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Windows 7: Why we'll see even more disk drive choice

05 Jun 2013   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Why we'll see even more disk drive choice

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It's a paradox: we are down to 2 1/2 disk drive companies, but seeing more innovative disk drives then we have in years. Thin drives; hybrid drives; helium filled drives. Why?

Second source. For decades OEM buyers insisted on a second source for every product. This forced vendors to offer cookie-cutter products.

But now that disk drive manufacturing has been reduced to Seagate, Western Digital and Toshiba, what is the point of having a second source? PC vendors just have to trust that they'll have enough drives - and if they don't, well, too bad.

Thank the 2011 Thai floods for that new-found realism.
Read more at: Why we'll see even more disk drive choice | ZDNet

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05 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Amazing. A good oligopoly.
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05 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

In my opinion hard drive manufacturers have just a few more years. Their is only so much they can do with a mechanical drive. SSD pricing and size will run them out of the hard drive business up to about a TB. I get this opinion because SSD prices are going down and size is growing larger. Hard drive manufactures will still have a market for very large storage drives for many years to come.
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05 Jun 2013   #4

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

yeah, hard drive manufacturers are hard-pressed to not be put out of businness by SSD, so it's normal that they pull any trick they can asap.
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05 Jun 2013   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Consumers like us are not the only market for HDD manufacturers. Larger commercial servers will still need large numbers of large capacity HDDs. It's going to be a long time before SSDs will be able to overcome the limited write cycles that aren't as much of a problem for HDDs not to mention cracking the cost effective size barrier (1-4TB for example). Just look at how much a 512GB SSD costs compared to a somewhat equivalent spinner. For storage only, the speed of an SSD just isn't all that necessary; certainly not enough to justify the price hit.
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05 Jun 2013   #6

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

R&D is slow. Any action is planned multiple years in advance of a forecasted event.

Although you have a point on write cycles. Capacity is relatively easy to increase, but write-cycles are going to keep them from being employed in servers for a longish time even after they took over single-handedly the consumer market.
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05 Jun 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't think the man has done proper research. Naming just 3 manufacturers is not correct. With a 5 minute check I found those 9 - and I am sure there are more.

WD
Iomega
HGST
LaCie
Hitachi
ADATA
Fantom
Seagate
Toshiba
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05 Jun 2013   #8

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

I think the guy talked about the companies that actually manufacture the drives, a lot of companies just sub-contract them to do stuff for them and just attach a sticker with their brand.
For PSUs and flash chips is the same, a ton of companies, a handfew of actual manufacturers.

But I admit I'm not a lot in the HDD businness...
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05 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I don't think the man has done proper research. Naming just 3 manufacturers is not correct. With a 5 minute check I found those 9 - and I am sure there are more.

WD
Iomega
HGST
LaCie
Hitachi
ADATA
Fantom
Seagate
Toshiba
WD: In original list
Iomega: does not sell internal drives
HGST: Part of Western Digital
LaCie: does not sell internal drives
Hitachi: as far as I can tell they do make their own drives. along with millions of other things
ADATA: does not sell internal drives
Fantom: does not sell internal drives
Seagate: In original list
Toshiba: In original list

So maybe only hitachi was not in the original list. Not really that noteworthy.
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06 Jun 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

Well, I'll be using big mechanical drives for many years to come, because I refuse
categorically to store anything in the cloud.

I'd be buying them up if there was a danger they'd go out of use/production.


Wenda.
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