Seagate announces plans to discontinue 7200rpm drives later this year

Seagate will stop production of its 7200rpm 2.5in hard drives later this year, in the wake of shifting market trends. The hard drive manufacturer will instead begin to focus on other product line-ups, including solid state and hybrid drives.

The company currently has four 7200rpm 2.5in hard drive families: Momentus 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200, and Momentus X, the latter of which is a hybrid drive.

Seagate's announcement doesn't come as much of surprise, as SSDs are becoming increasingly popular. Though they are still more expensive than spinning hard drives per GB of storage, SSDs offer superior performance and added benefits like less heat and noise.

However, Seagate has no plans to completely exit the performance HDD market; the company will continue to offer its 5400rpm hard drives for value notebooks. Consumers can also expect to find a considerable amount of its 7200rpm units in stock too since production will only stop late during the year.