Hard Drive Shipments Back on Record Track After Thai Floods

The market research firm believes that total 2012 HDD shipments will be 524.0 million units, up from 502.5 million in 2011. The industry is, according to IHS, poised for strong growth and will sell 575.1 million drives in 2016. This number only includes shipments into the PC and market, but not drives shipped into the automotive market, for external drives, or consumer electronics such as DVRs.

"HDD shipments for computers will overcome a sluggish third quarter to reach record levels in 2012," said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS.

"The yearly rise in HDD shipments is the result of greater demand from the consumer and enterprise PC segments, both of which continue to clamor for disk space in order to hold storage-intensive media like music, videos and other forms of social media content," he said. "As downloadable media content becomes more readily accessible and affordable, so will the quest for storage space continue in order to satisfy unremitting demand."

Potential growth driver for hard drive sales will be Windows 8, as well as compact notebook from factors such as Ultrabooks.

 

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  • anort3
    Prices are still inflated though. Before the flooding a 500GB drive could be had for ~$50 and a 1TB drive for ~$70. Prices now are still 25-50% higher than that.
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  • memadmax
    But not before they milked that cow...
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  • tanjo
    But the prices in my area still ~30% higher than pre-flood prices. :(
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  • memadmax
    But not before they milked that cow...
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  • anort3
    Prices are still inflated though. Before the flooding a 500GB drive could be had for ~$50 and a 1TB drive for ~$70. Prices now are still 25-50% higher than that.
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  • echondo
    It's already too late. Unless I can get a 1TB Western Digital Hard drive for $50, I'll continue to use cloud storage and SSDs.
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