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Consolidation Of Hard Disk Drive Makers (Part 1)

Have you ever heard of Rodime, an electronics company based in Glenrothes, Scotland? How about Integral Peripherals? Or the old giant, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)? What product was common to all these companies? Your guessed it. Hard disk drives.

Defunct Hard Disk Drive Makers

According to Wikipedia over 200 companies were involved in the manufacturing hard disk drives at one time or another. Most in the industry which requires heavy investment in Research and Development have vanished through bankruptcy and acquisition. Even Apple was in the game for about two years beginning in 1984, producing in house their proprietary model, Lisa, a 20MB widget drive, before they too left the hard drive business. Today’s survivors are Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital.

Besides competing on features such as hard disk data density and latencies, these businesses have began supporting new, smaller form factors that enable the ever-reduced physical size of computing devices.

Consolidation Of Hard Disk Drive Makers

So what is about the hard drive business that makes it so hard for even the biggest players to keep up with industry demands? Technology? Money? Resources? All of the above?

HDD Manufacturer ConsolidationWe’ll begin by looking at  Seagate Technology a hard disk drive manufacturer which has adopted a very effective business model. Next will be another American giant in the world of hard disk drive design, Western Digital. Then finally we will be discussing, Toshiba, who recently began producing hards disk drives designed for desktop computing. Over the next several articles you will find here on the MDRL Blog we will begin to address this question. We will also present a brief story on how the leading hard disk drive makers got to where they are today. We offer these articles as a compliment and an exploratory introduction to the a new service we will soon launch, MyDataRescuePlan.

MyDataRescuePlan is a powerful, pre-emptive tool to help secure and  protect your valuable data. It will allow you the ability to maintain control of your drive characteristics, regardless of the manufacturer, and retain the freedom to choose your provider, anywhere in the world. To learn more about this service, a first in the industry, click here.

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