A shortage of high end hard drives will starve the industry until the end of spring next year, a UK distributor has warned. That could mean that Windows NT take-up is delayed.
The famine of hard disks particularly hits 2Gbytes and 4Gbytes devices, but this is the entry level for servers. Manufacturers cannot keep up with demand caused by the rise and rise of operating systems such as NT.
Ed Bateman, product manager for hard drives at distributor Ideal Hardware, said: ?It?s true. There is a trickle of supply coming from most vendors. It?s going through a famine period.?
He said dealers were clamouring for more of the two and four Gbytes drives, but the shortage was unlikely to push prices up. ?We?d like to get more product. This is a problem which will stop in Q1 next year but price is never really affected by demand,? he said. That means hard drive manufacturers will not raise the prices of hard drives, even though demand exceeds supply.
Spokespeople from Micropolis, Seagate and other hard drive manufacturers would not respond at press time.
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