Japanese quake sparks hard drive warning

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Japanese quake sparks hard drive warning

Simon Quicke

The Japanese earthquake has already caused numerous component manufacturing plants to close or reduce their output and the implications for the storage industry are starting to be felt.

Earlier this week the reduction in capacity by 50% of the main wafer plants was seen as having a major impact on memory production and there are warnings that hard drives are going to be hit.

"We are already seeing major corporates advancing their storage purchases as they plan ahead for rising prices in the face of a possible hard drive shortage," said Andy Cordial, managing director at Origin Storage.

"This could also push up the price of solid state drives (SSDs) as, whilst prices of SSDs have been falling steadily over the last 24 months - and capacities have risen - we fully expect to see higher-capacity SSDs being scooped up for their speed of access and greater tolerance to shocks," he added.

But Cordial said there were enough stocks of hard drives and SSDs in the UK to last through to the third quarter but component prices have already filtered through from some of the largest suppliers - Samsung, Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital.

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