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Seagate Technology, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hard disk drives, plans to cease production of mobile hard drives with 7200rpm spindle speed late this year as the mainstream market demand will shift to different products, such as solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs). The company will continue to offer 5400rpm HDDs for value notebooks.

“We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013,” said David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology, during a conversation with X-bit labs.

Mobile hard disk drives with 7200rpm spindle speed offer a bit higher performance compared to hard drives with 5400rpm, but are still dramatically slower than various solid-state hybrid drives or solid-state drives (SSDs). As a result, those, who need maximum performance and cares about battery life, have been choosing notebooks with SSDs for years now, whereas those who required capacity, performance and moderate price do not really care about actual performance.

With the introduction of third-generation solid-state hybrid drives later this year, Seagate will position them for performance and capacity demanding end-users. To further stimulate customers to utilize SSHDs, the company will cease building hard drives with 7200rpm spindle-speed in 2.5” form-factor.

Even though Seagate will stop manufacturing 7200rpm mobile HDDs late this year, they will unlikely leave the market any time soon as there will be a lot of units stocked to fulfill demand from various customers.

Tags: Seagate, HDD, SSHD, Savvio, Momentus


Comments currently: 6
Discussion started: 02/28/13 10:07:52 PM
Latest comment: 03/05/13 06:30:22 AM
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So does this also mean that they are going to stop production on mobile Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid 7200rpm hard drives too?
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/28/13 10:07:52 PM]
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Why nobody nowadays bother to read carefully the articles anymore...
SC, read again, they will stop making normal HDD, because they want to promote their hybrid solutions. Which are quite good btw, but to damn expensive tbh...
0 2 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 02/28/13 11:02:13 PM]
Seagate wants to promote its hybrid solution because it still allows capital return for its magnetic disk assets whilst increasing performance without cannibalising its business.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/01/13 04:13:38 AM]

Spinning drives will become more and more obsolete, as prices for SSDs come down. Its obvious. My first hard drive cost $3000 for ONE GB.
0 0 [Posted by: beck2448  | Date: 03/01/13 09:43:43 AM]

Seagate may eventually move to non-disclosure of rotational speed. Seagate already sells the same item number with different rpm drives. Should Seagate be allowed to change the rotational speed of the hard drive and not change the product's item number? Seagate's STCA4000100 is a 3.5", 4TB, external drive. But inside is either a 7200 rpm or 5900 rpm drive. Seagate's choice. Both sold as the same item, STCA4000100. If the rpm of a drive was ruled a material specificaion of what was being sold, then Seagate may already be in violation of contract law. Some may remember when Cadillac was successfully sued after substituting Oldmobile engines in product sold as Cadillacs. At least the Oldmobile engine substituted in Cadillacs had the same specificiation. Not the case when a 5900 rpm hard drive is substituted for a 7200 rpm drive. A good call action lawyer would have a heyday.
0 0 [Posted by: iq100  | Date: 03/02/13 05:03:23 AM]

OK, so future Momentus XT drives will be 5400RPM instead of the current 7200RPM with some NAND flash?
I doubt that, it's their performance drive. Until they stick a lot more cache on there that can also buffer writes, 7200RPM is needed to maintain decent performance in all situations.
0 0 [Posted by: danwat1234  | Date: 03/05/13 06:30:22 AM]


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