We’ve been keeping you up to date on the effects of the Thailand floods on the hard drive market as we’ve received news of the situation: both Western Digital and Seagate, the world’s largest suppliers of HDDs, have been forced to halt or cut back on production as the waters rose around their factories. HDD prices are already expected to rise over the next year as a result. Now, add Toshiba to the list of impacted companies – and its flood damage is so severe that it doesn’t plan on opening the facility again anytime soon.
According to a Toshiba announcement, its HDD facility in Navanakorn Industrial Estate Zone, Pathumtani, Thailand, has been severely flooded, with over 3 feet of standing water throughout the building. Although none of the employees were injured in the deluge, the facilities inside were damaged. “With the water at its current level, we anticipate a long-term shutdown,” the announcement proclaims. “The date of resumption of operation is unpredictable.”
Like we’ve said previously, if you think you might be in the market for a HDD sometime soon, it may be a good idea to go and get it now while the getting is cheap.