WD regains hard drive market lead

The manufacturer produced 71 million HDD units in the second quarter; it made $4.8 billion in revenue for the period

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WD regains hard drive market lead WD produced 71 million HDD units in the second quarter.
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  September 3, 2012

Western Digital has regained the pole position in the hard drive segment, after losing it six months ago because of the Thai flooding.

WD took the lead in Q2, from arch-rival Seagate. The manufacturer produced 71 million HDD units in Q2 and included production from Hitachi GST, which WD acquired earlier in the year. WD's revenue amounted to $4.8 billion. Seagate produced 65.9 million hard disk units in the same period, with revenue reaching $4.5 billion.

"Western Digital lost its No. 1 unit shipment ranking to Seagate in the fourth quarter of 2012 after flooding in Thailand damaged its HDD manufacturing facility," said Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS.

"The company now has fully recovered from the disaster, allowing it to sharply increase shipments of HDDs for notebook PCs, up 28 percent from the first quarter. Western Digital is on track to retain the top spot in shipments and revenue for the third quarter."

Total HDD shipments in Q2 totalled 157 million units, an increase of eight percent from 145.1 million in the first quarter. WD had the biggest shipment share at nearly 45 percent followed by rival Seagate at 42 percent. Toshiba ended up with 13 percent of the market. Total revenue for Q2 was $10.3 billion compared to $9.6 billion in Q1.


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