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Seagate to halt production of 7200-rpm laptop hard drives

Ian Paul | March 5, 2013
The company recently said it will stop making 2.5-inch, 7200-rpm laptop hard drives by the end of 2013.

The popularity of SSDs in 2013 also shows no signs of stopping. Prices are dropping rapidly, and market research firm IHS iSuppli predicts that SSD shipments in 2013 will more than double compared to 2012 due to the demand for the storage component in Ultrabooks combined with lower prices for NAND flash memory.

Crying out against progress

But are speedier, pure SSDs the best solution for most PC users right now? Some questions remain about the reliability of SSDs compared to HDDs. If you've ever fired up a computer that sounds like a VCR, then you already know that when a hard drive starts to go, you can usually hear it. SSDs don't have any moving parts so when they go it's often with little or no warning--but they're blazing fast up until then.

And SSDs, while getting cheaper and with larger capacities available, still don't have the per GB dollar value that hard drives can offer. Amazon currently sells a Crucial 512GB SSD for $350, but you can pick up a 1 TB 7200-rpm 2.5-inch HDD for around $100 to $250 depending on the model.

Then there's the pain of dealing with a smaller capacity drive if you go with an SSD. You either have to offload most of your files to a bigger external hard drive or put your stuff in the cloud.

Current hassles aside, there's no question that SSDs are only going to become more popular in the coming years, and Seagate's decision to dump 7200-rpm notebook hard drives may be an early sign of the coming SSD switch.

 

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