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Forecast Analysis: Hard-Disk Drives, Worldwide, 2Q15 Update

Published: 18 September 2015

ID: G00273901

Analyst(s): John Monroe


Despite incursions from competitive technologies, HDDs will remain the primary repositories for digital data. Gartner foresees a negative 2.9% compound annual HDD shipment growth rate from 2014 through 2019, but vendor revenue (up 0.3%) and petabytes delivered (up 21.1%) continue to expand.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Forecast Data

Market Impact

  • Market Segment Highlights
    • 1.8-Inch and 2.5-Inch Mobile HDDs: Negatively Impacted by Tepid PC Demand and Growing Incursions of SSDs in PC OEM Markets
    • 3.5-Inch PC-Grade and Consumer-Grade HDDs: Negatively Impacted by Tepid PC Demand and Growing Incursions of SSDs in PC OEM Markets
    • 2.5-Inch SFF and 3.5-Inch Business-Critical (Capacity-Optimized) HDDs: Steady Demand, but Disappointing Growth
    • 2.5-Inch SFF and 3.5-Inch Mission-Critical (Performance-Optimized) HDDs: Surprising Upticks and Solid Current Demand


  • Global Macroeconomic, Geopolitical, Demographic, Lifestyle and Cultural Factors
  • Mobile and Desk-Based PC Shipments and Evolving Demand
  • Demand From Non-PC OEM Markets and Upgrade, Replacement and Retail PC Aftermarkets
  • Enterprise Server and Storage System Shipments and Evolving Demand

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