And, according to figures from IDC, shipment values also fell, showing a decline of 16.1 percent compared to the same quarter in 2015, and worth $1.2 billion.
IDC defines this sector as storage products with one to 12 bay configurations intended for people, small offices and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
IDC said that entry level storage is now a mature market, with competition from cloud offerings taking their toll.
Personal storage devices haven’t been able to show big market share gains over the past two years, but hard drive vendors continued to increase their share and now amount to 79.5 percent of al the units shifts.
Ethernet offerings are in decline and USB connections dominate the sector, said IDC.