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IHS: Western Digital retakes HDD market lead in Q2, Thailand flood problems are now behind them

Western Digital retake HDD market lead, reports IHS
By Anthony Garreffa from Aug 29, 2012 @ 22:31 CDT

Seagate have enjoyed six month as the number one spot on the global HDD segment, only as Western Digital were still recovering from the floods in Thailand. But their time as number one has stopped, as Western Digital have recovered in Q2, according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief from information and analytics provider, IHS.


WD, including production from their acquired Hitachi GST, produced approximately 71 million HDDs in Q2, with revenues for WD reaching $4.8 billion, a new company record. Comparing this to Seagate, who shipped 65.9 million units in the same period, saw revenues of $4.5 billion, which was also a record for Seagate.

Total HDD shipments for Q2 reached 157 million units, up 8% from 145.1 million in Q1. WD took a 45% share of the shipments, Seagate were second with 42% and Toshiba wasn't entirely left out of the game taking the remaning 13%. Total HDD revenues for Q2 were $10.3 billion, up from $9.6 billion in Q1.


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