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Hard disk capacity surges in the Middle East

Almost one-third of desktop PCs in the Middle East are packing over 20 Gbytes of hard disk space, according to new research from ITP.net.

Plummetting prices and new storage-hungry applications are pushing Middle East PC users into buying more and more hard disk space.

Over half of all visitors to ITP.net in August say they have over 15 Gbytes of disk space at their disposal in their desktop PCs. The sweet spot for the market this time last year was only 10 Gbytes, according to similar research.

Home PCs are likely to have even more storage on board, suggests Robin Duff, editor of Windows User Magazine. "The need for additional storage space for office desktops is mostly driven by ever-expanding applications and databases. At home, it is driven more by people downloading large files like music and video from the Internet," he said.

The relatively small percentage of ITP.net visitors with less than 5 Gbytes of disk space points to the fact that most people are running PCs that are less than two years old. "Spending on PCs has increased dramatically in the Middle East over the past two years and people tend to go for the best configuration they can afford, rather than selecting the leanest configuration they can get away with for their requirements," explaind Duff. "It has been possible to buy a very well equipped PC for under $1000 for some time in this region, and this is what the market is gravitating towards," he added.

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