Seagate officially buys Samsung's hard drive division

Hard drive maker Seagate is now just a little bit bigger today. The company announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the hard drive division that was previously owned by Samsung. Seagate paid Samsung $1.4 billion for its hard drive division which includes both cash as well as Seagate stock.

This move means that Seagate will continue to produce hard drives previously under Samsung's leadership. That includes Samsung's M8 line of 2.5-inch hard drives. As part of the agreement, Seagate will be providing hard drives for a number of Samsung's products including PCs, notebooks and other devices. A number of Samsung's Korean-based hard drive executives, managers and team members have now become Seagate team members under the acquisition and will work to develop hard drives for the mobile computing business.

Another hard drive maker, Western Digital, announced plans in March 2011 to acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for $4.3 billion. Western Digital has yet to announce that the deal has officially closed. When and if that acquisition is final, there will only be three hard drive manufacturers in the entire world: Seagate, Western Digital and Toshiba.

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Sad day. All the competition be gobbled up. Then the remaining few collude to keep prices high and screw the customers. Just like oil, and media companies.

Shame as I haven't heard from Samsung if they were changing their warranty like wd and seagate. I was gonna buy samsungs because of it

Seems bad news to me, but let's hope that they keep Samsung's quality. I had a few Samsung drives over the last decade and none of them has ever had a single issue.

I have been using Samsungs HDDs exclusively last few years, very happy with them. Spinpoint F1 I think.
Surprised to hear anything bad about them as they usually top the charts among consumer hdds.

I've been pleased with WD and even Hitachi in recent years and have had great results with Seagate in the past.

That said, I am annoyed to say the least at recent developments surrounding the flooding and warranty changes. I can't wait until SSDs take over so WD and Seagate lose their position as the two giants that ruled the storage market.

Consolidation makes sense right now - spinning disks are entering their twilight years as Solid State drives begin to mature and gain wider adoption in the enterprise market.

This is one of those market sectors that the consumer market is a profitable afterthought, and the real money is in enterprise. Enterprise is moving away from platters to SSD - Amazon has already committed to replacing all HD's with SSD's in the very near timer, and that represents hundreds of thousands of drives, for just one large enterprise outfit.

Hitachi and Samsung are wise to dump the divisions while they can still get a good price. And WD and Seagate are wise to capture as much market share and squeeze profits for as long as they can.

The long tail of legacy support and profits from hard drives will last for the next decade or so, but it's a burning platform, and the industry knows it.

So I wonder what this will do to hdd prices, usually less competition means prices go up, that and the shortages. This should not be allowed even if their drives are bad...

Philippe Pepin said,
So I wonder what this will do to hdd prices, usually less competition means prices go up, that and the shortages. This should not be allowed even if their drives are bad...

ATM nothing but keep them high... WOnt show until end of next year early 2013

Thank god for that. Samsung drives are poooo. Always stuck to Seagate or WD. Every now and then I'd try a Samsung drive and it would die within the year.

Max™ said,
Thank god for that. Samsung drives are poooo. Always stuck to Seagate or WD. Every now and then I'd try a Samsung drive and it would die within the year.

More fool you Max!! You should know better.
Sadly, i've found the same thing (not for myself, luckily)

Never really had any problems with Samsung, nor Seagate drives. However, I have had several Hitachi drives fail on me. Hopefully Western Digital will transfer the quality from their hard drives to the Hitachi one if they acquire the company.

bgjerlow said,
Never really had any problems with Samsung, nor Seagate drives. However, I have had several Hitachi drives fail on me. Hopefully Western Digital will transfer the quality from their hard drives to the Hitachi one if they acquire the company.

