WD Tops Seagate in 2010

We all know these two are the major players when it comes to the traditional “spinners” we find in our computing machines, and they have been going at it for top spot in the global hard drive market. Based on info from The Information Network, the two had swapped places last year – Seagate’s market share dropped from 31.2% in 2009 to 29.9% in 2010, while Western Digital rose from 29.6% to 31.4% in roughly the same time period.

WD managed to achieve this lead through means of focusing on non-desktop applications, and more specifically the 2.5″ drives for various mobile and consumer electronic devices. Seagate, on the other hand, had more of an mindset on desktop and enterprise markets. So there you have it, the market for desktop PCs actually grew by 8% in 2010, opposed to mobile PCs that sky rocketed 29%. While both WD and Seagate are very close up top leading the pack with less than a 2% difference, they are well ahead of the other manufacturers including Hitachi (16.4%), Toshiba/Fujitsu (12.6%), Samsung (9.2%), and “Others” (0.8%). Hit up the link above to get a better idea of all the numbers we mentioned.

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