprise Storage Channel Quantum is following Maxtor out of the NAS business. It is selling its NAS division for $11.3m to a new company called Snap Appliance Inc., founded out of privately-held Broadband Storage and funded by venture capital. Quantum intended to spin off its NAS arm a year ago …
Bryan Betts, 15 Oct 2002