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So it doesn't have a desktop-oriented Cheetah to put Western Digital's VelociRaptor to shame but Seagate is now bragging with the title of first company to have shipped 1 billion hard drives. It took it some 29 years, but Seagate has reached this impressive milestone which, for those interested, sums up to about 79 million terabytes of storage space, enough for about 158 billion hours of video content or 1.2 trillion hours music.

The drive that started the countdown to 1 billion was the ST506 with 5MB worth of storage while now, with the record achieved, Seagate offers 1TB hard drives.

"This company has an amazing, colorful and important history, which continues to be written every day by our 55,000 employees around the world," said Bill Watkins, Seagate CEO. "Al Shugart and a few others started the company behind a convenience store in 1979 and enabled the birth of the first PCs. Today we’re at the center of the digital content revolution. So reaching this milestone is a great opportunity for us to reflect on our accomplishments and those of our predecessors, and to also look forward to the great things we can still achieve as a company."

Looking ahead, Seagate is expecting to ship another billion hard drives in the next five years as the storage requirements grow at a steady pace with practically every second that passes. Hoping that we'll still be around when Seagate throws the 2 billion HDD party, we congratulate the manufacturer for the milestone reached.

Seagate ST506 5.25-inch hard drive

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Wow, that is ridiculously big
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Wow, Old school!
I remember as a kid smashing one of those 5inch drives with a pick axe! it had 8 platters!
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Wow, Old school!
I remember as a kid smashing one of those 5inch drives with a pick axe! it had 8 platters!


Just imagine the performance you'd get on one of those. Probably transfers at just over 1MB/sec.
     
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Just imagine the performance you'd get on one of those. Probably transfers at just over 1MB/sec.
1MB/sec is quite fast...that's like transferring 20% of the hard drive in a second! I wish I could do that
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1MB/sec is quite fast...that's like transferring 20% of the hard drive in a second! I wish I could do that
Nah, look at the date on it. That was already a couple years in - they started at 5MB, so it probably holds ~20-100MB.

Okay, high estimate I suppose. Maybe just 500KB/sec.
     
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It's even worse than my old Amiga 50MB SCSI HDD
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It would take you 43.2 Million years to watch all the video that could be stored on the amount of HDD Space they have sold

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It would take you 43.2 Million years to watch all the video that could be stored on the amount of HDD Space they have sold

^^
depends what quality
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depends what quality
Exactly. Not to say that Seagate has bad HDDs, as I have never owned one and therefore cannot make such a claim, but to have served billions doesn't necessarily mean anything, especially when spread over 29 years. Look at McDonald's: billions of hamburgers served and not a single good one among them!
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