Recent price cuts which have brought consumer costs closer to pre-flood levels than ever before certainly can’t be helping the bean counters, however they also mentioned that demand for hard drives was “muted”. The company expects to maintain its 40 percent market share with around 140 million units sold, however nobody in the spinning disk industry wants to hear growth has stalled.
Low cost mechanical drives will have a place in data centers for years if not decades to come, but could consumers be accounting for the discrepancy? Tablets and Ultrabooks rarely ship with traditional hard disk drives, and seem to be all the rage these days. It’s also possible capacities have reached a point where the average consumer simply can’t fill a 2TB drive, and thus rarely need more.
Anyone else care to theorize?
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