Seagate sells two billion hard drives; half that in the last four years

Seagate has been quite busy lately and they certainly have something to celebrate. The company announced last night that they have sold a total of two billion hard disk drives.

Seagate has been in business for a very long time, and they are the first company to reach such a milestone. What's even more impressive is that it took them 29 years to sell the first billion HDDs; it only took 4 years to sell the second billion. This increase in sales is testament to an ever expanding and all encompassing world of social media, cloud storage and server farms.

Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate said:

This is truly an impressive accomplishment and I am proud to lead this company as we celebrate this success. This achievement is a testament to the commitment of our employees whose relentless dedication and personal pride continue to be the fabric of this company.  

Of course 2 billion devices sold is definitely a heck of a number but if analysts' predictions come true it might not be too long until the company doubles that number. John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president, for hard drives and semiconductors said: “Mobile devices and the cloud are coming together to drive ongoing demand for hard disk drives, with shipments reaching more than 585 million units in 2013, and hard disk drive Terabyte shipments worldwide growing at a 30 percent 2012-2016 compound annual growth rate".

According to a different prediction by 2015 households are expected to store almost 20 times more data than they currently do. That is a very big increase but considering the always increasing affordability and availability of digital devices worldwide it may certainly end up happening.

Seagate also put together an interesting infographic/timeline of the celebratory event which you can view here.

Source: Seagate | Hard drive image via Shutterstock

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I don't really trust Seagate any more. I bought a 500 GB external, put all my files on it, and left it in a nice, safe, non-dusty secluded spot of my desk for a month. Next time I go to use it, oh hey! "Your device needs to be formatted to be used." Lots of internet searching and attempts to solve the issue, it still does that every other time I plug it into a computer.
This is why you save receipts, kids.

2 billion sold, 1 billion of those were refurbs that likely will fail in another yet so they can sell yet another 2 billion with half of those refurbs of the refurbs... its HDD inception!!!

I see those on Newegg all the time...just how do you refurbish a hard drive?

Blow the dust off of it and put it back up for sale I guess.

lomas said,
If i am not mistaken, Samsung HDDs are also produced by Seagate..

Unfortuantely there are no 'Samsung' HDDs left.. If they are available to buy then these are the stock leftovers. The whole HDD Samsung division was bought by Seagate. Pity...

When they've cut the Warranty for the HDDs to 1 Year only I've stopped buying Seagate, and switched to WD.
Unfortunately Samsung stopped producing HDDs so there are practically only two options left (maybe three - including Toshiba) : WD or Seagate.

PrEzi said,
When they've cut the Warranty for the HDDs to 1 Year only I've stopped buying Seagate, and switched to WD.
Unfortunately Samsung stopped producing HDDs so there are practically only two options left (maybe three - including Toshiba) : WD or Seagate.

Or move to Europe where within the EU every harddrive has a warranty of 2 years. Or here in Holland, harddrives have a warranty of 3 years.
By law, so no matter what the companies claim they have to abide.

I live in Europe, 2 years warranty is guaranteed, but only 1 year by hardware vendor in this case. Second one is given by the hardware reseller (at least it is so in Poland).

IMHO - this is a quite BAD PR for a HDD Manufacturer if they cut the Warranty length (look at us ! We are not confident enough in our Products!).

PrEzi said,
When they've cut the Warranty for the HDDs to 1 Year only I've stopped buying Seagate, and switched to WD.
Unfortunately Samsung stopped producing HDDs so there are practically only two options left (maybe three - including Toshiba) : WD or Seagate.

Samsung drives *shudders* I bought 4 of them once, out of the 4 3 of them failed in a month, replacements did the same thing......

lomas said,
Not to forget Hitachi belong to Western Digital

Most of Hitachi's HDD production was sold to Toshiba, so they can still be bought essentially the same with a different logo.

They could very well reach their next milestone quickly but if we see the price per GB of SSDs go down a lot and I can definitely see more and more servers making a transition to faster storage solutions. HDDs will be around for a long time yet though, at the moment ultra fast disk speeds aren't needed if you can hold your data in RAM.