When a company sells 2 billion of anything, there’s bound to be a good amount of competition that arises along the way. Unfortunately, with that much competition comes a fair number of casualties.
A few weeks ago we posted on the OWC Blog that hard drive manufacturer Seagate Technology recently shipped its 2 billionth hard disk drive. And now the folks at StorageNewsletter have posted a little historical snapshot of those who have challenged Seagate and the two other current HDD manufacturers – Toshiba and Western Digital – along the way.
Grimly dubbed the “HDD Graveyard”, StorageNewsletter lists all of those companies that have failed or discontinued production on HDDs since the technology’s introduction by IBM in 1956. Of the 220 companies that have entered production since that year, only the three mentioned above have survived. That leaves 217 that have failed or discontinued production. This list is worth checking out not only because it unearths some very notable names, but it also brings to light some interesting trivia from the history of the HDD.
Of course, the advent of Solid State Drives has played a big part in eliminating some of the need for HDDs, but it’s interesting to see the journey of their platter-based brethren. So take a stroll back in time and check out just how far the HDD has come.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 | Author: OWC Grant
We’re quite flattered to have been honored with the About.com 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Mac Peripheral Reseller” for the second consecutive year. OWC received overwhelming support with 95% of all votes cast among finalists including national online-retailer Newegg and Vermont-based Small Dog Electronics. If you were among the voters, thank you for trust and confidence in us!
OWC Repeats for ‘Best Mac Peripherals’ Category
About.com’s popular reader-driven awards program began in 2008 and has expanded to highlight the best products, features, and services across a wide variety of topics ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more. This year was the second edition of the awards to feature the Best Mac Peripherals category, which was open to both brick-and-mortar and online resellers. Enthusiastic online voting resulted in OWC being honored with the title of Best Mac Peripheral Reseller.
The Why Behind the Voting
Perhaps we’ve been selected as the Readers Choice honoree twice now because the Mac community appreciates the fact that we aren’t just about creating ‘insanely great’ products. We pride ourselves on providing the most comprehensive support in the industry. That support comes in many ways…some very apparent like our free ‘how-to’ install videos, 24/7 live chat, and easy to use on-line guides that make finding and choosing upgrades hassle-free. Other support efforts are behind the scenes to some degree..but again done to go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction with both the product and ordering experience. Little things like making sure complete specifications and compatibilities are clearly listed on the site and packaging so the correct product is purchased. And bigger aspects like shipping hard drives in a patent-pending anti-shock packaging design. That packaging design alone enables us to offer a 90 day hard drive direct replacement program. If an internal drive purchased from us fails within 90 days of purchase, you don’t have the complexities of contacting a drive manufacturer directly in order to receive a refurbished replacement. We directly replace with a brand new drive.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t end with mentioning the ingredient that’s perhaps at the heart of the OWC Difference. There’s always someone here ready to talk to you and show you that we care. From our Founder and CEO, OWC Larry, who often can be found answering blog post comments; to that friendly voice you hear on the phone or can feel in an email. We all exist to serve you in the manner we ourselves would like to be treated.
If you’re planning on heading to The NAB Show next month or still looking for a good excuse to attend, OWC has an offer that might make your decision a bit easier.
Register for the 2013 edition of the digital media trade show by Friday, March 22, and enter OWC’s special code “LV5199″ during the checkout step for the Exhibits-Only registration, and you’ll receive an Exhibits-Only pass – a $150 value – free! You can also share this code with any friends or digital media buffs who are planning on going to the show that’s set for April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. But the offer expires soon, so you’ll need to act fast.
Of course, OWC will once again be well-represented, setting up camp at Booth #SL14811. Among the products we will be demonstrating is Jupiter scalable storage solution. Attendees will even be able to load up an Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro project of their own right on the show floor to see Jupiter’s amazing speed first hand.
We hope you can take advantage of this great offer, and we’ll see you there!
While it is never pleasant to be the bearer of unpleasant tidings, we strive to keep our readers well-informed on industry trends that could affect your purchase decisions. For the past couple months, we’ve been seeing a trend in rising memory prices.
Actually, memory costs started going up before Christmas, but supply of memory at the higher costs have been coming into play over the last several weeks. Higher cost for memory equates to higher prices at checkout.
Why are memory costs up?
Real supply issues with the components have resulted in these cost increases. Supply is pressured due to substantially growing demand for the higher density parts and a lack of excess capacity production. It should be known that Micron and Samsung – the largest producers of DRAM memory devices today – both posted 4th quarter losses for their DRAM divisions. When a producer is losing money, they tend not to run up supply.
All is not lost though. It is important to note that today’s memory pricing is still Article Continues…
Since they first were used commercially in 1956, Hard Disk Drives have seen exponential growth in capacity, with some models capable of storing multiple terabytes of data. The number of HDD units sold have seen a similar arc as demand has risen with the more widespread usage of personal computers, social media, mobile applications and cloud computing.
This rise in demand is nowhere more evident than with Seagate Technology, which announced today that it has become the first hard disk drive manufacturer to ship two billion HDDs. While that number is staggering in its own right, what makes it even more impressive is the fact that it took 29 years to sell the first billion and just 4 years for the second billion.
And that growth isn’t expected to tail off anytime soon.
“By 2015 households which today routinely consume 1TB of data a month are expected to generate 20 times the amount of data than they currently save,” said Richard Doherty, research director of the Envisioneering Group in a press release from Seagate. “Consumer’s continued appetites for securely saving and organizing high-definition multimedia requires higher performance and the most trusted and dependable drives.”
Seagate HDDs, which are used in many OWC solutions and DIY kits, have been sold since 1980, with the one billionth HDD shipping in 2008.