Seagate and Hitachi are titans in the data storage arena, although at the close of 2009, Seagate was the largest supplier of hard drives in the world with almost 31% of the market in its fold and trailed by Western Digital by a very slim margin (in fact, some suggest that Western Digital has overtaken Seagate for the number one spot this year). Hitachi ranks as the number three supplier in the world, rating just over half the market share of Seagate, making it an apparent underdog in the Seagate vs Hitachi hard drives matchup.
Although the Hitachi share of the global hard drive market is smaller than Seagate's share, Hitachi has a broader range of interests that range from the manufacturing of discrete electronic components to the assembly of consumer electronics products. With a market cap of nearly $22 billion, Hitachi is no lightweight in any arena in which the company competes.
Seagate has recently been criticized by market analysts for having a high debt to capital ratio, leading some analysts to question whether the company is in a position to retain market leadership. Its $6.6 billion market cap, however, is more in line with its primary competitor, Western Digital, that also produces hard drives as its primary focus.
Now that you know a little bit about the players in the hard drive market, let's take a look at one comparable top hard drive model from each company.
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