The rise of SSDs is pushing the hard drive market closer to the brink

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The combined effect of a drop-off in PC demand and the pace of SSD adoption led to a significant fall in hard drive shipments last quarter, a new report suggests.

Data from analyst firm Trendfocus shows HDD shipments plummeted 15.4% in Q2 on a quarter-to-quarter basis, with unit sales among vendors like Toshiba dropping by as much as 17.3%.

Although the picture looks a little less bleak when it comes to performance-focused enterprise drives and nearline units (which bridge the gap between online and offline storage), demand for most HDD segments fell by doubt-digit percentages across the …

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