Hard Disk Drives Sales in 2013, SSDs Overtake The Storage Market

Switching From Traditional Devices and Storage

Hard disk sales drop. More people are switching from using traditional computers to using smartphones and tablets for various computing tasks. These new technologies use a different type of drive for data storage, the solid state drive, or SSD. Because of this, many industry experts are foretelling a substantial drop in hard disk sales in 2013.

Solid State Drives Versus Hard Disk Drives

Hard Disk Drives Versus Solid State Drives.

A report by marketing firm iSuppli predict an 11.8 percent drop in the hard disk drive market in 2013. However, the hard drive market is huge, with sales of $37.1 billion in 2012. This is expected to drop to around $32.7 billion in 2013. This is a substantial decrease, but it doesn’t quite signal the death knell for the hard disk.

March 2015, Solid State Drive Price Drops Expected

Recent addition by eProvided staff March 26, 2015. It is expected that in 2015 pricing for 240GB Solid State Drives could drop to as low as $69.99. According to Digitimes, a technology website, Apacer general manager CK Chang feels the price for a 256GB Solid State Disk will fall below $69.99 in the later half of 2015. He also mentions that 128GB SSD’s will reach $39.99.

The reason for the price swings lower? NAND flash memory vendors are transitioning to the smaller 14nm technology. Production expense decreases are the culprit. This is good for the consumer.

Hard Disk Storage, Still The Least Costly Vs. SSD

Hard drives are still the least expensive type of storage per gigabyte. Current laptop and notebook computers use a hybrid drive, or will pair a hard disk with an SSD. This is to balance cost with the energy efficiency, durability and performance inherent in an SSD.

SSD Still Too Costly – But Rapid Price Changes Are Coming

But an SSD is still too costly for data intensive uses. Cloud storage, data server farms and virtual servers all still depend on hard disks to function. This is helping to add some stability to the hard drive market. Other concerns arise when these solid state hard disks fail. eProvided warns that drive failures can become costly with this new storage technology. Have questions you have about SSD drive recovery, we can help you plan ahead.

However, the iSuppli report indicates that the use of external hard disk drives on an individual level is likely to drop. Rather than rely on an external hard drive for extra storage or backup, cloud storage and Internet based backup solutions may replace external hard drives by the end of the decade.

Cost Per Gigabyte To Decrease

Due to lower consumer demand, it is possible that we will see a decrease in the cost per gigabyte for hard drives. However, since consumer demand for newer, bigger and more efficient devices is still present, there might not be too much of a drop. Manufacturers keep prices higher to fund research and development of new products.

The quick and large commoditization of PCs, smartphones, tablets and cellular phones create memory chip (NAND) prices to drop over time. Improvements in speed over this past decade is massive. Price declines and growing competition in new storage is good for the consumer.

With a continued decline in the use of hard disk drives we can expect manufacturing costs for SSDs to escalate lower. Toshiba recently purchased the assets from OCZ Technology. Expect more mergers and acquisitions going forward.

SSD Vs. Hard Disk, Hard Disks See Drop in Consumer Appeal

As older hard drives near the end of their useful lives, the trend may be to replace them with SSDs. But even though the drive itself is wearing out, the data contained on the drive will still continue to be valuable. If the drive happens to fail before it is replaced, a data recovery specialist can help to transfer the data from the old hard drive to a new SSD. Individuals and companies store billions of dollars of irreplaceable information on their current hard drives. While the hard drive may be replaceable, the data contained on it is not.

Data Loss & New Technology

Remember that newer technology creates new problems. If you suffer data loss on an SSD or hard disk, you might find that SSD’s are harder to tackle. Retrieving lost data from these drives is more difficult due to the nature of this new technology. Contact a global leader in recovering lost images and files if you find yourself in a pinch. With this new technology you can be educated and have a plan ready. That is if disaster strikes.

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