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Western Digital Regains HDD Market Lead in Q2

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Following Seagate, Western Digital has apparently recovered from the impact of the Thailand flood as well. As of Q2, the company has become the leading hard drive maker again.

According to IHS, the company built about 71.0 million HDDs during the quarter, ahead of Seagate, which manufactured 65.9 million devices. WD's revenue was $4.8 billion, while Seagate posted $4.5 billion of sales.

“Western Digital lost its No. 1 unit shipment ranking to Seagate in the fourth quarter of 2012 after flooding in Thailand damaged its HDD manufacturing facility,” said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS. “The company now has fully recovered from the disaster, allowing it to sharply increase shipments of HDDs for notebook PCs, up 28 percent from the first quarter. Western Digital is on track to retain the top spot in shipments and revenue for the third quarter.”

WD held a 45 percent market share in Q2, followed by Seagate with 42 percent. The distance to the only other remaining HDD maker, Toshiba, has grown as the company's production dropped from 20.6 million to 20.1 million drives and the market share declined to 13 percent.

 

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    Pennanen , August 28, 2012 7:35 PM
    ilysamlSo, WTF is wrong with HDD prices nowadays? And I remember that Toms posted news that it will recover in early 2014, now it says it has already recovered.

    Price fixing happened :D 
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    ilysaml , August 28, 2012 7:35 PM
    So, WTF is wrong with HDD prices nowadays? And I remember that Toms posted news that it will recover in early 2014, now it says it has already recovered.
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    ilysaml , August 28, 2012 7:35 PM
    So, WTF is wrong with HDD prices nowadays? And I remember that Toms posted news that it will recover in early 2014, now it says it has already recovered.
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    Pennanen , August 28, 2012 7:35 PM
    ilysamlSo, WTF is wrong with HDD prices nowadays? And I remember that Toms posted news that it will recover in early 2014, now it says it has already recovered.

    Price fixing happened :D 
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    computermania , August 28, 2012 7:46 PM
    WD would not have lost the lead in the first place if not for the Thailand flood.
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    DRosencraft , August 28, 2012 7:50 PM
    ilysamlSo, WTF is wrong with HDD prices nowadays? And I remember that Toms posted news that it will recover in early 2014, now it says it has already recovered.


    The article says that WD's production has recovered, not prices. Seagate never had a production problem in the traditional sense - they simply had to pick up the slack in the market left by WD. It'll take a while for prices to return to where they used to be because the supply deficit in the market has to even out, and then the previous oversupply builds up again (provided a traditional cycle persists).
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    ahnilated , August 28, 2012 7:59 PM
    Picking up the shipments and shipping quality products is another story. I have had 5/8 of my WD drives fail within the first 6 months. That should really put a company out of business imho.
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    kristi_metal , August 28, 2012 7:59 PM
    “Western Digital lost its No. 1 unit shipment ranking to Seagate in the fourth quarter of 2012 after flooding in Thailand damaged its HDD manufacturing facility,”

    I think it should be "in the fourth quarter of 2011", we are not yet in the 4th quarter of 2012 :) 
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    sheepsnowadays , August 28, 2012 8:03 PM
    HDD's are still too overpriced. I remember buying my 500GB 7200rpm WD Black for $49.99 last year. I can only dream of buying another one near this price.
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    pharoahhalfdead , August 28, 2012 8:06 PM
    kristi_metal“Western Digital lost its No. 1 unit shipment ranking to Seagate in the fourth quarter of 2012 after flooding in Thailand damaged its HDD manufacturing facility,”I think it should be "in the fourth quarter of 2011", we are not yet in the 4th quarter of 2012


    Haha, you beat beat me. I was confused about the "fourth quarter" comment as well.
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2012 9:04 PM
    500GB disks are not going to be 49.99 anymore. Its the 2-3TB disks that are starting to hit the sweet spot again.
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    drwho1 , August 28, 2012 10:31 PM
    sheepsnowadaysHDD's are still too overpriced. I remember buying my 500GB 7200rpm WD Black for $49.99 last year. I can only dream of buying another one near this price.


    Pffft, I remember 2TB hard drives for $79 dollars just a few days before this fiasco.
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    tomfreak , August 28, 2012 11:57 PM
    NO buy HDD until they return to pre-flood price level
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    lpedraja2002 , August 29, 2012 2:34 AM
    Dang things are still way too expensive. The last Hard Drive I bought was a Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB for like $70 on ebay.
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    madjimms , August 29, 2012 3:00 AM
    Used to be able to get 2x1TB for RAID @ less than $100. :-(
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    chewy1963 , August 29, 2012 3:21 AM
    kristi_metal“Western Digital lost its No. 1 unit shipment ranking to Seagate in the fourth quarter of 2012 after flooding in Thailand damaged its HDD manufacturing facility,”I think it should be "in the fourth quarter of 2011", we are not yet in the 4th quarter of 2012


    Is it asking too much for these articles to be proofread? I mean isn't Wolfgang supposed to be a 'professional journalist'?
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    alidan , August 29, 2012 3:39 AM
    give me a 4tb at 200$ and i will bite... they are getting close... so deliciously close.
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    pencilcat , August 29, 2012 4:26 AM
    Q4 2012 for WD's financial year may or may not align with Q4 2012 of the regular calendar year. As far as I am aware, the article is correct in this case.
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    flank21 , August 29, 2012 4:42 AM
    good, now they can start lowering the prices of hard drives
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    rb420 , August 29, 2012 4:55 AM
    alidangive me a 4tb at 200$ and i will bite... they are getting close... so deliciously close.


    western digital 3tb is available locally here for $150. on par with your $50/tb

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    alidan , August 29, 2012 6:40 AM
    rb420western digital 3tb is available locally here for $150. on par with your $50/tb


    i need the 4tb so i can replace all 5 hdds i have in use currently, and have some left over space.

    still though, its nice to know that other hdds are getting lower in price.
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    outlw6669 , August 29, 2012 8:43 AM
    Great, now just release your 4TB Green drives so I can finally upgrade my server >.
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