January 24, 2008

Storage Update: Notebook drive market remains active

Desktop Drives
There has been little change in pricing for mainstream IDE/SATA drives since last month. The demand remains steady for SATA HDDs in the 250 GB through 400 GB capacities. Meanwhile, as manufacturers discontinue or slow production of the lower-capacity desktop IDE drives, we are seeing a spike in demand for the 40 GB through 160 GB HDDs. This is both part-number specific, as with the model WD400BBs, and capacity specific, especially in the 40 GB and 80 GB HDDs.

Notebook Drives
The notebook drive market remains active. There continues to be strong demand for 2.5” SATA HDDs in the 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB capacities. Open-market pricing varies by as much as $10/unit among same spec drives from different manufacturers. The 2.5” IDE market remains strong as well, specifically for the 40 GB, 60 GB and 80 GB 5400 RPM HDDs, although the lower-capacity, lower RPM HDDs volume has yet to drop off, with pricing remaining relatively stable month over month.

Server Drives
SATA drives continue to overtake SCSI in the server space. Their higher available capacities and lower cost make them attractive alternatives. The mainstream capacities range from 400 GB to 750 GB. There has been little, if any, demand for 1 TB drives as of this update. There is part-number-specific service demand for ST373207LC/LW and ST3300007LC/LW.

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