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OCZ shares jump as Seagate gobble speculation echoes

Reuters is reporting that flash products hustler OCZ may have received a buyout offer from Seagate and its shares are up a fifth. Reuters quotes an industry blog, Fudzilla, which ran a speculative story about the potential deal and said there was more than one suitor. Micron is identified as one such. OCZ has grown quickly and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
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Seagate: We'll bring down HAMR in 2014 ... this year, you get shingles

Seagate aims to ship enhanced capacity shingled magnetic recording (SMR) disk drives later this year and bring in Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) technology next year, a full two years earlier than supposed. Possibly this is its riposte to the helium gas attack mounted by WD subsidiary HGST. Shingled magnetic recording …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2013
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'Seagate's OCZ gobble was real, but went sour in CEO row'

Juicy scuttlebutt from storage insiders suggests the Seagate acquisition of OCZ fell through because the larger firm refused to give OCZ's CEO Ryan Petersen a seat on its board. According to our sources, this, in combination with flash NAND shortages at OCZ, led to Petersen's eventual resignation. Petersen founded and ran OCZ, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2012
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Seagate's latest GoFlex kit 'bolts into stores

Seagate rolled out its latest batch of external hard drives this week alongside a new Thunderbolt adaptor, bringing the high-speed connectivity tech to its entire GoFlex range. Four drives are available. The GoFlex Pro for Mac is the company's 500GB entry level model. Memory is doubled with the GoFlex Special Edition for Mac …
Caleb Cox, 26 Apr 2012
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Dash for Flash: Seagate in NAND cash splash

You can't even afford to blink in the flash storage business without something big happening. Now Seagate's gone and invested in DensBits, the start-up that aims to make cheap slow NAND perform as well as fast flash. There are three kinds of flash: single-level cell or SLC, with 1 bit per cell, which is fast and long-lived; 2- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2012
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Seagate mulls flogging precious drives at auction

At CES Seagate boss Steve Luczo said the company was considering running open market auctions of its disk drives to gauge spot prices and demand. Luczo was talking at an informal investor event attended by Stifel Nicolaus' Aaron Rakers, who wrote that Seagate could run the auction events itself or hire a third party to do it. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012
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Look behind you, WD: Seagate's turned up, and it has 3 biz drives

Seagate is playing catch-up in the enterprise space with its announcement of two new 3.5-inch drives for 24x7 operations and a new 2.5-inch Savvio drive optimised for performance and power-efficiency. The 3.5-inchers are Constellation drives, positioned as an enterprise value drive, the Constellation CS, and an enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2012
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Apple recalls 1TB Seagate HDDs

Apple is recalling a "very small number" of Seagate-made internal 1TB hard drives fitted in 21.5in and 27in iMacs sold earlier this year. The machines shipped between May and July. Some of the drives have failed, prompting the recall. Apple said it will replace the drives free of charge, though you'll have to take your machine …
Hard Reg, 25 Jul 2011
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Gobble gabblers: 'Seagate will put up $1 BEEELION for OCZ'

Reports that HHD Seagate is going to buy OCZ have been around for weeks, but now there's a price tag of a billion bucks being floated around. This comes after last week's rumours sent OCZ stock into overdrive, adding about $68m to the company's share value, according to Reuters. Seagate itself is worth $11bn. Seagate is one of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012
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Review: Seagate Wireless Plus Wi-Fi hard drive

In the week Apple finally released an iPad with a storage capacity greater than 64GB - double that; 128GB to be precise - Seagate made its Wireless Plus available. Of course, if Apple’s Flash mark-up wasn’t so colossal, or it had had the wit to either built a Micro SD port into its tablets or allow USB mass storage devices to …
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2013
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Seagate stocks sizeable storage hub for home entertainment

Seagate has unveiled its latest home entertainment hub, the GoFlex Cinema multimedia drive, a storage centre with a whopping 3TB storage. GoFlex Cinema multimedia drive Ports are in abundance, with HDMI and composite-video, RCA stereo audio, S/PDIF optical audio and a USB connection to turn it into a removable drive. There's …
Caleb Cox, 12 Oct 2011
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Seagate profits from Thai flooding

Seagate made huge profits of $1.1 billion on revenue of $4.4 billion in its third fiscal 2012 quarter, following a very successful second quarter. The company shipped a record 61 million hard disk drives in the quarter; a 29 per cent increase over the second quarter and 25 per cent higher than a year ago. It is still benefitting …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2012
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Seagate matches and raises WD disk warranty cuts

