Western Digital resumes HDD production in Thailand

Western Digital has started making PC hard drives again in Thailand. In a press release this week, the company announced that it had resumed operations in one of its Thailand buildings after massive flooding in that country caused Western Digital to shut down its manufacturing operations. The building in question was in six feet of water just six weeks ago. The plant reopened about a week ahead of schedule, according to the statement.

Yet another Western Digital production facility in Thailand is still under two feet of water. The company said that plant will be pumped dry within 10 days, after which Western Digital will decontaminate the facility and start its refurbishment.

Even though it has started making hard drives again in Thailand, Western Digital says that the current hard drive shortages due to the floods is still expected to continue for the next several months. It estimates that the company will produce a total of 120 million hard drives for the fourth quarter of 2011. However, Western Digital estimates that demand for its hard drives will be between 170 million to 180 million units for the same time period.

While more hard drive plants will continue to come back online, it's clear that shortages will continue for some time and as a result prices for the few remaining hard drives will be much higher than normal.

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how long are they going to milk this! why i understand what happen, i don't think they will want to produce so many drive and bottom out the price again! limit the supply and let the price stay up!

sava700 said,
Thing is this didn't effect makers such as Seagate yet they jacked prices up as well which is BS..

The hard drive manufacturer wasn't affected by the global hard drive shortage? Good work there......

sava700 said,
Thing is this didn't effect makers such as Seagate yet they jacked prices up as well which is BS..

That's because Seagate buys WD drives, then adds their own proprietary noise making and vibrator devices and also adds a time-released mini-explosive to cause a head crash in just over a year.

(oh just kidding!)

sava700 said,
Thing is this didn't effect makers such as Seagate yet they jacked prices up as well which is BS..

Seagate buys parts from thailand factories, like step drives and such. They're kind of important you know. And prices are all about supply and demand, if there's not enough supply and there's a high demand prices go up.

Osiris said,
lol theres plenty of asian countries with cheap labour and low taxes WD...learn to diversify noobs.

They have production facilities in other countries, noob.

ir0nw0lf said,

They have production facilities in other countries, noob.

Clearly not enough or this wouldnt have caused a world wide major price spike of hdds would it?

Osiris said,

Clearly not enough or this wouldnt have caused a world wide major price spike of hdds would it?

That's true, but the other issue is a lot of hard drive manufactures get Drive heads from Thailand also.

ryoohki said,
It's kinda fail to have ALL you're production in 1 city

Might care to look on the internet, they have production facilities in other countries, helps to know what you are talking about before you rant off.

Unfortunately, prices will remain high as long as demand exceeds supply. The good news is that it should go down gradually as more and more plants are made operational.

Anaron said,
Unfortunately, prices will remain high as long as demand exceeds supply. The good news is that it should go down gradually as more and more plants are made operational.

That works for me. HDD's have doubled in price and for X-Mas, I was looking at a couple of WD Black 2TB's. heh. Just glad they have started productions again..

Lord Zog said,

That works for me. HDD's have doubled in price and for X-Mas, I was looking at a couple of WD Black 2TB's. heh. Just glad they have started productions again..


Doubled at the minimum on a lot of drives, some places tripled/quadrupled their prices. The rationing of drives is the crappiest part, sucks when a lot of distributors only let you order ONE of a particular model per order.

Lord Zog said,

That works for me. HDD's have doubled in price and for X-Mas, I was looking at a couple of WD Black 2TB's. heh. Just glad they have started productions again..


Yeah. I'm also low on space (almost critical!)


ir0nw0lf said,

Doubled at the minimum on a lot of drives, some places tripled/quadrupled their prices. The rationing of drives is the crappiest part, sucks when a lot of distributors only let you order ONE of a particular model per order.

Actually yes .

ir0nw0lf said,

Doubled at the minimum on a lot of drives, some places tripled/quadrupled their prices.

No kidding, I paid 70 bucks for a 2TB Samsung F4 and it's now selling for $200. Thankfully I should be all set for my media drives for a little while here, can't imagine paying these prices.