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Thursday, 03 November 2011 09:51

HDD shortage to get worse

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Could last up to six months


While Thailand is struggling to contain floodwaters from inundating the country’s low lands, including the capital Bangkok, the immense scale of the disaster is already starting to have an effect on industrial output.

Although the flooding is expected to subside within weeks, the cleanup effort will continue long after the water recedes. Worse, it will take hard drive makers months before they start to catch up on missed orders and restore normal supply timetables.

IDC and iSuppli believe the floods will result in a 25 percent to 28 percent overall market shortage over the next six months. Western Digital seems to be the hardest hit hard drive maker. IDC estimates that up to 75 percent of the company’s production will temporarily shut down.

Overall, Q4 hard drive shipments are expected to decline to 125 million from 173 million in Q3. For the average consumer this translates into higher prices and IDC expects hard drive prices to go up by about 10 percent in Q4. However, as we reported yesterday, prices have shot up well beyond 10 percent.

In addition, iSuppli believes the issue could also affect notebook production in early 2012.

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0 #1 Jigar 2011-11-03 11:07
Now they want to mint money.
 
 
0 #2 Exodite 2011-11-03 11:49
Considering that the prices here have already tripled I'm going to go out on a limb and say that 10% is an underestimation .
 
 
0 #3 The_Countess 2011-11-03 13:02
Quoting Exodite:
Considering that the prices here have already tripled I'm going to go out on a limb and say that 10% is an underestimation .


i see a few stores where the price has tippled but if you shop around the price increase shouldn't be more then 50%.

still, a lot more then 10%.
 
 
+2 #4 Memristor 2011-11-03 13:20
If the outage lasts for six month we could soon see a price advantage for SSD's. Certain drives already dipped below $1 per GB and Harddrive prices climbing fast. Even if the SDD is still double the price of the rotating kind the advantages of the SSD would make up for the difference.
 
 
0 #5 nforce4max 2011-11-03 14:28
Quoting The_Countess:
Quoting Exodite:
Considering that the prices here have already tripled I'm going to go out on a limb and say that 10% is an underestimation .


i see a few stores where the price has tippled but if you shop around the price increase shouldn't be more then 50%.

still, a lot more then 10%.


Prices where I am went up 90% compared to what I payed a few months ago for the same drives. US non the less.
 
 
0 #6 freebird26 2011-11-03 14:50
Yeah, 300% is more like it... Thank God I did buy my 5 x 2TB 5900RPM Hitachi HDDs this summer for my Windows 2011 Home Server. Paid approx $60 each after rebate.

Now Nu Egg has them listed at $229/each.

OUCH!!!
 
 
+3 #7 noel1993 2011-11-03 17:02
I've read all the manufacturers supplied themselfes in those few factories in Thailand. Can I ask WHAT KIND OF MORRON locates majority of global production in one place ? WD should go bankrupt to set an example for others.
 
 
0 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-11-03 17:10
Quoting noel1993:
Can I ask...



Manufacturing locations are dependent on a lot of factors, one of them being cheap labor and we know how cheap that is in Asia. Also, the natural disasters are always put as least-to-expect phenomenons, thus companies don't plan for them... well, except GF. It's in their name to do it.
 
 
+1 #9 freebird26 2011-11-03 18:35
Well, a big part of problem with the Thailand/Bangkok area has been known about for years. According to a NPR radio report I heard last week. Since most of Bangkok is only about 2 meters above sea level a lot of the massive expansion/construction is occurring in the flood plan areas (probably cheaper) and nobody cares until there is a bad flood like now... of course someone probably got promoted for what seems like an idiotic choice (building all this manufacturing in the flood plain) now.
 

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