Report: Brace Yourself for a Hard Drive Shortage

Paul Lilly

Our storage needs aren't shrinking by any means. Games are getting bigger, our music and movies collection keeps growing, we have media players, NAS boxes, and, well, you get the idea. Despite solid state drives taking over as the sexy boot option, we suspect the market for beefy and affordable hard drives will stick around for a long time yet. That said, if you're in need of more storage, you might be better served by pulling the trigger now rather than waiting until the last minute.

According to news and rumor site DigiTimes , there's a good chance there will be a global shortage of hard drives in the second half of 2011. After the devastating earthquake in Japan earlier this year, both Texas Instruments and Renasas Electronics, two major suppliers of HDD chips, have their Japan factories back up and running at full steam. The reason for the predicted shortage, however, is that they'll need to have their products recertified,and that will serve as a bottleneck in the production process. On top of it all, DigiTimes says hard drive demand typically peaks in the third quarter.

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