October 18, 2007

Shortage of 80 GB desktop HDDs continues

Desktop Drives
The shortage of 80 GB desktop HDDs continues. Distribution pricing for 80 GB SATA and IDE HDDs is currently $40–$41, with limited availability. As a result, we are observing a spike in demand for the higher-capacity HDDs, especially 160 GB SATAs, with prices trending higher across the board.

Notebook Drives
Demand at the production level remains in the 80 GB to 160 GB SATA 5400 RPM range. There is no apparent shortage and activity is steady. The lower-capacity drives remain liquid in the 20 GB to 60 GB range. There is little price difference between 20 GB and 30 GB capacities. This is also true for 4200 RPM and 5400 RPM speeds of a same-capacity HDD. Generally, pricing has remained constant month to month.

Server Drives
We continue to see increased demand for 250 GB to 500 GB SATA HDDs for enterprise applications. Therefore, activity in the SCSI market is light. Open-market pricing discrepancies among different brands is growing, with Seagate carrying a premium.

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