Seagate sees hard-drive benefit after Thai floods

Seagate emerged in first place in the hard-drive market in the last quarter of 2011, having been less affected by the Thai floods than its rivals

Seagate led the global hard-disk drive market during the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the latest numbers from IHS iSuppli, with 46.9 million HDD units worldwide.

Western Digital was a distant second place with 28.5 million shipments, with Toshiba, Hitachi and Samsung rounding out the top five respectively.

IHS storage systems analyst Fang Zhang argued in Wednesday's report that Seagate's Q4 success was really a stroke of luck: "Seagate owes its return to market leadership to a fortuitous accident in geography. Its HDD manufacturing plant in Thailand is located on high ground. As a result, the company was less impacted by the October floods."

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