Seagate is cutting most Barracuda and Momentus warranty periods down to one year with others moving from five-year warranties to three. Following on from Western Digital cutting some of its warranty periods to two years, we learn that Seagate is going further. In a letter to its authorised distributors, dated 6 December 2011, …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2011

Disk demand after Thai floods drains away - unlike Seagate's coffers

Seagate may not have done as well as it had hoped to do in its latest quarter, which was down on the previous three months, but its $1bn earnings are still much, much better than a year ago. The disk drive dealer also defied industry speculation by failing to announce an OCZ acquisition. But it did say it could buy an SSD …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2012
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Seagate's Luczo: 'Expect a year of misery'

Seagate boss Steve Luczo reckons suppliers should brace themselves for 12 months of disk drive pain. Quoted in Bloomberg, Luczo says that the overall disk drive supply chain has been heavily impacted by the Thai floods with many smaller component suppliers down in the supply chain depths flooded out. He mentions 130 suppliers in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2011
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Seagate poised to swallow LaCie, haul fattened bod into channel

Spinning disk supremo Seagate has nailed down an agreement from Paris-based external drive products manufacturer LaCie to snap it up, and LaCie is up for it – though the trade union and regulatory stuff is still being worked out. If the transaction completes, Seagate will be able to round out its mainstream consumer storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2012
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Did a Seagate sales bloke just say 5TB drives are coming?

Has a Seagate Middle East sales guy just let slip that 5TB drives will be here in three months? He's identified on a video uploaded to YouTube as "Christian from Seagate", and his video interview has been mentioned on Twitter. The Tbreak video, below, records an interview at GITEX '11, a technology event in Dubai. Seagate has …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2011
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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

Toshiba, the newest third 3.5-inch disk drive manufacturer, has announced a 5TB drive, beating other suppliers except HGST. HGST has gone 1TB better with its 6TB helium-filled Ultrastar product but Toshiba is the first manufacturer, we believe, to introduce a 5TB air-filled drive. We're expecting 5TB drives from Seagate this …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014
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Flash stalks Seagate's hybrid drives

Is Seagate in denial over Ultrabook solid-state storage and the rising capacities of flash drives? In an interview with magazine Barron's at CES 2012, Scott Horn, Seagate's chief marketing officer, said that many people overrate flash. He added that hybrid drives, which use a mix of flash cache and spinning disk, will be popular …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012
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Thai floods float Seagate to top of hard drive biz

Last year's severe flooding in Thailand may have been human and economic disaster, but if every cloud has a silver lining, that silver has slipped into the pockets of Seagate as it retook the top sales spot among hard drive businesses, unseating Western Digital. "Seagate owes its return to market leadership to a fortuitous …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Feb 2012

Seagate strikes trillion bit HAMR blow

Seagate has demonstrated heat-assisted magnetic recording technology with 1 trillion bits per square inch, a 30 per cent improvement in Toshiba's production record of 744Gbit/in2 with its MQ01ABD drive – a 2.5-inch, 5400rpm, SATA II drive. Seagate's highest production areal density is thought to be the 3TB Barracuda, a 3-platter …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Seagate: Our tech will be BETTER than WD's helium-filled hardness

We've had WD showing off the flash-disk mutants on its road map to the investment analysts, boasting of its upcoming helium-filled drives - where did they come from? - and 5mm ultra-thin drives. Now Seagate has followed suit and said it will get there first, wherever it is. Seagate and WD are the squabbling sisters of the hard …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2012
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Seagate intros Wi-Fi hard drive for iKit

Seagate has taken the wraps off a wireless hard drive designed as additional storage for iPhones and iPads. To that end the GoFlex Satellite line - 500GB only, so far - has on board 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi and a rechargeable battery. Download the app Seagate has posted for iOS devices, and 'Pads, 'Pods and 'Phones can access …
Tony Smith, 16 May 2011
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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

The folks at backup-as-a-service outfit Backblaze have again done something astounding: they've not only looked at log files but analysed them, this time to figure out which vendor's disk drives offer the longest working life. There's a scary-looking histogram in BackBlaze's post detailing the results that shows Seagate drives …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014
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Thai floods threaten Seagate hard drive supply chain

