by Brian Beeler

Western Digital Sells Hard Drive Assets to Toshiba

To meet the requirements from regulatory agencies for the planned Western Digital buyout of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), Western Digital has agreed to sell off certain assets to Toshiba. This deal will allow Toshiba to manufacturer 3.5-inch hard drives for the desktop and consumer products market, as well as improve Toshiba's ability to make near-line 3.5-inch hard drives for enterprise markets.

Part of this new deal also has Western Digital buying Toshiba Storage Device (Thailand) Company Limited (TSDT). TSDT produced 2.5-inch hard drives up until the Thailand flooding, but has not resumed production since. Western Digital plans on integrating their facilities and employees with their Thailand operations.

No financial terms of this deal have been disclosed. Western Digital still anticipates closing the Hitachi acquisition in March, along with the Toshiba transactions.

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