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Western Digital offer of $6.85 per share represents a 91 percent premium to Stec's closing share price on Friday.
Stec shares jumped 87 percent to $6.74 in morning trading on the Nasdaq. Western Digital shares were down 1.5 percent.
"I think Stec was looking at a long series of losses, and their current management team may have been impeding their ability to get business with certain original-equipment manufacturer customers," said Craig-Hallum Capital analyst Richard Shannon.
The deal comes about six months after the Stec's biggest shareholder, Balch Hill Capital, started pushing the money-losing company to consider a sale after the scandal.
Stec has looked at other suitors including Seagate and is unlikely to get higher offers, Benchmark analyst Gary Mobley said in a research note to clients.
Mobley downgraded the stock to "sell" from "hold".
Seagate told Reuters last year that it was looking to buy smaller rivals that have a significant share of the enterprise market.
Stec specializes in hard drives used in servers and data centers.
Stec's co-founder, Manouch Moshayedi, resigned as chief executive in September over insider trading charges. His brother, Mark Moshayedi, took over as the interim CEO.
Stec's revenue has been declining since 2011 and halved in the first quarter this year from a year earlier.
The company's stock trades at 1.3 times forward 12-month sales, mostly in line with the sector average, according to Thomson Reuters data.
The sale is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter of 2013.
Wells Fargo Securities LLC is the financial adviser to Western Digital while BofA Merrill Lynch advises Stec