Expect that in the short and medium term, hard drives will still be available as the capabilities they offer are not yet available in SSDs. Obviously no one needs 20 TB of storage at home (unless you have a strong NAS at home), but companies still need big data storage, so traditional disks will continue to dominate there, even though this may be part of the private market.
Record sales down 13%
According to a recent hard drive sales report released by TrendFocus in the first quarter of 2020, global hard drive sales fell 13% on average from a year ago, and 14% last quarter. Quarterly sales do not stop falling, and market analysts are worried that, if this trend continues, There will come a time when they will no longer be profitable by manufacturers
Not all types of hard drives sell cheap. As we mentioned earlier, the business industry is currently at its strong point, too sales are increasing despite the trend, a total of 15.7 million hard drives. However, in some places, the situation has been low: shipping of 3.5-inch disks was 23 million, 20% less, while sales of 24,5,5 inch hard disks, and 20% were reduced ( and among all that makes that ratio of -13%).
According to commentators, of course i Coronavirus is one of the causes of low sales, as well as the fact that the next generation is comforting (Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5) will use SSDs, something that will significantly impact 2.5-inch hard drive sales. In any case, the consoles and Coronavirus are not to blame for the downward trend of the past.
The future of hard drives
Of course no one doubts that long-lasting traditional driving will disappear eventually favoring SSDs. These have the highest performance, are not hot, are not quiet, and are not too far away from providing enough storage capacity to do so, even though their price per GB is still very high.
For this reason, analysts predict that in the very near future the driver equipment is set to disappear. The time will come when manufacturers such as Seagate, Toshiba or WDC decide that it is no longer profitable to continue producing These types of storage units will stop doing that, or they will probably continue to work for companies for some time.
In any case, for that industry-wide conversion rate to arrive, long in advance, and to arrive first, SSDs will have to provide the same power offered by hard drives now, and at the same price, since then as we mentioned earlier, they still have a much higher price per GB .