Seagate is assessing the potential impact of flooding in Thailand on the production of hard disks that forced arch rival WD to temporarily halt manufacturing this week. Severe flooding has reportedly killed at least 280 people, inundated homes, disrupted transport links and caused chaos at utilities close to WD's facility, which …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2011
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Floods? What floods? Seagate to open new Thai disk fab

Despite the devastating and deadly floods in Thailand, Seagate will spend $30m (£19.1m) to finish building a new disk read-write head plant in the south-east Asian nation. The 29,800m2 plant will be in Nakhon Ratchasima province in the country's north east. This region has been hit twice by severe flooding, once in October 2010 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

Seagate sub LaCie has revved its Fuel Wi-Fi external storage capacity from 1 to 2TB and claims it's the highest capacity wireless 2.5-inch drive on the market. It can provide a Wi-Fi accessed storage resource for iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch, Macs, Android mobile devices (v2.3 or later), the Kindle Fire, and Windows 8, 7, and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014
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Seagate sucks up Samsung storage biz

Seagate is taking over Samsung's hard disk operation, in a deal that will give the Korean giant almost 10 per cent of the erstwhile storage market leader. The deal had been expected, with Seagate CEO Stepehn Luczo having already cleared his calendar for a mysterious three-month sojourn in the Far East. The combined business …
Joe Fay, 19 Apr 2011
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Seagate ships slim slab of storage

Seagate has launched a 320GB slim slab of disk storage which will cost content rich but space poor users a measly £80. The GoFlex Slim uses the single platter, 2.5-inch, 7,200rpm, Momentus Thin disk drive, launched in January, and comes with a USB 3.0 interface, nominally 10 times faster than the generic USB 2.0 currently …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2011

Seagate sucks hard disk biz from Samsung

It's done: Seagate has completed the transaction to acquire Samsung's hard disk drive business. Now it has to do the grunt work of integrating the two product lines. Seagate has gained Samsung’s Spinpoint MP4 and M8 line of 2.5in HDDs and a boffinry centre in South Korea. Samsung employees joining Seagate include a number of …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2011
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Seagate to buy Samsung's disk drive biz?

Seagate may buy Samsung's hard disk drive business, according to the Wall Street Journal. Samsung wants as much as $1.5bn for the loss-making unit but may take less than $1bn. We understand Seagate chairman and CEO Stephen Luczo is spending up to three months in the Far East, convenient for talking to Korea-based Samsung. With …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2011
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What's the first Kinetic Ethernet hard drive? Psst, it's the 4TB Terascale

The first direct-access-over-Ethernet Kinetic hard drive is a modified 4TB Seagate Terascale. The Terascale is a nearline 3.5in disk spinning at 5,900RPM. It swaps the SATA or SAS interface connections for two 1Gbps SGMII Ethernet ports to directly attach to the network. The drives repurpose the standard SAS HDD connector. A …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2013
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Seagate adding flash embulgement to Thins

Seagate is thinking of fattening up its single platter Momentus Thin drive with flash, making a Hybrid Thin. Momentus drives are 2-platter 2.5-inch drives for notebook computers and the like. They spin at 5,400 or 7,200rpm and store up to 750GB of data. The Momentus XT is one of these with 500GB capacity plus a 4GB fillip of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2011
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Toshiba twirls its HAMR, ponders whether to smash spinning rust

Toshiba shipped 22.7 million disk drives in the last calendar 2013, with numbers bulked up by its acquisition of HGST assets in 2012. But where is it going with its disk tech? WD shipped 63.1 million spinning rust platters in the same period and Seagate managed 53.8 million. Tosh's drive type number splits were:- Enterprise ( …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2014
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Seagate DeLorean: World's priciest hard drive?

Spin up this Flash Rods model DeLorean stainless steel hard drive car and go back to the future with MBs costing seven times more than they need to. The 1:18 scale model is a glorious rendition of John DeLorean's DMC-12 auto-dream re-envisioned as the Back To The Future car with its Flux Capacitor. It comes with "with 50's style …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2010
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Seagate pulls out the biggest hard one in the industry

Hot on the heels of Hitachi's terabyte platter drives comes Seagate's 4TB GoFlex Desk external drive, a terabyte fatter than the previous version. It is the highest capacity hard drive in the industry and is a 3.5-inch SATA unit, spinning at 7,200rpm. Seagate is carefully not saying how many platters there are inside it. Has it …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2011
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Flood-hit WD takes half-billion kidney punch from Seagate

