Seagate celebrates milestone: First to ship two billion hard drives

By Shawn Knight ยท 18 replies
Mar 12, 2013
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  1. Seagate is celebrating a milestone today as they claim to be the first hard drive manufacturer to ship two billion units worldwide. Perhaps more impressive, however, is the fact that it took 29 years to sell the first billion and...

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  2. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I remember times when I carried around a box of ten, 1.44mb diskettes... that was massive!
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    My very first PC (Apple IIe) sported two 360KB floppy drives. One for the operating system and one for storage. It was mega.
  4. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    My first computer, a Pentium 166mhz mmxm had a 2.1gb hdd.
    I can only install/play one game red alert or Caesar 3. :)
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  5. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    Is it just me or did the quality of drives drop quite dramatically. It used to be that warranty for a drive was between 3 to 5 years but now Seagate has only a year and A LOT of failures.

    P.S. WD seems to also have a quality issue or perhaps Newegg because 4 out of 4 WD 1TB blacks that I ordered were DOA. (Ordered one, DOA, got a RMA, the RMA also had failed sectors so another RMA, which also had failed sectors, so finally tried another and that one also failed -- then I got a refund...).

  6. Seagate had 1-2 iterations of drives that had abnormally high failure rates, the 7200.10 (biggest one) and 7200.11.
    The warranty is 2 years if your register with them. I've been running seagate for a long time as have had several of my friends. We all run with WD as well and frankly both brands have been doing fine at least for me. We all slipped the 7200.10 and 7200.11 though.

    Both companies have bad batches that slip past QC and DOA drives are pretty random, guess you had bad luck :p
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    First to sell 2 billion garbage hard drives lol. All the seagates I have used have failed within days. WD is the best for hard drives in my opinion.
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  8. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Had 2 Seagate drive sand after 5 years I still have them working fine. The Samsung and Hitachi drives broke within 1 year (well Samsung one is dying slowly). RMA with Hitachi... HDD got lost.

    Next purchase either Seagate or WD.
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  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah, it is different with everybody, I just personally dont trust them, but you do(y) . That is why we cant have monopolies haha.
  10. SantistaUSA

    SantistaUSA TS Booster Posts: 94   +22

    Good old times, my first computer was a Pentium 200Mhz with a 2.1Gb HD as well, bring back good memories! :)
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  11. Carleton Wu

    Carleton Wu TS Rookie Posts: 19

    They must be including all the warranty replacements. I have even had warranty replacements of the warranty replacements fail. After a while, it's like, "what's the point of a warranty?" Seagate... never again!
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    These are used in Dell's, from at least five years ago until today. That'd help boost numbers too.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Ah really. I never knew what they used lol
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Drive manufacturers just put out bad drives occationally. IBM released the 'Deathstar' (Deskstar) drives about 10-12 years ago that had an incredibly high failure rate. Whoever had the 1.5TB drives out early had really high failures too, supposedly it was fixed with a firmware update, but I updated mine and it still died. (I have a lot of drives, keeping track of which ones I've RMA'd over the years is tough)
  15. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    It's easy to sell 2 billion HDD when 1 billion of them failed in the first year and you have to go pick up another one. I wonder how many refurbs they handle if they are shipping 2 billion drives?
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  16. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 155   +27

    Same here but I had a custom PCI SCSI controller with a 4 GB IBM 7200 RPM HDD, which was quite expensive at that time.
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    The first computer with a hard drive I used was a Macintosh SE/30. It had a 20 Meg (yes Meg) hard drive and 1 Meg of RAM. It was my dad's when the military sent him back to school for a graduate degree. The first computer I bought for myself with my money had an 8 GB Quantum Bigfoot drive. 5.25" rather than 3.5", also really loud, that computer also had 48 Megs of RAM.
  18. Scumbag Seagate still doesn't standardize their S.M.A.R.T. data to match other hard drives
  19. Dell uses more of WD hard drives in their business computer lines. That alone may tell you something right there.

    I open at least 10 new Optiplex/Precisions a month.

    I personally do NOT trust Seagate hard drives whatsoever. I actually preferred Samsung hard drives for data storage(before seagate bought the samsung hard drive division) and WD for all other.

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