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[TS] Western Digital to swap certain HDD assets with Toshiba, moves closer to Hitachi GST merger

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Western Digital announced today that it has reached an agreement with Toshiba Corporation to divest certain hard drive manufacturing assets in order to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies reviewing the company's pending acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. As part of the deal, Toshiba will acquire manufacturing and related intellectual property from Western Digital for 3.5-inch hard drives used in desktop PCs and consumer applications, as well as the firm's near-line storage unit for server applications.

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I'm so sad WD has Hitachi's hard drive department. They'll just overprice them just like the rest of their drives.
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Wonder how this will affect the quality of the WD drives...
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I'm so sad WD has Hitachi's hard drive department. They'll just overprice them just like the rest of their drives.

Overpriced? You have heard about the flood in Thailand, right?
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Overpriced? You have heard about the flood in Thailand, right?

Even at regular prices the Samsung F3 was $30-40 cheaper than a 1TB Black. With the F3 being faster.

Hitachi has a manufacturing plant in China. So they didn't get as affected with their HDD manufacturing. Speculation points to HDDs prices staying high for quite a while even after production ramps up.

It's sad though. Only WD, Seagate and Toshiba left. Even then Toshiba mostly produces internal HDDs for OEMs. Maybe now they will start creating more HDDS for consumers.
    
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Even at regular prices the Samsung F3 was $30-40 cheaper than a 1TB Black. With the F3 being faster.

And yet people still purchase the blacks, its supply and demand. WD is more sought after so they charge more.
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Even at regular prices the Samsung F3 was $30-40 cheaper than a 1TB Black. With the F3 being faster.
Hitachi has a manufacturing plant in China. So they didn't get as affected with their HDD manufacturing. Speculation points to HDDs prices staying high for quite a while even after production ramps up.
It's sad though. Only WD, Seagate and Toshiba left. Even then Toshiba mostly produces internal HDDs for OEMs. Maybe now they will start creating more HDDS for consumers.

When I heard about that I was irritated a great deal. I mean I know the market set the prices, but if their manufacturing costs were the same. They could have kept their prices what they were, made the same margins, and sold exponentially more HDD's
     
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