Global shipments of hard disk drives (HDD) from 4th quarter 2010 to 2nd quarter 2016 (in millions)

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Shipments in millions
Q4 '10167.5
Q1 '11160.5
Q2 '11167.1
Q3 '11175.3
Q4 '11123.3
Q1 '12145.1
Q2 '12157
Q3 '12139.2
Q4 '12135.8
Q1' 13136
Q2' 13133.4
Q3' 13140.15
Q4' 13142.51
Q1' 14137
Q2 '14*136
Q3 '14143
Q4 '14141
Q1 '15125
Q2 '15123
Q3 '15118.59
Q4 '15114.74
Q1 '16100.54
Q2 '1698.46
Q3 '16*113
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This statistic shows global shipment figures for hard disk drives since the fourth quarter of 2010. In the third quarter of 2016, approximately 144.6 million hard disk drives were shipped worldwide. A hard disk drive (HDD) is a data storage device which is used for storing and retrieving digital information. It is a form of non-volatile memory, meaning that it retains its data even when unpowered. The technology was first introduced by IBM in 1956 and it has been the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers since the 1960s. The main competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs). HDDs are expected to remain the most used secondary storage because of a greater recording capacity, a better price per unit of storage, and a longer product lifetime. The advantages offered by SSDs over HDDs is that they are faster, generally more durable, and consume less power.

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