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HDD prices are going to skyrocket. Hitachi had good prices. Bad day for consumers.
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So... Only Samsung, Western Digital, and Seagate left in the 3.5" HDD space?


Them plus Toshiba in the 2.5" HDD space?
I have a feeling Samsung will make an evil deal with Seagate someday... they did, after all, supply the NAND and controllers for Seagate's enterprise SSD that went under the radar some time ago.
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CrystalMark (7200rpm):



AS SSD (7200rpm):



Someone prove me wrong.

SOURCE
Er.. That's not a Spinpoint F3. Not sure what you think you've proven here. Everyone knows the Spinpoints are much faster than the WD Blacks at sequential transfers, so these numbers mean little.

The Blacks have lower access times, though.

Spending 2-3 minutes looking, I can't find any charts that compare the newest Hitachi drives, but from everything I can find, the 320gb Spinpoint F4s are the fastest drives around in this respect. Their older drives were certainly no competition http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2...hput,1009.html Note how the F3s and especially the F4s blow away that Black you were comparing there.
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I see someone claimed that Hitachi has the lowest failure rate in the industry but that hasn't been my personal experience. I've never cared for Hitachi drives but is that is true then maybe this will be a good thing. I do like Western Digital drives for the most part, although I believe Samsung and Seagate also make some good drives.
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HDD manufacturers are scrambling over the remaining crumbs. Drives have too much capacity for the price, so no one is going to bother to get into the business, because there are no profits left to be had. More and more will end up on SSD, so long as there is technical progress to make SSD better at things like random reads, and in write lifespan, and perhaps eliminating the need for trim and wear leveling.

For me, HDD serves me just fine, and I tend to use SD cards for my data, because Ican custom the SD storage, and plug and go with whatever tasks I want. I do like having portable applications because they do not lock me into having to install software on a bunch of machines, and I don't have to muss and fuss over it once installed. Of course, there is a "performance hit", but for those apps, I don't care about a few extra seconds, simply because I save on having to install and update a suite of software on a number of machines.

I have seen scads of failures on all kinds of HDDs over the years, sometimes because of abuse, sometimes because of systematic design defects. Each failure alters my next purchase. But I can see that SSDs, so improved, will easily become the basic drive unit for OSes and core apps; and fast SD cards (or whatever format) are fast enough for other non-core apps and data - leaving HDDs for repositories and libraries - where they will rule the roost only because the cost per GB is no low.
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Samsung, WD and Seagate all the way.

I've never tried a Hitachi, but the DeskStars are incredibly cheap and I hear good things about them.
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I wonder how this will effect Hitachi's USP-V's and other enterprise goodies.
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I've owned probably 20 HDDs in my life time from maybe 6 different manufacturers. For sure a Hitachi, WD, and Seagate... I haven't had one fail yet. An old IDE WD I had started making funny noises, but the computer was past its useful life before it failed.

Am I lucky or what?
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HDD prices are going to skyrocket. Hitachi had good prices. Bad day for consumers.
I agree, the HDD market is being further consolidated which means not only higher prices thanks to less competition, but fewer choices for consumers. As its been mentioned earlier there are now really only 3 companies competing in the 3.5" HDD market now (WD, Seagate, and Samsung).
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Ive had a hitachi 7k1000 for a while and never gave me any trouble.
Ive only had 2 hdd fail on me in 11 years.
A WD and a Seagate, took all my data along with it...
In 11 years I had 15 or so hdds from WD, Hitachi, IBM, Seagate, and Samsung, and only 2 failed.
    
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