Seagate slowly moving away from mobile hard drive business

Once upon a time, being able to buy a solid-state drive for a notebook was a highly expensive proposition. Today, most PC makers offer options for SSDs in laptops for both consumer and business models. There are also options for the solid-state hybrid drives, which combine a small SSD with a regular hard drive.

Now there's word that PC storage hardware manufactures are slowly discontinuing their hard drive businesses, at least for notebooks, in favor of SSDs. X-Bit Labs reports that Seagate will no longer make 7200rpm mobile 2.5 hard drives after the end of 2013. The company will continue to make 5400rpm hard drives for value priced notebooks.

Is this the beginning of the end for the old fashioned mechanical hard drive, with its plates that can store data? Yes and no. The truth is that there will be needs for such drives for a long time inside desktop PCs and servers, simply because hard drives are still a far cheaper proposition for those platforms, and they can still store far more data on their plates than SSDs.

For notebooks and hybrid PC devices that combine laptops with tablets, it will likely be a different story. SSDs offer better performance, along with more efficient battery life. The storage needs of a notebook owner have also historically been below that of a PC desktop or server user for the most part, with some exceptions such as PC gamers and enterprise customers.

Seagate's move to do away with 7200rpm hard drives made for notebooks will likely be the first of many such moves by other hard drive manufacturers in the next few years. Five years from now, we predict it will be hard to find a new notebook that doesn't have some kind of SSD inside.

Source: X-Bit Labs | Image via Seagate

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moloko said,
So what will happen with 2.5 external drives?
They specifically mentioned 7200RPM 2.5" drives will be discontinued, not all 2.5" drives. 5400 RPM drives will still exist for portable mass data storage.

there still lingering problem with SSD, limited (re-)write cycles, which doesn't happen with your classical magnetic plates.

well, isn't there why there TRIM to begin with?

I've never ever had any probs with Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor, or Quantum.
Awesome brands they are. Any of them I've owned for many many years and run like champs.
Does make more sense to just put SSDs in mobile devices though.

pes2013 said,
Dumb move. Until SSDs equal HDDs in capacity and more or less in price, HDDs will stay.

7200rpm hard drives are the performance drives, which are getting replaced with SSDs. SSDs are getting tinier. If you need mass storage in a laptop you can have a SSD for speed plus a 5400RPM 2.5" drive for mass storage. 5400RPM drives use less power.

Interesting. Looking at new laptops I've already had a heck of a time finding a computer with a 7200 hard drive... I thought there was some sort of shortage or something...

It's inevitable. I'd never buy a laptop without an SSD anymore. They can see it pretty clearly that there isn't much money left in performance 2.5" hard drives.

mrp04 said,
It's inevitable. I'd never buy a laptop without an SSD anymore. They can see it pretty clearly that there isn't much money left in performance 2.5" hard drives.

Actually I wouldn't. I would buy a laptop with with an easy removable hard drive and buy the SSD online and swap it out. Much cheaper than buying the SSD with the laptop.

warwagon said,

Actually I wouldn't. I would buy a laptop with with an easy removable hard drive and buy the SSD online and swap it out. Much cheaper than buying the SSD with the laptop.

Fine. I'd never USE a laptop without an SSD anymore. Or any computer.
My X230 tablet came with an HDD that I swapped out for an SSD that I already had.

Seagate sucks. They never test their products. They only wait for their customers to test them and have them fail on them.

Death to Suckgate.

ShareShiz said,
Seagate sucks. They never test their products. They only wait for their customers to test them and have them fail on them.

Death to Suckgate.

Odd. I've had the most success with Seagate... I can't think of a case where I ever had a problem with one actually. Now, WD on the other hand... lol

Seagate suck, also Maxtor, Western Digital, Quantum, Samsung, Hitachi and Samsung. I am tested a lot of brands and most are fine but from time to time, every company features a bad season or a specific model that we should avoid.

Brony said,
Seagate suck, also Maxtor, Western Digital, Quantum, Samsung, Hitachi and Samsung. I am tested a lot of brands and most are fine but from time to time, every company features a bad season or a specific model that we should avoid.

You really hate Samsung that much?

No. But I lost 1.5 TBs of pictures, movies and documents. My friend lost 2 TBs of movies. And my dad lost about 20 years of work pictures.

All seagates I have used, or I have seen other people use, failed within a month or 2.

All Western Digitals I have, or I have other people use, still work today.

What, no backup? Or were they Seagates as well?

A bit ignorant for you to say a company, such as Seagate, don't test their products. They've been in the HDD industry for along time, I think they would known a thing or two.

I would say you've been a little unfortunately with the string of issues you've experienced.

A segate drive hasn't failed on me... but a hitachi and a western digital one had, Toshiba harddrives are extremely good at the moment.

I've never had a seagate drive fail on me. My current laptop has two 500gb 7200rpm seagate drives and they're still working flawlessly. They're 2 years old and have about 11k hours on them. My old laptop also had 2 seagate drives (256gb 5400rpm) and they were still going strong 19k hours later too.

men would be bored by the same woman after seven years itch already, what a valentine a man would be if he's still upset because of pr0n from seven years ago.

I feel sorry for you that you got suckered into a Scamsung product; much better Android devices on the market, do your homework next time and don't listen to the sales guy.

ShareShiz said,
No. But I lost 1.5 TBs of pictures, movies and documents. My friend lost 2 TBs of movies. And my dad lost about 20 years of work pictures.

All seagates I have used, or I have seen other people use, failed within a month or 2.

All Western Digitals I have, or I have other people use, still work today.

Sheesh. Learn to backup your important data, people. ALL hard drives will fail eventually. ALL manufactures will produce duds.

Seagate was an odd company... I remember during the Maxtor Diamond Max 9 era, they were "untouchables"... as in don't buy... Then during the WD Raptor era, they started becoming more popular because they released the Cheetah (15k RPM drives)...

At this point, I don't know what to think of them.. Apparently Maxtor is now Seagate lol... What will the future hold for Seagate?

Hmm, actually from what you have enumerated only Seagate and WD still exists. And you forget Toshiba, wich also exist, even if they have some agreements with WD.