A recent report from the analytics firm trendodak confirmed Substantial drop in hard drive sales for PCs and laptops in 2022. According to the data, traditional HDD shipments fell 42.5% last year (about 35 million units).

In the fourth quarter of 2022 alone, there was a cut in shipments of between 10 and 11 million units. For analysts, enterprise cloud storage services are the main driver of declining demand for hard disk drives.

incoming data trendodak indicates that 3.5-inch hard drives for desktop computers are declining by single-digit percentages. While not a bad result, it is quite different from the recovery that sellers expected.

Meanwhile, 2.5-inch HDD models saw a 15% recovery in the last quarter of 2022. However, analysts believe this is a reflection of the increase in purchases during the period holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas).

according to the report trendodak, the hard drive industry should not “survive” further declines in the coming years. As a result, traditional memory components are expected to become an obsolete technology soon.

In addition, 500GB HDD and SSD models have achieved price parity in the international market. Together, 96% of laptops manufactured in 2023 are expected to leave the factory with robust storage units.

Seagate was one of the hardest hit HDD manufacturers in 2022.

Most affected companies

The decline in hard drive demand affected the three major manufacturers in the segment. Largely impressed, Seagate saw HDD shipments fall by as much as 43.7% in 2022.

WDC also saw demand for storage units drop 43% over the same period. “Slightly less affected” by its competitors, Toshiba experienced a decline in demand for products by up to 39.3%.

Source: Tec Mundo

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