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Disk drive shipments rebound from Thai floods

Lucas Mearian | Oct. 1, 2012
A year after a flooding disaster in Thailand took out a large portion of hard disk drive production, the industry has fully recovered with shipments to the computer market expected to hit a record level this year.

Hard drives sales will also get a boost from ultrabooks, including machines that use hybrid drives, which combine spinning disk with solid state storage. Those drive shipments are flat now but will take off in the fourth quarter of this years, according to IHS.

This past year, Seagate, which had been the only maker of hybrid drives for laptops, was joined by Western Digital and Toshiba. Both companies announced they expect to ship products next year.

The Windows 8 launch and ultrabooks are "believed to be the best hope by the beleaguered PC sector to take on smartphones and tablets such as the iPad from Apple Inc.," IHS stated.



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