In a sign of the times, Seagate (STX +0.8%) is discontinuing production of high-performance...

In a sign of the times, Seagate (STX +0.8%) is discontinuing production of high-performance (7200 RPM) 2.5" hard drives, as the MacBook Pro, Intel ultrabooks, and other high-end notebook platforms embrace SSDs. The announcement comes a month after IHS predicted hard drive industry sales will drop 12% this year thanks to weak PC demand and SSD encroachment. Separately, Seagate says it will create a $180M R&D facility at Solyndra's old factory, which it bought last year, to develop cutting-edge drives.

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  • HDD Guy
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    The real performance delta between 5400 and 7200 was small. Seagate has shown that adding hybrid capability (SSHD) is a much larger performance boost at only slightly larger price premiums. I don't think SSD was the motivation for dropping 7200 as much as focus on their SSHD line. There are actual performance advantages to a slow spinning HDD when it is part of a SSHD.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:56 AM Reply Like
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