You've been lucky. I've had a pile of Samsung and Seagate drives fail from my customers.
Hopefully WD just brushes Hitachi under a carpet, I can't say they're fantastic drives either...

bgjerlow said,
Never really had any problems with Samsung, nor Seagate drives. However, I have had several Hitachi drives fail on me. Hopefully Western Digital will transfer the quality from their hard drives to the Hitachi one if they acquire the company.

thats a scary thought. hope not. Never had a Hitachi actually fail on me yet. have one near 5 yrs old, no problems. another 7 years old no problems. Which surprised me being they came from IBM. Where I hit the 20 gb one from IBM and had glass everywhere. had no idea they were glass platters. turned 20 gb of data to dust in a second. certainly hasn't done squate for the prices. even with the flood

Hmmmm I think Samsung will still be making SSD's though, they probably see SSD's as the future for them and leave the HDD to the old giants

Silver47 said,
Hmmmm I think Samsung will still be making SSD's though, they probably see SSD's as the future for them and leave the HDD to the old giants

We're only talking HDD's, so far there's been no mergers in the SSD space... "yet"

oh well, I'll stick to WD enterprise drives,atleast for storage... Had to many Seagate disks die on me over the years. typically during powersurges

morphen said,
oh well, I'll stick to WD enterprise drives,atleast for storage... Had to many Seagate disks die on me over the years. typically during powersurges

I'm the oppostie, I've had no end of WD disks die on me over the years.
Whereas Seagate has been great (Not the Maxtor brand, they were ****)

morphen said,
oh well, I'll stick to WD enterprise drives,atleast for storage... Had to many Seagate disks die on me over the years. typically during powersurges

Totally agreed, WD has been rock solid, way ahead of Seagate.

morphen said,
oh well, I'll stick to WD enterprise drives,atleast for storage... Had to many Seagate disks die on me over the years. typically during powersurges

wd green are the worst of worst, and seagate is just slightly better.

Raa said,

Totally agreed, WD has been rock solid, way ahead of Seagate.

Unlike the two Western Digital drives I bought that were DOA out of the box . . . not even counting the others that died after a short period.

nekrosoft13 said,

wd green are the worst of worst, and seagate is just slightly better.


that isn't helping their brand thats true. the 640gb were just fine but go bigger than that, all crap. I only need green for storage. don't need a fast drive but those are crap. Blue so so. Black is supposedly the best, but brother had a 500gb laptop go out with pending sectors

Down to 3 HD makers, Wow, Anybody remember companies like Conner or Quantum? I had a bad experience with some Quantum Fireballs one time...

Prowler said,
Down to 3 HD makers, Wow, Anybody remember companies like Conner or Quantum? I had a bad experience with some Quantum Fireballs one time...

I remember both!
My first upgrade was a Quantum, it was DOA.
I returned it for a WD, and have never used anything since.

Prowler said,
Down to 3 HD makers, Wow, Anybody remember companies like Conner or Quantum? I had a bad experience with some Quantum Fireballs one time...
I've got 4 quantums! One scsi and 3 IDE... The IDE ones are classics, a boring 30GB drive, a 3GB one and a 1GB one with the jumper being tiny and on the top of the drive, both still fire up and run fine today with the access LEDs on the pcbs... Ah, gotta say I love the sounds of those drives, just something that makes you smile... Well, me anyway.

Prowler said,
Down to 3 HD makers, Wow, Anybody remember companies like Conner or Quantum? I had a bad experience with some Quantum Fireballs one time...

yeah still had the 120 mb quantum. actually think I still have one running somewhere else in an AT case. PSU sucks though..

Raa said,

I remember both!
My first upgrade was a Quantum, it was DOA.
I returned it for a WD, and have never used anything since.

You've never used anything since? WD made you swear off hard drives entirely?

Somehow seems unfair, haha. I'm running on a Samsung SSD, and now they're getting acquired by a company I've had nothing but poor experiences with. Meanwhile, Hitachi--the company responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of failed Macbook hard drives, is getting courted by WD, one of the few consistently good brands left.

Ah well.

Joshie said,
Somehow seems unfair, haha. I'm running on a Samsung SSD, and now they're getting acquired by a company I've had nothing but poor experiences with. Meanwhile, Hitachi--the company responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of failed Macbook hard drives, is getting courted by WD, one of the few consistently good brands left.

Ah well.

I've had better drives from Samsung and Hitachi than WD or Seagate. They all have their bad spells, but I've had nothing but good results from the first two.

