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A new report from TRENDFOCUS shows that HDD shipments continue to plummet throughout 2022 reaching historic lows for the decades-old storage format. Combined totals from three of the industry’s biggest manufacturers show a decline upwards of 46.5 million units or a rough average of 45 million units in 2Q22. The largest drop occurred with 2.5-inch drives where orders were estimated to have dropped by as much as 40% quarter to quarter. Shipment numbers for 3.5-inch drives have mostly held flat with only a minor drop in the Enterprise sector but did show a lessened OEM demand.

VendorHDDs in millionQ/Q changeY/Y changeMarket share
Seagate19.80 – 20.60-13.8 – -10.4%-29.7% – -26.9%44.7%- 44.3%
Toshiba8.00 – 8.60-20.2%  – -14.3%-42.8% – -38.5%18.1% – 18.5%
WDC16.50 – 17.30-16.5% – -12.4%-34.6% – -31.4%37.2% – 37.2%
TOTAL44.30-46.50-16.0% – -11.9%-34.2% –  -31.0% 

A softening PC market along with a shift to flash-based technology is largely attributed to the decline in HDD sales. A recent executive brief from Microsoft directed OEMs to stop using hard drives as the boot drive which will likely push the number of HDD shipments even lower by 2023. Consumers continue to have access to larger storage capacities with HDDs but the advantages of SSDs often meet the needs of the majority of home users.

Source: Storage Newsletter (via Toms Hardware)

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Peter Brosdahl

As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my...

5 comments

  1. I'm not surprised with the proliferation of cloud storage where data density is much higher, consumers not needing 10+ TB of storage for all of their data. Ssd drives of any sort being so much faster... the land of platters is coming to a swift end.
  2. I'm one of the few "consumers" still buying hard drives, but I am only doing it for my NAS, and I am buying enterprise models.

    I don't understand why consumer hard drive models still exist.
  3. I don't understand why consumer hard drive models still exist.
    Exactly this, if you need a lot of space for a consumer I think you're probably maxing out around 2tb. (today)

    But if you need more than that you also understand your need is going to grow well beyond a piecemail step approach so you go NASA shopping. 20-40TB isn't unreasonable and for those you will shop the RED line or other enterprise class drives because access speed isn't such a big deal any more. You're more concerned about running them in a fire safe or the equivalent.
  4. I wouldn't mind swapping out my 4 x 6tb raid for a 2 x 20tb mirror.... but as long as the drives still work and I'm not out of space on the server yet....it's not worth the tiny electrical savings to "upgrade"

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