7. Financial Factor Heavyweight: Seagate Technology
Category: SATA Hard Drives
Financial Factors Rating: 76.7
Seagate won the Financial Factors subcategory handily, with an overall score 3.5 points higher than second-place Hitachi GST. Last year, Seagate eeked out a first-place finish, narrowly taking the honors by a 0.1 margin from Western Digital. WD came in third this year, ahead of Toshiba. Seagate's biggest win in the subcategory was in the Competitive Pricing criteria.