Seagate to make flash-based hard drives

by admin August 23, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Seagate Technology, the number-one maker of magnetic hard drives, will start manufacturing hard drives based around flash memory, according to its chief executive officer Bill Watkins.

“We are going to have a solid state drive, probably for enterprise first,” Watkins said on Wednesday.

Seagate’s decision is a significant turning point for the storage market. The flash versus magnetic debate has been the most high-profile issue in the storage world for the past two years.

Magnetic hard drives have been a crucial component for servers, PCs and notebooks for many years. They cost far less in terms of cost per gigabyte, and they typically hold more data than flash devices.

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