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Documents seen by The Register show that the HDD market, worldwide, is experiencing a huge shake-up. But Fujitsu is making inroads in Europe. The figures, commissioned by HDD companies but not yet released, show that the European PC market will only grow by 10 per cent this year. But more worryingly, Seagate's market share in Europe has dropped to 25 per cent, while Maxtor has gained market share at its expense. Maxtor's worldwide share was five per cent in 1997 but has grown to 13 per cent. US company Quantum has dropped market share and has moved from number two to number three. Western Digital has moved from number three to number five. In the global OEM market, the figures show that Seagate has dropped from 35 per cent to 14 per cent. Fujitsu has about five per cent of the market worldwide, but is much stronger in Europe and has become number three. In the SCSI hardware market, Seagate had 60 per cent of the market worldwide but IBM has overtaken it. Maxtor uses IBM drives. The figures show that in Q1 of 1999, no one HDD manufacturer is dominant, with market shares sharply fluctuating between the top 10 drive manufacturers. ®

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