The History Of The Hard Drive And Its Future


2012: And Then There Were Three

By 2012, the world's hard drive industry was whittled down to three vendors:

* Seagate, which acquired the hard drive division of Samsung;

* Western Digital, which acquired Hitachi GST;

* Toshiba, which in 2009 acquired Fujitsu's hard drive business.

That's a steep drop for an industry which has seen upwards of 200 hard drive manufacturers come and go over the years.