Making Hard Drives

If I was about to go into the business of External Hard Drives, who would I need to hire? This is just people for the design of the hard drive. Engineers? Technicians?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
There are only a few companies making hard drives.  You would buy them from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and then put them in an enclosure, which could be your own design but likely would also be OEM'ed

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 You actually want to build HDs ?  The highest cost item would be a clean room.  If you do not have any engineering background you would have to hire a manager of some type that does to oversee the operation. To be competative you would have to build these HDs in some country where labor is cheap. There is so much to consider. I have always thought, this is just me talking, that HDs are not going to be around forever. I could see the day where HDs would be replaced with a memory card ( ram) of some type. You might want to start in on that technology, backing something new...and alot cheaper to manufacturer.
quickquestionsAuthor Commented:
Good answers, but what if I just wanted one 500GB hard drive or something like that? How long would it take them?

Essentially, who would I have to hire?

I've considered the enclosure, but am not a big fan.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No one has a 500 GB drive.  If there was one, it would be sold.  Dell, HP/Compaq, Gateway - they don't make their own drives.  You buy what you can get.
quickquestionsAuthor Commented:
For external, there is one that makes 2TB.

quickquestionsAuthor Commented:
I believe maxtor is coming out with an internal one, too!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Sorry, that's not a true hard drive - that's a RAID 0 set of 4 drives.  Personally, I would never buy this - it's configured to use a RAID 0 so the odds of losing your data are 4x greater - any one of the four disks fail and you lose EVERYTHING.

I was mistaken - Hitachi JUST released a 500 GB SATA drive.  But that's the largest SINGLE drive unit available.  
quickquestionsAuthor Commented:
Okay, but anyone who can tell me what I'll need to design one single hard drive, then I'll give them my points.
Just buy the hard drives from manufacturers direct and produce an interface card between the ide or sata drive and the enclousre.  The enclosure would convert to USB 2.0 or  even better firewire 400/800.  The problem with your business plan isn't that it's difficult it's that it's not original and you can already buy the enclosures for 30 bucks on any computer web-site and pop an IDE drive in them and your off.  Lacie makes nice drives but i've actually done data recovery on 4 of them in the past two months.  Lacie uses Western Digital IDE hard drives.
quickquestionsAuthor Commented:
How much would a HDD cost that is just direct from the manufacturer? If I understand correctly, here is what you are suggesting:

I should buy a HDD from a seperate HD manufacturer, then put it in the enclosure and produce everything else?

What if I just didn't want to go into business, and just wanted to design one hard drive?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:

Isn't that what I said in my very first comment?  To restate:

You would buy them from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and then put them in an enclosure, which could be your own design but likely would also be OEM'ed
quickquestionsAuthor Commented:
UGH, I SUPPOSE SO. When I get back up to 130 points, I'll give you them too. I thought that there was a way to split points. Maybe I cannot just "give" you points though.
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