Seagate declares itself first company to ship 2 billion drives worldwide

Seagate declares itself first company to ship 2 billion drives worldwide

Summary: Cloud-based storage might be more buzzworthy at the moment, but Seagate is still boasting about a major milestone for both itself and the hard drive industry.


Seagate is boasting to be the first company ever to ship two billion hard drives and counting as of Tuesday.

For reference, the Cupertino, Calif.-based hardware company shipped its first hard drive in 1980. Seagate hit one billion hard drives shipped in 2008.

Seagate is attributing the incredible turnaround of another billion drives in just five years to the "explosive demand" for HD video, data-intensive applications, and e-commerce.

Richard Doherty, research director of the tech consulting firm Envisioneering Group, was quoted as noting that households consuming one terabyte of data per month now are expected to generate 20 times that by 2015.

John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president for hard drives and semiconductors, was also cited in the announcement, asserting that the cloud as well as mobile devices are actually major drivers for the boost in hard drive shipments.

He addet that HDD shipments are expected to topple 585 million units worldwide this year.

Despite a constant battle with Western Digital for the top spot in the industry, Seagate predicted that "three billion may not be that far away either." Last year's acquisition of European rival LaCie will surely help push the U.S. hard drive giant toward its goal.

Topics: Storage, Hardware, Laptops, PCs, Tech Industry

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  • Over 2 billion sold, but... would be helpful if they could make a new drive that lasts more than 3 months.
  • drive lifespan

    I have about thirty five drives.. failures so far since 1994 is two and both were in the 1990s.
  • For the last 6 years Seagate...

    has been very reliable for us. All of their drives still worked even as we routinely replace them to help prevent possible/eventual drive problems, etc. However, Western Digital drives we had bought years ago failed as soon as their warranties expired, so we no longer buy WD's.
  • Seagate declares itself first company to ship 2 billion drives worldwide

    any electronic devices, in my experience, if they operate in six months without any problem will continue to work for the next three to five years ...