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Seagate to Cease Production of 7,200RPM Mobile HDDs By End 2013
By Wong Chung Wee - on 5 Mar 2013, 10:15am

Seagate to Cease Production of 7,200RPM Mobile HDDs This Year

Seagate has announced plans to phase out its 7,200rpm 2.5-inch magnetic hard disk drives (HDDs) by stopping their production by the end of this year. The company plans to focus on solid-state hybrid drives like its Momentus XT series that will transition to its third-generation later this year.

The Seagate Momentum Laptop Hard Drive. (Image Source: Seagate)

“We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013,” said David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology, during a conversation with X-bit labs.

The 2.5-inch HDDs that operate at speeds of 7,200rpm generally offer a slight performance edge over their 5,400rpm counterparts; however, they pale in comparison to solid-state drives (SSDs) or solid-state hybrid drives. Due to their lower prices, SSDs are becoming more popular and consumers who care about performance and battery-life will opt for laptops and ultrabooks that feature such drives, eschewing those purely mechanical ones.

Despite this announcement, Seagate will continue to offer its 5,400rpm mobile HDDs and X-bit Labs noted that due to the company's large stockpile of existing 7,200rpm 2.5-inch HDDs, they will be still available to fulfill the customers' demands.

(Source: Seagate via X-bit Labs)


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