The Hard Drive crisis

When nature is in a rage there are consequences.  Industries come to a grinding halt and it strains trade to such an extent that it takes months or years to return to performance levels prior to the natural disasters.  There are countless examples of this: Hurricane Katrina and the great Tsunami that shook Asia and the recent floods in South East Asia. I have been keeping an eye on a particular industry that I think is going to be hit hard, namely storage (hard drives in particular).  Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba all have manufacturing plants in South East Asia and all have made it known via...
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Seagate unveils the first 4 terabyte external hard drive

I am in a state of shock. Seagate has an unveiled a 4TB external hard drive.  The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 4TB is the first 4 terabyte hard drive to be made available to the public. Four terabytes is MASSIVE and the speed at which this has come to market is nothing short of amazing. I remember a time when having a 128MB flash drive was seen as being part of the frontlines of gadget ownership. Yes, it sounds incredibly sad but currently owning a 128MB flash drive would create frowns and plenty of questions. The fact that Seagate has this gigantic external hard drive available highlights the speed...
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Is Samsung ejecting its hard drive business due to Apple?

Samsung is supposedly looking to sell its hard drive business in wake of the emergence of Solid State Drives (SSD). Solid state drives can be seen as a high capacity flash drive of epic proportions. Apple has been flooding the market with solid state drives in their high end products. The new Macbook Air and both generation iPads are all using solid state drives in place of regular SATA hard drives. I suspect that this is the beginning of a trend. Organic growth is no longer happening in the traditional hard drive space and thus is forcing businesses to put up the for sale signs on certain departments....
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