Where Does Seagate Stand in the Global HDD Market?


Aug. 31 2017, Updated 7:37 a.m. ET

Over 96 million HDDs shipped in 2Q17

Trendfocus has estimated global HDD (hard-disk drive) shipments between 96 million and 98 million in calendar 2Q17. This space continues to be dominated by three major players: Western Digital (WDC), Seagate (STX), and Japan’s (EWJ) Toshiba (TOSYY). But Trendfocus has also estimated a YoY (year-over-year) shipment fall of between 0.6% and 2.6% in 2Q17.

According to Trendfocus, 3.5-inch desktop HDD shipments fell YoY to 33 million–34 million units in 2Q17, while the sales of 2.5-inch mobile HDDs were impacted by softer notebook demand and offset by an increase in gaming HDDs.

There were ~48 million units of 2.5-inch mobile HDDs shipped in 2Q17. Enterprise HDDs fell sequentially for the third-straight quarter in 2Q17 to ~15 million–16 million units.

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WDC continues to lead the HDD market

Western Digital continues to lead the HDD market, with an estimated market share of between 39.8% and 40.1%. Seagate’s market share is estimated to be between 36.7% and 37%, followed by Toshiba’s 22.9%–23.5% share.

Notably, while WDC leads the mobile HDD market, Seagate has a market share of ~50% in enterprise HDDs.


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