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    Thailand Floods Hit Dell

    Flooding in Thailand is likely to tighten supplies of the all-important hard disk drives used in its computers.

    Dell is continuing to actively monitor the Thailand flooding situation, and while we expect Hard Disk Drive supply to be limited in the next several weeks, we are working closely with our HDD suppliers to mitigate any customer impact.

    Industry analysts said this week that PC makers could be hit hard by early next year due to more than two months of flooding that has shut down many of the HDD factories in Thailand, which supply about 40 per cent of the world market for the crucial memory components.

    According to industry specialist International Data Corporation, the plant closures could force, in the worst case, a 20 per cent cut in PC shipments in the first quarter next year.

    'Even the largest vendors are expected to face HDD shortages, particularly for portable PCs where the market is more consolidated.

    Consultancy IHS iSuppli said the floods would cut global HDD shipments by some 51 million units in the current quarter, to 125 million units.

    Prices for HDDs have already begun to move higher on the anticipation of shortages, and it is likely that prices will remain elevated, possibly by more than 10 %, for several quarters to come

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    This is the proof that hard copies are still important. When hard drives collapse, all files will never be found again without a back up.

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