2005 was a record-breaking year for the worldwide hard disk drive (HDD) industry in terms of both shipments and revenueIDC says. Global HDD unit shipments increased to nearly 381 mln drives, a 24.4% increase over 2004. Revenue closed at $27.9 bln, breaking the 1997 record of $27.8 bln. The world's smallest (0.85 inch) and largest (500GB) HDDs began to ship in 2005. The world's first perpendicular recording drive shipped in 2005. Cumulative worldwide HDD shipments will exceed 3 bln units from 2005-2010.
The 3.5" form factor will continue to provide the highest unit shipment volume of any HDD form factor through 2010. Desktop-class drive will continue to generate significant shares of revenue (up to 80% for some HDD suppliers). Consumer electronic HDD shipments will experience a 23.7% CAGR for 2005-2010.