Hard Times for Hard Drives

The hard drive which is a basic component of many PCs and servers may be in short supply soon as a result of the “March 11 earthquake in northeastern Japan, which has severely damaged the plants of local HDD component makers including hard disk maker Showa Denko, and HDD-use substrate makers Furukawa Denko and Kobe Steel. These makers have all reported damage to facilities as well as injuries of employees and have shut down their operations pending further evaluation.” according to Digitimes.

Similar problems exist with makers of systems used in chip fabrication. Let us hope that suppliers unaffected may be able to ramp up production while existing inventory lasts.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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