Is the hard drive dying?
12 million fewer hard drives shipped: In the second quarter, the number of HDDs sold fell drastically. Does the classic hard drive still have a future?
Sales of HDDs (Hard Disk Drives) have been declining for several years. They are being increasingly replaced by faster SSDs (Solid State Drives). In the second quarter of this year, the decline in shipped hard drives was again particularly high.
As trendfocus loud “Storage Newsletter” found out in an evaluation that the number of mass storage devices shipped by the manufacturers Seagate, Toshiba and WDC (Western Digital) fell by 31 to 34 percent compared to the previous year. In absolute figures, this should correspond to a decrease of around 12 million hard disks still come to a number of around 45 million hard disks per quarter.
In particular, shipments of mobile 2.5-inch hard drives fell sharply. Here the decline is more than 40 percent compared to the first quarter of 2022. But the picture is not rosy for desktop HDDs either (-30% compared to Q1).
In the end consumer market, the HDD seems to have a niche existence, if not an early end is inevitable. Fewer and fewer new hard drives are being sold, old models are gradually being replaced by SSDs.
Things are different in the business sector at the moment. Trendfocus found only a slight decline in enterprise HDDs, which could already be explained by falling memory demand from sales partners and ongoing supply chain problems.
The hard drive is not experiencing a renaissance in any area. As a mass storage solution in the corporate sector, however, it seems to have at least a few years ahead of it.
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