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Seagate Still Top HDD Shipper

3/22/2010 04:16:00 PM Eastern
El Segundo, Calif. - Seagate barely retained its first-place ranking among hard-disk-drive manufacturers for the fourth quarter of 2009, just fending off Western Digital, according to an iSuppli report.

iSuppli stated that Seagate shipped 49.9 million units during the quarter, compared with WD's 49.5 million. This gave Seagate 31 percent of the market share to WD's 30 percent. 

Western Digital was unable to supplant its longtime rival despite boosting shipments by 12 percent in the quarter, while Seagate managed just an 8 percent increase sequentially, compared with the third quarter of 2009.

iSuppli storage analyst Fang Zhan, expects Seagate to retain its first-place position for the first quarter of 2010.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies was a distant third, shipping 25.2 million units for 16 percent of the market.

Toshiba/Fujitsu and Samsung Electronics closed out the top five, with 13 percent and 9 percent of the HDD market share, respectively.

iSuppli Table: Top 5 HDD Manufacturers in Q4 2009 (Ranking by Shipments in Millions of Units)

Rank Company Name Q4 '09 Shipped Units  Q4 '09 Market Share
1 Seagate Technology 49.9 31%
2 Western Digital Corp. 49.5 30%
3 Hitachi Global Storage Technologies  25.2 16%
4 Toshiba/Fujitsu 21.0 13%
5 Samsung Electronics 14.6 9%
  Others 2.3 1%
  Total 162.5 100.00%

* Applies to Toshiba alone as merger with Fujistu had not yet occurred.
Source: iSuppli Corp. March 2010

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