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Global External Hard Disk Market 2016-2020

About the External Hard Disk Market

HDDs are classified into different categories such as digital, magnetic, non-volatile, random access, and data storage devices. There are two types of HDDs: internal HDDs and external hard disks. An internal HDD is an HDD that resides inside a computer and stores user's software and personal files. An external hard disk resides outside a computer, and it is used when the internal hard disk drive memory of a computer is not sufficient.An external hard disk is connected to a device typically through a USB and has slower data transfer rates when compared to internal HDDs, which are connected through serial advanced technology attachment (SATA). As of 2016, the available capacities of external hard disks range from 500 GB to 1 TB.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global external hard disk market to grow at a CAGR of 2.9% during the period 2016-2020.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global external hard disk market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the unit shipments of external hard disks for individual consumers

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global External Hard Disk Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • Western Digital
  • Seagate Technology
  • Toshiba
Other prominent vendors
  • Fujitsu
  • Hitachi
  • Samsung Electronics
Market driver
  • Multiple advantages of external hard disks
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Emergence of cloud-storage services
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Innovation of high-storage portable external hard disks
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global External Hard Disk Market 2016-2020

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global external hard disk market: Western Digital, Seagate Technology, and Toshiba.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Fujitsu, Hitachi, and Samsung Electronics.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “A trend which has helped to boost market growth tremendously is the innovation of high-storage portable external hard disks. In March 2016, Seagate introduced Innov8, world's biggest portable external hard disk with a capacity of 8 TB. It uses a USB 3.1 standard cable which supplies power of up to 100 W to connected devices to power itself from a single USB port. This new product from Seagate will have a major impact on the market as it is portable and USB powered.”

According to the report, a key growth driver is the multiple advantages offered by external hard disks. For instance, the extra space offered by portable external hard disks frees up additional space. the disk space on the workstation is full, functions such as video editing become difficult. This issue can be overcome by using hard drives for such specific purposes. Different drives can be used for different types of projects.

Further, the report states that one challenge that could restrict market growth is the emergence of cloud-storage services.



Companies Mentioned

Western Digital, Seagate Technology, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Samsung Electronics.

  • Executive summary
    • Highlights
  • Scope of the report
    • Market overview
      • Table Standard currency conversion rates
    • Top-vendor offerings
      • Table Product offerings
  • Market research methodology
    • Research methodology
    • Economic indicators
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
      • Table Global HDD market by end-user 2015 (% share)
      • Table Market overview
  • Comparison of HDDs and SSDs
    • History of HDDs and SSDs
    • Advantages and disadvantages of HDDs and SSDs
      • Table ASPs of SSDs 2013-2015 ($ per GB)
      • Table Comparison of SSDs and HDDs
  • Comparison of cloud and external hard disks
    • 0 to 20 GB
    • 20 to 100 GB
    • 100 to 500 GB
    • 500 GB to 1 TB
    • 1 TB+
      • Table Comparison of cloud and external hard disk for different space requirements
  • Hybrid drive
    • NAND flash
      • Table Process node trend of technology transformation vendors
      • Table Circuitry of an electronic device
      • Table Types of NAND flash memory
      • Table ASP of NAND Memory 2003-2015
    • 3D NAND flash
      • Table Key developments
    • Hybrid drive
  • Industry overview
    • Table Global PC peripherals market by product 2015-2020
    • Printers
    • External hard disks
    • Pointing devices
    • PC gaming peripherals
      • Table Percentage contribution of each PC gaming peripheral 2015
    • Combos and keyboards
    • Headsets
    • Webcams
  • Market landscape
    • Market size and forecast
      • Table Global external hard disk market 2015-2020 ($ billions)
      • Table Global external hard disk market 2015-2020 (units in millions)
    • Five forces model
      • Table Five forces model
  • Geographical segmentation
    • Global external hard disk market by geography 2015-2020
      • Table Global external hard disk market by geography 2015-2020
      • Table Global external hard disk market by geography 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • APAC
      • Table External hard disk market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Americas
      • Table External hard disk market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • EMEA
      • Table External hard disk market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ billions)
  • Buying criteria
  • Market drivers
    • Multiple advantages of external hard disks
    • Low purchase cost
    • Increased need for storage
      • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
    • Emergence of cloud-storage services
    • Growing popularity of external SSDs
    • Risk of theft and damage
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
    • Increasing popularity of wireless external hard disks
    • Innovation of high-storage portable external hard disks
    • Increasing popularity of slim external hard disks
      • Table Impact of trends
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Key vendors
      • Table Western Digital business segmentation 2015
      • Table Seagate Technology business segmentation 2015
      • Table Toshiba business segmentation 2015
    • Other prominent vendors
      • Table Other prominent vendors
  • Summary of key figures
    • Table Summary of key figures
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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