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HDD Industry Set for Return to Growth This Year

The destructive Thailand flood caused HDD shipments to decline by 4.5 percent in 2011 year-over-year, but 2012 is expected to bring 7.7 percent unit growth. IDC forecasts an average annual growth rate of 9.6 percent between 2011 and 2016.

"In many respects, the hard disk drive industry has collectively hit the 'reset' button," said John Rydning, an IDC research vice president in a prepared statement. "A reset of the HDD industry structure should allow for the remaining HDD industry participants to slowly reduce HDD prices from current levels at a rate that still delivers value to customers, while at the same time ensuring sufficient funding is available to develop new HDD technologies that are needed to improve HDD capacity, performance, reliability, power consumption, and security."

Long-term growth, however, will only be possible if the major HDD manufacturers will be able to evolve into storage device and storage solution suppliers that address more markets than they do now. IDC believes that client PC HDD revenue will substantially decline over the next few years, while HDD demand from personal storage, entry-level storage, and enterprise applications (combined) is predicted to increase. The market research firm said that enterprises will make up the lion's share of sales down the road.

The company also noted that the cost of SSDs is not yet at a level where these devices can be easily justified for integration in an average PC. The opportunity for HDD makers is to convince PC vendors that hybrid HDDs are the more cost effective solution over SSDs, IDC said.

  • dontcrosthestreams
    i still find it strange that one factory that made oem old school hdd's getting its parking lot flooded could cause all hdd and sdd's to double in price. For a year.
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  • warezme
    dontcrosthestreamsi still find it strange that one factory that made oem old school hdd's getting its parking lot flooded could cause all hdd and sdd's to double in price. For a year.Now you understand how the oil companies work.
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  • Pezcore27
    Good! Hopefully we see prices start to reflect this growth soon.
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  • alidan
    Pezcore27Good! Hopefully we see prices start to reflect this growth soon.
    lol, just checked the 4tb drive that i want, its down to 350$, 50 cheaper than initial price.
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  • icemunk
    I'm glad I bought my 1.5 TB and my two 1 TBs before the monopoly price fixing began. I refuse outright to pay $100+ for a 1TB harddrive when I was able to buy one for $49 in 2009.
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  • huron
    dontcrosthestreamsi still find it strange that one factory that made oem old school hdd's getting its parking lot flooded could cause all hdd and sdd's to double in price. For a year.
    I had heard that the actual clean rooms were flooded and they were the locations that made some of the drive heads.

    I'll agree with everyone else...not sure why it took so long to have the industry stabilize and get back to quasi-normal production.

    I'll be happy to see prices fall again.
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  • skaz
    I hope this brings back better pricing.
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  • edlivian
    I will not pay more than $70 for 2TB drive
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  • fudoka711
    icemunkI'm glad I bought my 1.5 TB and my two 1 TBs before the monopoly price fixing began. I refuse outright to pay $100+ for a 1TB harddrive when I was able to buy one for $49 in 2009.
    I was going to buy a new external 2tb drive as a backup last holiday season...expecting it to go on sale for like $89 or lower like we saw in 2010's holiday season...but no =(

    Now I have to wait til holiday 2012 to maybe see that price again...sigh
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  • e56imfg
    Hallelujah!!
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