As we mentioned last week, severe flooding in Thailand incapacitated the production capabilities of storage giants Western Digital and Seagate. Computer hardware blog Xbit Labs reports:
WD restarted production of hard drives this week in one of its buildings in Bang Pa-in (BPI), Thailand, one week ahead of internal schedules. This facility had been submerged in some six feet (1.8 meters) of water since October 15, the estate was pumped dry on Nov. 17, main power was restored on Nov. 26 and production restarted Nov. 30.
The company’s other Thailand hard drive facilities at Navanakorn remain under approximately two feet of water. The industrial estate is expected to be pumped dry within ten days at which point the work of decontamination and refurbishment will commence.
As of now, this won’t have much effect on hard drive prices available for retail purchases, but it’s a positive first step toward restoring some stability in that industry segment.
Check back with the CMIT Solutions blog for updates as they become available.
Via Xbit Labs