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SSD shipments outpaced HDDs by 3:2 last quarter, but hard disks still lead the storage race 99 million solid-state drives were shipped in Q1 In brief: We’ve come a long way since solid-state drives were the expensive alternative to traditional HDDs, making up only a small part of the market. Falling prices and increasing capacities have seen their popularity rise in recent times, to the point that in Q1 2021, SSD shipments outpaced their hard disk drive counterparts by 3:2, while in 2020, SSDs saw 28% more unit sales than HDDs. According to a Trendfocus report (via
mood posted a topic in Technology NewsSSD shipments outpaced HDDs in 2020, but capacity still favors mechanical drives 2020 was a banner year for solid-state drives Why it matters: Solid-state drive shipments surpassed those of traditional hard drives by a significant margin in 2020 but spinning media retained the crown in terms of overall capacity served. As pricing continues to plummet and capacity increases, we can expect to see the ratio become even more skewed. According to data storage research and consulting firm TrendFocus (per Storage Newsletter), manufacturers shipped 333.12 mill