Samsung Sells HDD Division To Seagate for $1.375 billion

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  1. SweX

    SweX Registered Member

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    Story and Press Release here:http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/19/samsung-sells-hdd-division-to-seagate-for-1-375-billion/

    I'm not sure if this is good or bad news :doubt:

    But I do know that Samsung made some high quality disks.
    Considering the one I got now is 8 years old and still spinning....
     
  2. monkeybutt

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    I too have about 3 Samsung disks, did not like them at first because the access was slower than Seagate but I've come to like them . They are like the turtle that won the race, slow and steady and have not died on me, but I have had to return 2 Seagates over a 10 year period.

    I think this has more to do with Seagate wanting access to a chip manufacturer than Samsungs :cautious: drive tech.
     
  3. Noob

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    I always considered Samsung HDD's very good and reliable.
    In fact i was planning to get one, now that this happened . . . Oh well :rolleyes:
    I'll look elsewhere (Staring at WD)
    All my HDD's been WD except for one, and none of them have failed me still. The oldest being a 40GB one back from 2003 still works like a charm.
     
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    /me looks @ his collection of dead Seagate drives and sobs miserably... :mad:

    (The other collection I have are IBMs DeathStars, ugh... o_O :blink: )
     
  5. SweX

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    I think that you can still find Samsung HDD here and there at least online, since this deal was just made.

    So hurry up and start shopping :thumb:
     
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    This leaves the market to Seagate and Western Digital. I can also attest to the reliability of Samsung's HDD drives, as I have one that is 7 years old and still spinning. However, I've had plenty of reliable Seagates too. With Seagate, it appears most of the problems are related to the Barracuda series. I've never had a Barracuda as I somehow always ended up with the server series HDDs (SV35, etc.) and they've all been good to me. :)
     
  7. TairikuOkami

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    Yes, since WD bought Hitachi as well, there are just 2 major players now, lets hope, that it will not result in higher prices or slower development due to lack of competition.
     
  8. SweX

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    When did WD buy Hitachi?

    Yes, only two big players now, we need someone more indeed. :(
    Too bad that Intel is focusing only on SSD development at the moment.
     
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    A month before Samsung (link), probably that is the reason, why Samsung "gave up" as well, since it would not stand a chance vs WD and Seagate.
     
  10. SweX

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    I see, that wasn't long ago.

    Yes Samsung would probably not have a chance against them. But it's a shame since I liked Samsungs HDD more than both WD and Seagates.
     
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    I seem to have heard last 2009 that Samsung allied with Toshiba for the hdd and DVD-RW drive manufacturing. I did not know what happened to that alliance with the hdd though but the DVD-RW drive manufacturing has pushed through. Now they sold to Seagate the hdd project. Seagate and Western Digital are the remaining major players. What happend to Fujitsu (which I think allied with TDK)..?

    I have 5 dead Seagate drives. Those 5 were RMA'd 3x until I gave up let it rot in their boxes. I prefer WD drives. Since 2007 not a single dead or malfunctioning drive here. Though RMA can be a tough act for WD(friend had to ship it to Thailand own dollar)...with Seagate RMA is no charge if it is still under warranty. Warranty was shortened to 3 years from 5. WD is 3 years also I think.
     
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    Bad in my opinion. Who would have thought 12 years ago we would be left with Seagate and WD? Given that option I will stick with WD. When SSD takes over I don't expect either of them to be a leader. The memory manufacturers have a big head start.
     
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    i think this is good news for Seagate and Seagate drives in the future; i havent had any problems with seagate drives, i have one in my laptop, my desktop and my external drive is also seagate and none of them have given me any problems, and the one WD drive that i decided to buy because of the positive reliability reviews that WD drives seem to get died on me in less than a year.
     
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    I thought LG was pretty big, and my HD and CD/DVD drive are both theirs. Is LG actually a division of (or maybe partly owned/controlled by) one of the bigger operations?
     
  15. SweX

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    o_O I didn't even know that LG had a HDD division :p

    When I hear the name LG I think about Panels, TV's and electronics in general.
     
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    i'm pretty certain they dont, although i know they rebrand other hdd's from toshiba, seagate and WD
     
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    yup this flat out sucks. seagate is one brand i refuse to carry at our shop. way to many failures. the newer sammy's were my fav drives especially the 500gb and 1tb f3 series i sold TONS of those and they are awesome drives...im not really a huge wd fan either to be honest but i would take them over seagate any day.
     
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    I am Not surprised at all, as these two (2) have been the major players. :cool:
     
  20. SweX

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    Yes and that's not good IMO. As it is with every market, competition is essential. And that's on the HDD market as well :thumbd:

    Though it's great that we got HUGE competition on the SSD market :thumb:
     
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    Agreed.
     
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