The sales of harddrives, embedded and discrete, was expected to reach 185 million sold units in Q3 2010. The number has now been lowered to 175 million after slow sales in Q2.
The information comes from Taiwanese component makers and it says PC builders have lowered their expected sales by 5-10% for Q3. The reason is lower demand in Q2, which means that the stock is moving out slower the an expected and placing new orders at harddrive manufacturers will be postponed.
The price of harddrives increased by 5% on average in Q2, and is expected to remain so in Q3.
The cheapest drives, considering GB per dollar, are found in the 1.5TB-2TB segment, but with 3TB harddrives around the corner prices will have to be adjusted to make room for the new drives.