A sudden worldwide shortage of hard drives has yet to impact banks that are planning corporate PC upgrades or migrating their data into the cloud. But it's not clear if these plans will remain unencumbered for long.

PC industry analysts expect that the scarcity and rising prices of drives for both the retail and corporate markets will last into 2013, due to a slow recovery from severe flooding last fall in Thailand, the world's biggest hard drive producer after China.

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