Beset by Thai floods, WD has just been hit by an amazing arbitration court decision which means it has to pay Seagate $525m - if the decision survives appeal. The decision was made by a single arbitrator in a pending confidential arbitration case in Minnesota, which was instituted by Seagate against Western Digital and a former …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2011
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Seagate's terabyte platters make it the densest of the lot

It's done it; Seagate has achieved a 625Gbit/in2 areal density enabling it to produce 3TB Barracuda drives on just three platters instead of the current five. It says it is on track for the channel to receive product around the middle of the year with 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB capacity points. These are 3.5-inch form factor …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2011

Seagate, WD need to get a firm grip on solid disks

STEC is touting its great CellCare flash endurance, and it is great, reinforcing a view that it and OCZ make natural flash market buy-in points for Seagate and Western Digital. Whoa, hang on a minute, where did that idea come from? Let's start from the point that the key future flash technology is the ability to lengthen the …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2012
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Seagate profits slip after price fight retreat

Seagate shipped more drives in its latest quarter but earned less profit as it took rare earth cost increases on board and walked away from price competition. Amazingly it could overtake Western Digital next quarter though. It reported fiscal 2012 Q1 revenues of $2.8bn (£1.75bn), more than the year-ago quarter's $2.7bn (£1.69bn …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2011
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Seagate embiggens hybrid drive, won't say how...

Seagate has speeded up its Momentus XT flash/disk hybrid, making it nearly 70 per cent faster than the existing model. The Momentus XT, a 2.5-inch, solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), had a 4GB NAND cache and Adaptive Memory technology to track often-used files and move them into flash, thus facilitating faster O/S boot and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2011
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Seagate ships slim, fast Pulsar XT SSD

Seagate is shipping its Pulsar XT.2 SSD with an SPC-1C benchmark rating, and has a second slower but higher capacity SSD coming soon. The 2.5-inch Pulsar XT.2 is available in up to 400GB capacities, has a 6Gbit/s SAS interface, and is built from fast single-level–cell flash. Seagate submitted the drive to the SPC benchmark …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2011
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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors. I'm thinking of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014
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Scality slips its Ring around Kinetic drives

Scality is developing its RING object storage system to use Seagate’s Kinetic drives. These drives implement an on-board key/value store and are directly accessed over Ethernet using Get and Put requests. Each drive has two 1Gbit/s Ethernet ports. Scality’s RING storage uses scale-out nodes that can grow to multi-petabyte …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014
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Hitachi GST enters itty-bitty server disk fray against Seagate

Hitachi GST has announced a 900GB small form-factor drive, thus catching up with Seagate's Savvio. The Ultrastar C10K900 is a 3-platter, 2.5-inch enterprise-grade 6Gbit/s SAS drive that spins at 10,000rpm and holds 0.9TB of data - 300GB more than the C10K600. Hitachi says average seek times are as low as 3.8ms, and has a "random …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011
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Seagate triples up heads/platter ratio

In a final attempt to break out of the I/O density gap crippling hard disk drive I/O, Seagate is introducing drives with three heads per platter that will dramatically cut latency and seek times. Chairman and CEO Stephen Luczo said: "Latency and seek time delays are the open door through which flash drives are pouring in to …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2011
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Seagate's flash-disk hybrid crosses the chasm

A million units of Seagate's flash-disk hybrid drive, the Momentus XT, have shipped inside notebook computers, firmly establishing the viability of the format. The drive is a 2.5-inch, 7,200 rpm spinning disk 500GB Momentus drive, with 4GB of flash read cache inside the drive enclosure. Active files can be loaded into the flash …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2011
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Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world

All change on the Barracuda front: despite the disastrous floods in Thailand, Seagate will ship its terabyte-per-platter Barracuda desktop drives this month. At the same time it's phasing out its slower rotating Barracuda Green drives and says it will transition the Barracuda XT to hybrid flash and hard disk technology. Back in …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2011
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Seagate ends talks to go private

Seagate has ended discussions with interested parties about going private. The discussions failed to agree on how much the firm was worth with the private equity buyer – understood to be TGP Capital – placing a lower value on Seagate shares than Seagate's board. But the world's largest hard drive maker did have some good news …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2010
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Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500GB wireless hard drive

Tablets being generally pricey, buyers tend to opt for the least expensive, lower capacity models. It has to be said, 16GB isn't a paucity, especially if you're happy juggling files back and forth. Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless hard drive The GoFlex doesn't just connect wirelessly, but also by USB and - optionally - eSata …
Tony Smith, 07 Sep 2011