Laptops sales have been on the rise for several years now, and many have been wondering if or when they'll eventually exceed desktop sales. While we don't have a crystal ball, we do know that hard disk manufacturer Seagate believes that they will ship more hard drives for laptops than desktops in 2011:
“Recent market data analysis from Seagate Technology details what the hard disk drive industry expects in the near future. According to Seagate, the company claims there was a 20% increase in the number of desktop drives shipped from 2000 to 2007, roughly 120 million and 150 million respectively.
On the other hand, notebook hard disk drive shipments show a 400% increase in shipments from 25 million in 2000 to roughly 100 million in 2007. According to Seagate, though the growth of notebook drive shipments has since slowed down we should still expect to see a 200% increase in drive shipments from now until 2011 where the number of notebook drives in the hands of consumers will surpass the number of desktop drives out there.”
Seagate also predicts that they'll be shipping 1 TB hard drives by 2011. We're fairly sure that they're talking about 5400 rpm units, but we'll keep our fingers crossed for 7200 rpm. Secretly we'll be fantasizing about a 1 TB SSD...