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SMR HDDs are Coming to a Notebook PC Near You

While Seagate has been shipping HDDs with shingle magnetic recording (SMR) for a number of years in its external HDD products, 2016 is shaping up to be the year when the industry as a whole announces and ships mainstream OEM HDDs using the capacity boosting technology. Using a combination of slightly larger disk diameters, higher […]

SSD Pricing – Stop the Madness!

2015 has ended, which means 2016 has started. Happy New Year everyone! One thing we learned in 2015 is that we have not learned from history.  Remember the late 1990s to the early 2000s when 2.5” HDD pricing for notebooks pretty much took a nose dive? It was great for OEMs, but not so great […]

Notebook sales need miracle December

Notebook production was down in October, but primary because of the factory shutdown due to Chinese national holiday and not because PC demand softened. However, Windows 10 PC system sales have been sluggish to date, and unless there is a miraculous December finish, PC market will be down around 10% Y-Y. November production is expected […]

An Argument for 500GB Hard Disk Drives based Notebooks for College Students (or any younger adult for that matter)!

A colleague of mine brought up a great argument for why 500 GB Hard Disk Drives can remain the storage device of choice for most college students. In essence, it’s not the student’s choice, but rather the parent’s choice. Let’s think this through for a moment…. As students get ready to go back to school, […]

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