Against all odds, HDD & SSD shipments are up



Against all odds, HDD & SSD shipments are up.

[newsimage][/newsimage]Total shipments for storage devices grew this summer despite the catastrophic earthquake in Japan earlier this year according to research firm IHS iSuppli. However, that doesn't mean major HDD manufacturers such as Seagate and Western Digital can put on their party hats; profitability for the market leaders has simultaneously declined.

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Western Digital is more aggressive than Seagate at slashing prices! The hitachi brand alone is responsible for dumping 2tb hard drives onto the usa market for as low as $60! 3tb drives are approaching $99 (lowest see recently is $110). This is all the while Seagate drives have around a 40% price premium at $149.

The discouraging news is the hard drive makers are MUM on when 4tb hard drives will be around… or even 3.5tb as an interim boost in capacity. I also hope drives get faster read/write times because long formats are going to get even longer and 2+ day formats don’t make for a happy customer!