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  • Western Digital Wins the Hard Disk Drive Battle for 2010 0 comments
    Mar 7, 2011 10:31 AM

    The HDD market recorded a growth of 17.1% in unit shipments to 653.5 million units in 2010, according to a report by The Information Network The Hard Disk Drive Industry: Market Analysis and Processing Trends



    Market share of Hard Disk Drive Manufacturers


    2009 Market Share (Units)

    2010 Market Share (Units)



















     Total Units

    558.3 million

    653.5 million

    Source: The Information Network


    The market for 2010, as in 2009, was about product mix.  Western Digital (NYSE:WDC), which has focused on non-desktop applications, primarily the 2.5-inch form factor for mobile and CE, took over the lead in 2010 from Seagate (NASDAQ:STX), which has focused on the desktop and the enterprise markets. In 2010, mobile PCs grew 29% while desktop PCs grew only 8%.

    In the mobile HDD sector, Western Digital led the 2010 market with a 27.5% share followed by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HIT) with a 26.0% share and Seagate with a 20.4% share. 

    The acquisition of HIT will lead to complete domination of the HDD market by WDC.


    Media Tablets, already cannibalizing Netbooks and Smartbooks, will impact Hard Disk Drive sales as units contain Solid State Drives (SSDs) instead of HDD.

    More than 54 million media tablets will sell in 2011, each containing a solid state drive (NYSE:SSD) instead of a hard disk drive (HDD).  The HDD market, already reeling from more than 17 million media tablets sold in 2010, will be impacted by the displacement of HDD-based notebook PCs by media tablets.


    In 2011, media tablets are expected to penetrate the entire global community, thereby impacting PC sales and hence HDDs sales in other geographic regions.  In 2014, according to the report, the Asia-Pacific region will account for more than 50% of media tablet sales. 

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