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Seagate Top HDD Shipper

7/20/2006 02:29:00 PM Eastern

El Segundo, Calif. — Seagate continued to lead the hard-disk-drive market by shipping 29.4 million drives during the first quarter, a lead that will only grow when the company adds the 12 million drives shipped by the recently acquired Maxtor to its total, according to the research firm iSuppli.

Worldwide HDD shipments were 101.7 million, up 16.5 percent, compared with the same period in 2005; however, shipments were slightly lower than the 103.4 million that took place during the fourth quarter of 2005. Total shipments exceeded iSuppli’s HDD forecast by about 1 percent.

“The stronger-than-expected HDD sales in the first quarter were driven by demand from the mobile PC and consumer electronics markets,” said Krishna Chander, iSuppli’s senior storage analyst.

Western Digital remained the second largest HDD vendor, with 18.8 million units shipped, followed by Hitachi GST, Maxtor and Toshiba.

 
Q4 2005 Rank Q1 2006 Rank Company Name Q1 2006 Shipments (Thousands of Units) Q1 2006 Market Share Q4 2005 Shipments (Thousands of Units) Q4 2005 Market Share
1 1 Seagate 29450 0.289644116 28820 0.27877463
2 2 WDC 18800 0.184900149 18100 0.175080527
3 3 Hitachi GST 14654 0.144123765 16780 0.162312224
4 4 Maxtor 12075 0.118759005 13599 0.131542547
5 5 Toshiba 9460 0.093040181 10330 0.099921649
6 6 Samsung 8727.5 0.08583596 7750 0.074965419
7 7 Fujitsu 6890 0.067763938 6352 0.061442625
8 8 Excelstor 1260 0.012392244 1050 0.010156605
9 9 Cornice 360 0.003540641 400 0.003869183
10 10 GS MagicStore 0 0 200 0.001934591
  Others 0 0 0 0
   
    Total 101676.5 1 103381 1
Source: iSuppli Corp. July 2006