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167 Million HDDs Shipped In Q2, WD Leads

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Hard drive manufacturers shipped 167.1 million hard drives in the second quarter of this year, up 4% from 160.5 million units in Q1, according to market research firm IHS.

WD leads the market with 32% share, followed by Seagate with 31%. Including the recently announced acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage (HGST), WD was at 48% share, while the addition of Samsung takes Seagate to 42%. The only other major HDD manufacturer left is Toshiba/Fujitsu with 11% share.

IHS said that WDC had record shipments of 53.8 million drives during the quarter and revenue of $2.4 billion. Seagate shipped only 52.3 million units, but raked in $2.9 billion thanks to its position in the enterprise market.

"Despite some disruptions resulting from the Japan quake disaster in March and the continuing decline of netbook sales because of tablet devices, HDD shipments rose during the second quarter, with each hard drive maker meeting its revenue forecast," said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS. "Growth was achieved partially from a pull-in of orders by PC manufacturers fearing a potential shortage of components from the quake’s impact, and also by suppliers utilizing less expensive sea freight to ship goods instead of costly air freight."

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    irh_1974 , September 7, 2011 3:46 PM
    167 million HDDs, that's a LOT of porn
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    Anonymous , September 7, 2011 3:19 PM
    YES ! Caviar Black power baby ! :p 
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    Anonymous , September 7, 2011 3:19 PM
    YES ! Caviar Black power baby ! :p 
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    pbrigido , September 7, 2011 3:40 PM
    I may be in the minoroty, but WD drives have always given me problems. I tried a Samsung and have been a fan ever since.
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    irh_1974 , September 7, 2011 3:46 PM
    167 million HDDs, that's a LOT of porn
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    lunyone , September 7, 2011 3:50 PM
    Love WD HD's. Have had a few issues with Seagate HD's in the last year or so, so I'm staying away from them at this point. Might score on the Samsung F3 1TB HD soon, before Seagate screws them up, but time will tell.
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    ZenithCS , September 7, 2011 4:11 PM
    I also had a few issues with Seagate HDDs but only with 7200.7 and 7200.11 series.
    Now I'm using both WD and Seagate in my system and they are pretty solid. Nothing has died on me yet.
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    inerax , September 7, 2011 4:16 PM
    I have many WD drives. like 15+. ranging from 10+ years old to 2 months old.

    I have never had a problem with ANY of them.

    Only problem i have is with the WD external drives. takes it apart, pull the HDD. working fine. their HDD's are great.
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    weatherdude , September 7, 2011 5:02 PM
    It looks like the hard drive market is consolidating into mainly two companies. That seems to be the way it goes in the PC component world. I wonder if it's a good thing for consumers.
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    eddieroolz , September 7, 2011 5:10 PM
    WD HDDs have been quite good for me so far. Only 1 failure while 3 Seagates failed in 5 months.
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    dalmvern , September 7, 2011 5:21 PM
    I think that WD does a better job marketing their product than their competitors. Aside from marketing, they are also huge in the external hard drive market so when you have a WD external hard drive, the first thought for the layman would be to buy a WD HDD.
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    captaincharisma , September 7, 2011 5:29 PM
    since my cheap option (maxtor) is gone. i have always stuck with WD drives. never had any problems with them at all. im staying away from seagate though
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    captaincharisma , September 7, 2011 5:32 PM
    weatherdudeIt looks like the hard drive market is consolidating into mainly two companies. That seems to be the way it goes in the PC component world. I wonder if it's a good thing for consumers.


    it has generally been that way for the last 5 years. everywhere you go you have only WD and seagate to choose from and rarely see any samsung or hitachi HDD unless you go online
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    ikyung , September 7, 2011 5:42 PM
    Been using WD for a while now. Only on my recent build have I picked up a couple F3's. I personally like both.
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    brandoncatz , September 7, 2011 7:08 PM
    captaincharismait has generally been that way for the last 5 years. everywhere you go you have only WD and seagate to choose from and rarely see any samsung or hitachi HDD unless you go online


    And 10-15 years ago I remember the 2 being WD and Maxtor, with Seagate being available but generally more expensive and harder to find.
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    ezareth , September 7, 2011 7:20 PM
    I've been using a pair of Raid 0 WD Velociraptors since they were launched in 2003. Never had a single issue and they still run my operating system partition.
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    brandoncatz , September 7, 2011 7:45 PM
    My WD Black 1TB just crapped out on me a couple of days ago after a little over a year. In any case, my Samsung F3 (x2 Raid 0) is working great so far... love Samsung.
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    noblerabbit , September 7, 2011 7:57 PM
    yep, I hear the new 2TB Samsung Spinpoint drives are extremely reliable, and are actually the least expensive. If you want pure raw dependability, forget both WD, Seagate and choose Hitachi.
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    captaincharisma , September 7, 2011 8:26 PM
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    YES ! Caviar Black power baby ! :p 


    i love my 1TB black caviar. but i was surprised when it gave me a low score on the windows experience index
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 7, 2011 8:47 PM
    Quote:
    Love WD HD's. Have had a few issues with Seagate HD's in the last year or so, so I'm staying away from them at this point. Might score on the Samsung F3 1TB HD soon, before Seagate screws them up, but time will tell.
    Hi. :hello:  I'm just like you,I love my Western Digital Hard Drive Discs & especially the Veloci Raptor :)  . That's as far as it goes though,because you will not see me getting samsung :pt1cable:  . Samsung is just a load of trouble if you ask me :fou:  . Although I have not tried their HDDs yet,but every thing else I have. Also I've tried seagate & I thought the same as you. :lol: 
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    AMD X6850 , September 7, 2011 9:46 PM
    captaincharismasince my cheap option (maxtor) is gone. i have always stuck with WD drives. never had any problems with them at all. im staying away from seagate though


    I've had both Maxtor drives that I have owned fail =D
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    ctmk , September 7, 2011 10:33 PM
    2 out of 5 WD Black reported critical smart error on me after 1 year of 24/7 use, luckily i got 1 to 1 exchange from WD. Always have backup on at least 2 HDD.
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