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AIOs To Drive 2.5-inch HDD Growth

El Segundo, Calif. – All-in-one (AIO) desktop computer
hard-disk-drive (HDD) growth area is expected to shift to the smaller 2.5-inch
disks, according to IHS iSuppli.

The research firm said the change is due to the growing
number of AIO PCs that require a thinner HDD. The AIO HDD market is now and
will remain dominated by 3.5-inch drives.

IHS is forecasting 1 million smaller HDDs will ship for AIOs
in 2013, up from zero this year. The number will climb steadily, reaching 7
million shipping per year by 2016. However, despite this growth, 2.5-inch
shipments will still lag far behind the number of 3.5-inch drives shipping for
use in AIOs. IHS expects 24 million 3.5-inch models to ship this year, growing
to 31 million in 2016.

Even though 2.5-inch HDD growth will remain much smaller,
IHS believes the AIO category gives this drive category new room for growth
outside of its traditional space in the laptop and external hard-drive