Flooding in Thailand interrupts HDD supplies
By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
Suppliers in the UK and around the world have had their allocation of hard disk drives for the next quarter cancelled, driving up prices and creating an opportunity for solid state drive suppliers.
The shipments have been cancelled as a result of the severe flooding in Thailand, as all three large suppliers - Seagate, Hitachi GST and Western Digital assembly plants have had to close. This is driving up prices by at least 20% for traditional drives. Because SSDs are a less mature market and require less precision assembly they have been unaffected, bringing prices closer together.