Seagate to Discontinue 7,200-RPM Drives, Will Others Follow?

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The race for faster data access has a casualty. AnandTech got wind of a report from X-bit Labs that Seagate will discontinue its 2.5-inch laptop-size 7,200-rpm hard drives by the end of this year. The move comes as prices for solid state drives continue to fall while offering more storage space. Seagate currently has three 7,200-rpm drives on the market, the Momentus 7200.4, 7200.2 and Momentus Thin 7200, and one hybrid drive, the Momentus XT. This drive combines a 7,200-rpm drive with 8GB of SLC NAND for caching.

This news does make us a bit sad, because we've always enjoyed the combination of disk size, speed and price that 7,200-rpm drives offered compared with their slower 5,400-rpm cousins. Granted, SSDs will smoke almost any 7,200-rpm drive in a data access race, but 7,200-rpm drives have a much more reasonable price per gigabyte.  

It seems that Seagate shares our affinity for a balance of storage and speed. In part, they are ditching the 7,200-rpm market to focus on hybrid drives, an emerging category from which no manufacturer has risen to the top. We're sure to see more variations on the Momentus XT come to market and perhaps some dual drive solutions as well.

In the meantime, if you're a fan of Seagate's 7,200-rpm drives, start hoarding them now.

via AnandTech

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  • james braselton Says:

    hi there i dont like slow drives never buying 5400 rpm hdd or 7200 rpm drive only buying hybride drives 10,000 or 15,000 hybride 15,000 rpm hdd best or solid state flash drives soo yeah ssd will win out

  • primate Says:

    I stand by my Seagates. I've had both a Seagate 750 and a MyBook 750 for several years without a problem. And I just upgraded to the same pair at 3tb.

  • Joe Says:

    Have all the hard disk engineers died. There hasn't been a single increase of hard disk capacity in one and a half years. Gotta love these monopolies. Why ever produce something better when we can keep selling the same drives as we made two years ago. Seagate, please wake up, for the love of God!

  • Daniel Says:

    Well this is kinda sad, Seagate used to have the best drives in the industry, mostly due to their unbeatable 5 year warranty. Awhile back they cut it to 3 years, which basically put them at the same level as everyone else. Now I see they've dropped it to 2 years, which seems to say they can no longer cut it in the storage arena.

    I've bought a dozen seagate drives in the past, 3 of which I had to RMA. The RMA process was very easy and the replacement drives worked fine.

    Now it seems Western Digital has the best drives out there with their 5 year warranty. I've bought their drives in the past too, but always preferred Seagate due to the nice long warranty.

  • David Says:

    Does this even matter? I quit buying Seagate drives years ago when they decided to stop building quality drives.

  • Nikkos Says:

    Hah... not hardly... let them go... quickly... Seagate/Maxtor have had the worst MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) rate in the industry... even their internal service folks admit this... so why fret when the red-headed step child wants to go away.

  • Joe Says:

    Why do I see this as backwards? If anything, drop the 3.5" drives that are less than 2tb. Laptop drives are much smaller and should already be the standard for desktops, at least in corporate settings.

  • Carlos T. Jackal Says:

    If I read the article right, they're only discontinuing the 2.5" 7200 rpm laptop drives. For laptops, SSDs make a lot more sense. The "full-size" (3.5") drives, as used in most desktop computers and servers, will continue to be produced. They're up around 4TB now, I think.