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Hitachi, Fujitsu and Toshiba to create Storage Giant

Failure to sell its hard drive divisions to equity firm Silver Lake, is one of the reasons why Hitachi (opens in new tab) might be mulling the idea of creating a super hard drive/storage company together with fellow rivals Toshiba and Fujitsu.

According to, the new company would combine the storage divisions of all three Japanese companies and would be jointly owned by the three.

Hitachi purchased IBM's Storage Division back in 2002 and inherited an ailing division that has had few sparks of brightness over the years and never really recovered from the DeathStar scandal in the early 2000s.

The company was the first one to announce a 1TB hard disk drive and has been a staunch advocate of perpendicular recording which substantially increases the amount of data that can be crammed in a hard drive.

An analyst suggests that the Japanese firms might also want to keep the technology in-house rather than selling to a foreign company which has some previous experience in storage - Silver Lake purchased Seagate a few years ago.

Dailytech's report (opens in new tab) of the rumour also adds that Hitachi, Fujitsu and Toshiba will bring together their resources with minimal amount of overlapping - Hitachi for example doesn't manufacture platters while Toshiba do.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.