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[EN] Western Digital drops $4.3 billion to acquire Hitachi GST, enter staring contest

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Yow. Western Digital -- the company responsible for shipping the planet's first 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive way back in 2009 -- just announced a monstrous deal to acquire one of its primary competitors, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

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From Engadget comments (not necessary true or false, just funny):
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Let me get this straight:

An excellent HDD company ( Western Digital ) buys a crappy company ( Hitachi ) to compete even the crappiest HDD maker ( Seagate ) and which bought yet another crappy HDD maker ( Maxtor )

Wow......
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It's a race to the bottom.

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Edited by DjiXas - 3/7/11 at 5:34am
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Samsung ftw o.-
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Lol @ all the WD fanboys who hate on IBM DeathStars. biggrin.gif
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Sigh. I've had my WD raptor running for years, and am partial to buying WD over another brand. I can see why they bought out hitachi, but ugh.
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Hitachi might make poor drives but they are cheap and they probably make a lot of money from it.(As pointed out by AzO, Hitachi have the lowest failure rate of HDD manufacturers) It makes more sense to buy out a company that's already doing great in that market segment than to try to make roadways in there with your own company.

As for that engadget comment... rofl. Seagate make very good hard drives.
Edited by voice - 3/7/11 at 5:55am
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Why does purchasing an inferior company mean a decrease in quality?

It's called removing competition, not cheapening products.

WD won't start pumping out crap just because they eliminated one of the competition, that's just stupid.
    
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Samsung ftw!
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A recent report shows Hitachi having the lowest failure rates of hdd manufactures.

Hitachi is also currently the fastest 7200rpm drive around.

I'm just worried that Hitachi quality will degrade if it is bought by WD.
Edited by AzO - 3/7/11 at 5:50am
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Second that for Seagates drives. Nothing but issues with my WD drives over the years. All my Seagates still run to this day, including an old 4.3 GB drive that came with an old Acer desktop from 1998.
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Western Hitachi biggrin.gif
    
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