Joshie said,
Somehow seems unfair, haha. I'm running on a Samsung SSD, and now they're getting acquired by a company I've had nothing but poor experiences with. Meanwhile, Hitachi--the company responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of failed Macbook hard drives, is getting courted by WD, one of the few consistently good brands left.

Ah well.

have had quite the opposite. had tons of failed used Seagates (refurbished) better luck with WD until this year. 3-4 bad drives in a row. WD is gonna ruin Hitachi. Hitachi's the only drive I haven't had fail on me. Went so far as to buy a 750 gb Hitachi laptop drive. That wasn't cheap... WD has problems with pending sectors everytime. Seagate it's reallocated sectors. And they are getting Samsung... Which should help the brand after getting the horrid Maxtor brand.

farmeunit said,

I've had better drives from Samsung and Hitachi than WD or Seagate. They all have their bad spells, but I've had nothing but good results from the first two.


And yet Hitachi owns the Deskstar brand, perhaps the most notoriously fail-prone family of harddrives in modern computing (and also the family responsible for one of the few times Apple let people out of warranty get replacement harddrives--the problems were that dramatically widespread).

Personal experience is all well and good, and anybody can find someone who had a wonderful history of using any particular product. What I'm talking about is simply a matter of rates. Hitachi's hardware has a history of shoddiness. I'll avoid.

farmeunit said,

I've had better drives from Samsung and Hitachi than WD or Seagate. They all have their bad spells, but I've had nothing but good results from the first two.


Funny how different experiences people have had. I've only ever had problems with Samsung drives...

Leonick said,

Funny how different experiences people have had. I've only ever had problems with Samsung drives...

Isn't it? And I've had a TON of WD drives fail. Some only months after purchase, but never had a problem with a Seagate drive...

Tekkerson said,
That's a shame, I love Hitachi and Samsung hard drives

You're joking, right?
They have to be the worst drives i've seen...

Weird, I bought the first terabyte on the market and it's still working very well and it's been about 3-4 years. Granted it was $400 when I got it, so must be a quality build...

Raa said,

You're joking, right?
They have to be the worst drives i've seen...

Samsung HD204UI drives..over a year in my raid array, going strong, not a single issue. a few thousand on newegg would also disagree with you

Raa said,

You're joking, right?
They have to be the worst drives i've seen...

Are you sure it wasn't because UPS was throwing your hard drive over the fence!?

Raa said,

You're joking, right?
They have to be the worst drives i've seen...

I hope you're talking about Samsung. Of the countless drives I've gone through over the last three years ~6 Samsung F1s, 5 green WDs, 6 Seagates, 9 Hitachis; I've had the least failure rate with Hitachi - only one.

Tekkerson said,
That's a shame, I love Hitachi and Samsung hard drives

Well Seagate acquiring samsung is probably a better choice than Hitachi. is to WD. Hitachi is finicky. Samsung brand new a bit better. I had grown to liking Hitachi after Toshiba bought out Fujitsu. Which is why i won't touch Toshiba. pretty much a bit FU to Fujitsu owners.. should be interesting with the warranty's.. With Hitachi.. well lets see , IBM let go of theirs it goes to Hitachi which made it better... now goes back to another older Company with a so so track record. eh bye bye Deskstar again.

Raa said,

You're joking, right?
They have to be the worst drives i've seen...

Indeed, well I wouldn't say they are the worst I've seen, they look like the rest , but they certainly are the worst I've used.

I've been using computers since 96, during this time I (and the rest of my family) have only had two drives with any kind of problem, both Samsung.
The first is a 3.5" 500GB harddrive I used to have in my computer, it started failing, at the point I replaced it was in such a state that Windows refused to install on it and Linux just wouldn't stop nagging me about it failing.
The other is a small 2.5" (could be 1.8") portable, this drive occasionally just stops working, windows see t disconnecting and it starts making weird noises, when it happens you just unplug it and plug it back in and it works but still...

Raa said,
You're joking, right?
They have to be the worst drives i've seen...
Samsung isn't that bad in my experience, though I still prefer Seagate.

Raa said,
You're joking, right?
They have to be the worst drives i've seen...

Over the year, Maxtor were the worst. Good thing Seagate took over the company and got rid of their technology.