Seagate had one third of the HDD market in 2006
A report by DigiTimes says Seagate retained its position as top dog in the hard drive market throughout last year. The site, which quotes numbers from market research firm iSuppli, says Seagate drives accounted for 33.1% of all hard drives shipped in 2006—a 4.4-point rise over its 2005 market share of 28.7%. In distant second place was Western Digital, whose slice of the hard drive market went up from 17.7% in 2005 to 19.6% in 2006. Hitachi GST also saw its market share increase, albeit only from 15.5% to 16.1%, and Samsung's market share rose from 7.2% to 10%. Other players, including Fujitsu, Toshiba, and Excelstor, accounted for less than 10% of the market each. Overall, the iSuppli figures say the hard drive market enjoyed a 15.5% rise in shipments with 434.2 million units shipped in 2006, compared to 375.8 million the previous year.