Why HDD sales _really_ fell.
Lower prices == more unit sales == more profiits
We've all been waiting for prices to drop since the flood happened.
Seagate may not have done as well as it had hoped to do in its latest quarter, which was down on the previous three months, but its $1bn earnings are still much, much better than a year ago. The disk drive dealer also defied industry speculation by failing to announce an OCZ acquisition. But it did say it could buy an SSD …
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I would expect hard drives to still be used years after NAND flash is replaced. Remember that flash has lower write endurance and lower retention period each time it is the nodes are shrunk and as a result this prevents flash from being a viable replacement for hard drives for video and other data sets that tend to be large.
"It's all down to the economy and decelerating PC sales, says Seagate. ®"
Funny, I would have sworn that the reason I've been holding off is because they cost so much more than they did just before the flood.
In the cases where I can actually find non-AF drives, or AF drives known to work with XP and TiVos, that is.
The idea of having to pay more for a drive that will require also paying for new hardware and new OS'es all around is currently right out of the question.