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It would appear there will be less competition in the hard (winchester) drive market. Hitachi is selling its HD business (part of which was acquired from IBM) to Western Digital in a cash + stock deal which will give Hitachi 10% of Western Digital.

That would leave just 3 players in the winchester market. WD, Seagate (which took over Conner which was founded by a Seagate alumnus Finis Conner?) and Samsung.
 

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Not necessarily. Maybe HDD will get better. Hitachi and WD can only mean more robust drives.
 

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I doubt it will make much difference.

It will likely slow the decrease in price per gigabyte a bit but I think that will only be temporary as the competition for mechanical drives in the future will be Solid State Drives.
 

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NeilN, that quote is kinda right, and wrong. Price Per Gigabyte for HDD's are a lot cheaper than than most recent SSD's. Also, the same can apply for different versons and performance levels of HDD too. You could find a 2TB for lets say, 80 bucks, and another 2TB for 250. Especially with the 'green' and 'black' categories.
 

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Regardless, lets stick to the topic at hand please.
 

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3 players in the market is still enough to keep them honest and competitive assuming theres not back room price fixing going on
 
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