Seagate to Cease Production of 7200-rpm Laptop HDDs

Seagate Director of Marketing and Product Management David Burks said that “We are going to stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013.” Another Seagate spokesperson told PCWorld that, “High performance in the notebook segment in the future will come from solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) rather than drives with higher spin speeds.”

Currently Seagate has not started the production of SSDs but they have signed an agreement with DensBits in 2012 co-develop both consumer- and enterprise-focused solid state drives. SSD drives are far more superior to the conventional hard drives in terms of speed and performance however there are some limitations.

First it’s the pricing. SSD drives are very expensive as compared to their hard drive counterparts. Secondly when it comes to ensuring that a drive is about to give away, HDDs have an upper hand because of the moving parts inside it because of which they will start sounding funny. But in case of SSDs, the lack of moving parts makes it all the more difficult to identify whether it’s a drive issue or some other component has malfunctioned.


[Source: X-bit Labs, AnandTech]