Seagate ships 1.5 billionth drive, celebrates with giveaway

By on November 10, 2010, 6:32 PM
Seagate's been pretty dang busy lately, duking it out with Western Digital for the title of top HDD manufacturer. So busy in fact, that the company nearly forgot to celebrate its 1.5 billionth drive sold! The milestone was reached on October 20, only 2.5 years after Seagate cracked the 1 billion mark in April 2008. Selling 500 million hard drives in 2.5 years is quite the accomplishment, considering the fact that it took 29 years to ship its first billion.

Seagate said that its first billion drives equated to 79 million terabytes, enough space to store 158 billion hours of digital video or 1.2 trillion hours of music. With an extra 500 million units under its belt, those figures have ballooned to approximately 118.5 million terabytes, enough for 237 billion hours of digital video or 1.8 trillion hours of music. At its current sales rate, the company expects to move its 2-billionth drive within the next 2 years.


To celebrate its achievement, the company is giving away one 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable external hard drive to three winners. To enter, post a comment on Seagate's blog post by 5PM PT, November 15. Alternatively, you can snail mail your name, address and contact information to: Seagate 1.5 Billion Shipped Blog Sweepstakes c/o Corp. Communications, 920 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. Names will be drawn on November 19.




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mccartercar said:

Just 3 eh?

Well I'll take one I suppose.

Will they give away one more when they hit 2 billion?

Nima304 said:

I'd like to enter. Put me on the list.

And of course, I love the fact that Seagate is still going strong. Fierce competition like this only brings cheaper products for us, the consumers.

dadodgeson said:

1.5 TB i could use a back up for everything and then some

TJCarey said:

Congratulations Seagate, I just got a 500GB Seagate for my HTPC.

kmerrikh said:

Just bought a new computer. I could use a quality 1.5TB back up drive.

davimous said:

My girlfriend just bought one two days ago. It might break her heart if I win one :P

DokkRokken said:

Sure, I could always use another Seagate to buy more cr&p and watch porn. That's what they're for.

Hofnar42 said:

Seagate 80Gig External Drive

I am very satisfied with your product,as well as the price.

Thank You, Vernon Ferguson

lchu12 lchu12 said:

I can always use free stuff!

lmanlo said:

That's cool been looking for a new hard drive but haven't found one with a good price.

turbotank84 said:

I would like to have one.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

I'm in, always need more storage.

Zedster said:

Yes please - one of those thanks!

I wonder how long it would take to donwload "158 billion hours of digital video". You would probably get to 98% and the internet connection would timeout. Argghh!

Jetatt23 said:

Put me on the list for one of those, I think it might be time to try a portable hard drive now.

That's a remarkable feat though, 500 million in 2.5 years versus 1billion in 29 years. At this rate, they'll be shipping billions of hard drives a minute in the future :-P

Recycle said:

I'm in, and congrats to Seagate!

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

Whoo hoo! Time to upgrade my 160gb external! Please sign me up for this TS!

mtrenal said:

I would love a 1.5 TB external hardrive.

Please sign me up.

lesuelrs said:

hook a brother up.

tacobfm said:

Definnetly could use this count me in

zm15 said:

Count me in!

M1r said:

Give up guys, it's already mine.

xcelofjkl said:

Is this open to international residents, I suggest that it should be since 1.5 billion shipments included alot from selling and shipping outside the US.

If thats the case, count me in!

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Guys, to enter you have to post here: [link]

I've made the hyperlink more evident in the story above. Again, to be clear: this is not TechSpot's giveaway, it's Seagate's.

IAMTHESTIG said:

This thing is a floppy drive compared to my storage array. No way its going to backup all my data. However it could be useful for my parents who need a way to backup all their digital photos.

zogo said:

It's not fair

This is not international

Maybe I'll stop buying Seagate products from now on!

Kiddin' :P

white2010 said:

I like seagate but now I use wester product because of seagate failure in 7200., more fail , but I hope seagate now fix it , so I will consider to buy new hard disk from seagate

omega00 said:

Great accomplishment for Seagate. Now, I wish they would start pumping out SSDs and just set aside hybrid drives for now. In turn, hopefully, SSD prices will fall to attractive levels for the average consumer.

vangrat said:

1.5 TB! No one could ever possibly need that much memory...

fritz123 said:

external hdds are getting popular more than ever. since most users want to bring their content where ever they go. thumb drives are sometimes insufficient for people. external hdds are becoming smaller but comes with larger storage space. progress!

DSparil said:

wow...

In order for Seagate to give away something (3 fricking hard drives) as thanks, they have to sell 1.5 billion hard drives first.

If you borrow money from Seagate, they'd fly in people on first class just to break your legs.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I love a good giveaway, but this is unfortunately limited to North Americans.

UT66 said:

i need more space to store my art!

http://pablodelasota.blogspot.com/

UT66 said:

UT66 said:

i need more space to store my art!

http://pablodelasota.blogspot.com/

"OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 48 CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES"

the fck...

ryan29121 said:

Seems a little insignificant giving away 3 hard drives for this big of an event for them. Whatever I guess.

Decimae said:

It's more insignificant that it it's only open to US residents. I think that should be mentioned on Techspot.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Uh, I love giveaways

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That is certainly a ton of hard drives. Now if only they could aggregate the type of data stored on those drives and publish the information. That would be interesting.

Ivangela said:

LOL...posting here won't help your chances of winning a drive...gotta post on SEAGATE's website!

jazboy said:

1.5 TB space..Its definitely huge space. I am in to win this.

Se7enVII said:

Thanks for the tip. Posted on their blog hope I win! Also pretty crazy how many drives are being sold these days!

raventrickster said:

That is a truly impressive feat to ship that many drives in that little time. It makes me wonder what the numbers are for some of the other major players. As things stand that means that Seagate has now shipped approximately 1 drive for every 4 and a half people on the planet, that's pretty damned impressive.

Puiu Puiu said:

I'm more of an Western Digital guy. But It's not like i hate the other manufacturers. cheers for seagate.

Renrew Renrew said:

I'd like to win one for the Gipper.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Take this drive and shove it......

OK, 3 Hard drives against 1.5 billion sold is unbelievably shabby. The odds of winning are so infinitesimal, it's not worth the personal information you have to give up to enter. I switched to the WD "Caviar Black" drives a while ago, this just makes me want to buy more of them.

I think I know how they could have topped this prize. Why not send the, "lucky winner", on a no expenses paid trip to China, to work in a Seagate factory for a day.

sMILEY4ever said:

My seagate still has no bads and it's 2-3 years old. Congrats Seagate!

viperpfl said:

captaincranky said:

OK, 3 Hard drives against 1.5 billion sold is unbelievably shabby. The odds of winning are so infinitesimal, it's not worth the personal information you have to give up to enter. I switched to the WD "Caviar Black" drives a while ago, this just makes me want to buy more of them.

I think I know how they could have topped this prize. Why not send the, "lucky winner", on a no expenses paid trip to China, to work in a Seagate factory for a day.

All I had to do was put down my name and email address to write a post, didn't even use my last name. If you win, the only info you will be giving is your address, so they can send you the hard drive. I do agree that the chances of winning will be high but that's with anything you try to win.

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