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Global shipments of hard disk drives (HDD) from 4th quarter 2010 to 3rd quarter 2019
(in millions)
Global hard disk drive (HDD) shipments 2010-2019, by quarter
This statistic shows global shipment figures for hard disk drives since the fourth quarter of 2010. In the third quarter of 2019, around 83 million hard disk drives were shipped worldwide. A hard disk drive (HDD) is a data storage device which is used for storing and retrieving digital information. It is a form of non-volatile memory, meaning that it retains its data even when unpowered. The technology was first introduced by IBM in 1956 and it has been the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers since the 1960s. The main competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs). HDDs are expected to remain the most used secondary storage because of a greater recording capacity, a better price per unit of storage, and a longer product lifetime. The advantages offered by SSDs over HDDs is that they are faster, generally more durable, and consume less power.
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Sources

Release date

October 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Represents an average of preliminary estimates.
Shipments in Q4 2011 decreased due to the Thailand floods of October 2011. At the time, most of the industry's production facilities were located in Thailand.

Global hard disk drive (HDD) shipments 2010-2019, by quarter
This statistic shows global shipment figures for hard disk drives since the fourth quarter of 2010. In the third quarter of 2019, around 83 million hard disk drives were shipped worldwide. A hard disk drive (HDD) is a data storage device which is used for storing and retrieving digital information. It is a form of non-volatile memory, meaning that it retains its data even when unpowered. The technology was first introduced by IBM in 1956 and it has been the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers since the 1960s. The main competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs). HDDs are expected to remain the most used secondary storage because of a greater recording capacity, a better price per unit of storage, and a longer product lifetime. The advantages offered by SSDs over HDDs is that they are faster, generally more durable, and consume less power.
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