Seagate streamlines hard drive line-up; offers 1 TB platters

Yes, the hard drive industry is literally under water at the moment thanks to many production faculties in Thailand that are being affected by the country's massive flooding, but these problems are apparently not enough to keep Seagate from making some changes to its hard drive line-up. The company revealed today that it plans to not only streamline its Barracuda hard drive line-up but will also introduce 1 TB platters into a new 3 TB hard drive.

The changes will affect the Barracuda Green family of drives. Seagate says that it will discontinue that product line in February 2012 as its new Barracuda drives will be nearly as energy efficient as the Green drives. In addition the Barracuda XT product line will re-launch later and will become Seagate's solid state hybrid drive.

These changes couldn't have come at a better time for Seagate as hard drive prices continue to go up as a result of the Thailand-based supply disruption. Streamlining its product line ups will help the company cut costs while at the same time allow consumers to have just one line of hard drives to pick from.

It remains to be seen how long the hard drive production crisis will continue. A new Reuters report claims that some Thailand production facilities could reopen by December. Until then hard drive prices, and new PC prices in general, are likely to keep rising.

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I prefer WD hard drive, I've had too many problems with Seagate.... It may be a string of bad luck but I don't have any problems with my WD.

TruckWEB said,
I prefer WD hard drive, I've had too many problems with Seagate.... It may be a string of bad luck but I don't have any problems with my WD.

+1, at work we had a mixture of 50 Seagate drives from different batches and varieties (1TB, 1.5TB & 2TB), over the last 18 months 32 of them have failed from the click of death. I realise no HDD manufacturer is perfect but that is ridiculous. I'd never buy a Seagate drive again.

TruckWEB said,
I prefer WD hard drive, I've had too many problems with Seagate.... It may be a string of bad luck but I don't have any problems with my WD.

Haven't had a great deal of experience with other brands, but I own four WD products and they've always been a dream to use.

TruckWEB said,
I prefer WD hard drive, I've had too many problems with Seagate.... It may be a string of bad luck but I don't have any problems with my WD.

Individual people's experiences don't really have any bearing on anything.
Most of my WDs have failed within two years of purchasing - some were pure crap (2TB second gen greens). Two of my Seagates failed within three months causing loss of 4TB of data. One of my five 2TB Hitachis just over a year old started to fail - although not as suddenly as the others.
Everyone's mileage will vary, it's really personal choice and you pay a slight premium for more reputable brands (WD/Seagate) although, in my experience, Hitachi are just as formidable - and have large 7200rpm drives.

Fred 69 said,

Individual people's experiences don't really have any bearing on anything.
Most of my WDs have failed within two years of purchasing - some were pure crap (2TB second gen greens).

But then on the flip side, none of the four "Green" drives I have (possibly six, can't remember what's in the desktop) have ever failed.
It's swings and roundabouts, although I often wonder if it is more user affected than manufacturer.

ZakO said,

+1, at work we had a mixture of 50 Seagate drives from different batches and varieties (1TB, 1.5TB & 2TB), over the last 18 months 32 of them have failed from the click of death. I realise no HDD manufacturer is perfect but that is ridiculous. I'd never buy a Seagate drive again.

It goes in waves. 8-10 years ago, we experienced the same issues with WD's. At that time, Seagate was the drive to have. It's reversed itself at the moment, but in 5 years, it may be something completely different.

Personal experience, changes from person to person.
I've had Seagates, Maxtors, WD, Hitachi, Fujitsu, green and not green, pretty much all of them out there over the last two decades. I've never had an HDD fail on me.
For myself, I pretty much decide on the RPM I want, then on the size, then whatever is cheaper.

TruckWEB said,
I prefer WD hard drive, I've had too many problems with Seagate.... It may be a string of bad luck but I don't have any problems with my WD.

That's interesting, because I currently buy Seagate exclusively and have had no problem whatsoever. When I used to buy WD drives however EVERY one failed within months of purchase... A friend of mine had the same experience, so I stopped buying them altogether.

TruckWEB said,
I prefer WD hard drive, I've had too many problems with Seagate.... It may be a string of bad luck but I don't have any problems with my WD.

Agreed, all I care about is failure rates

Hitachi and WD for HDDs
Intel for SSDs