Hard drive shipments have almost halved in 2022

Hard drive shipments have almost halved in 2022

Hard drive shipments in 2022 have almost halved compared to 2021. This emerges from a current report by the analysis agency Trendfocus, to which the Tom’s Hardware portal refers. The most notable declines were seen at industry leaders Seagate and Western Digital.

    Image source: Seagate

Image source: Seagate

Seagate’s HDD shipments fell 43.7% year over year last year, while Western Digital’s shipments fell 43.0%. In third place was Toshiba, whose hard drive shipments fell 39.3% in 2022. At the same time, the total volume of global hard disk shipments fell by 42.5% last year to around 35 to 36 million HDDs.

    Image source: Tom's Hardware

Image source: Tom’s Hardware

Analysts note that 2022 saw a significant drop in demand for new hard drives in the corporate cloud storage segment. In the fourth quarter of last year, 10-11 million fewer HDDs were bought here than in the same period last year.

A 1% drop in 3.5-inch hard drive shipments didn’t change the big picture much. Unfortunately, the increase in deliveries expected by the HDD manufacturers by the fourth quarter did not materialize in this segment. However, by the end of the year, 2.5-inch hard drive shipments were up 15%.

According to analysts, in 2022 92% of laptops sold were equipped with SSDs. According to experts, this figure will rise to 96% in 2023.

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