Hard Drive Shipments to Slip in Third Quarter, Blame Europe

Paul Lilly

Hard drive makers living high on the hog will find themselves in a bit of rut in the second half of 2010, which sources say is the result of Europe's ongoing bond crisis. Both third and fourth quarter HDD shipments are now expected to be 5-10 percent lower than originally forecast.

This is the same time period that's traditionally been considered the peak season for the IT industry, but hard drive makers are already starting to feel the pinch. Citing a research firm's figures, shipments once expected to reach 165 million units in the second quarter have now been reduced to 152-155 million.

If there's a silver lining, it's that 2010 has been particularly strong overall. Even though none of the HDD players are likely to reach their original shipment goals for the second half of 2010, shipments for the entire year should still end up seeing growth compared to 2009.

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