A year after the flooding in Thailand devastated the hard disk drive (HDD) industry, production has returned to normal levels, according to IHS iSuppli. In fact, HDD shipments to the computer market are expected to reach record levels by the end of the year.
This year, HDD shipments to the computer market are forecast to rise 4.3 percent from last year, to 524 million units, the research firm said in a press release. Demand from the enterprise market and the release of Windows 8 are behind the uptick.
The increase “is the result of greater demand from the consumer and enterprise PC segments, both of which continue to clamor for disk space in order to hold storage-intensive media like music, videos and other forms of social media content,” Fang Zhang, analyst for storage systems at IHS iSuppli, said in the release. “As downloadable media content becomes more readily accessible and affordable, so will the quest for storage space continue in order to satisfy unremitting demand.”
HDD manufacturing and component supply have completely recovered from the Thailand floods, Zhang said. HDD shipments are expected to continue to rise through 2016. According to IHS iSuppli, demand will be driven by nearly all segments of the computer market, including desktops, notebooks, enterprise servers, and storage systems. Ultrabooks will also give the market a boost.