Solved Storage drives more expensive now than 2 years ago?

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February 16, 2012 at 21:51:09
Specs: Win7, E7500 / 4GB
A few years ago I built a couple of systems for family and friends, at the time I could get my hands on 500GB WD Black drives for just $75 (Australian) Fast, plenty of storage and cheap. On my own PC I have a 320GB WD Blue I bought about 2 years ago for $60, and a 1TB WD Green I bought about a year ago, both are getting close to full so I decided to add a few drives or even set up RAID 10. I was unpleasantly surprised to find slower drives of the same capacity are MORE expensive than they were a few years ago.

So whats going on with hard drive makers? With SSD although the price is much more accessible the storage capacity still lacks for anything else other than holding windows and a handful of programs. I never used to be much of a big storage consumer but these days I have a new camera which has images of 4-6MB each and shoots full HD video, I have a lot more music and movies all in high quality and occasionally a game from 1-4GB in size. It all adds up and eating up a few TB is getting easier and easier. Almost everything else has moved on in terms of value for money especially monitors but storage is terrible.

A RAID 10 setup would cost me a minimum of $328 using 500GB drives, I was originally planning a RAID 10 setup with 1TB drives but that's $400 using slower WD Green and damn close to $500 using WD Blue, forget about black. I think I'll rename RAID to RAED.

Is the HDD market moving backward or am I just being fussy.
My question is: What gives?

Mattwizz3
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#1
February 16, 2012 at 22:15:35
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The price rise is due to last years flooding in Thailand where a large percentage of hard drives are manufactured. This caused serious disruption of production at a number of major factories. A drop in production of a product usually results in a price rise.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224221/Hard_drive_prices_to_remain_high_through_2014?source=rss_keyword_edpicks


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#2
February 17, 2012 at 01:50:48
I didn't consider the floods in Thailand, I suppose its the same with car makers in Japan with the Tsunami.

From that article you linked one paragraph tells you the good and the bad:

"Coughlin Associates said the combination of industry consolidation and Thailand-related shortages, will result in higher HDD prices at least until 2014. The higher prices, however, will help fund expensive new technology transitions by 2015 or 2016 and increase areal density growth rates by 40%."

2 years seems to be a long wait, I suppose I should dive into my tub of old hard drives and put them back to use. Pretty sure I have a few 320 and 250GB drives laying around.

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#3
February 17, 2012 at 13:00:13
well, prices are still low:
http://www.amazon.ca/Western-Digita...
I'm sure Thailand doesn't make ALL the hard drives in the world LOL

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#4
February 18, 2012 at 19:41:10
How is that low? I was buying 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3's for $50 up until the flooding occurred.

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#5
February 18, 2012 at 21:56:34
How is that low?
DUH....have you checked todays prices of the drives?

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#6
February 19, 2012 at 11:53:51
I have to agree the present cost of hard drives is much higher than a year ago.

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#7
February 20, 2012 at 04:46:35
Although buying second hand hardware can be a little risky, I'm looking at getting 4 Seagate 400GB drives for a RAID 10 setup. Only $35 each available in bulk too. Less than half the price of 4 500GB drives and not much less storage.

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#8
February 22, 2012 at 08:10:51
"DUH....have you checked todays prices of the drives?"

Yes I have. Here's the same Samsung 1TB drive I paid $50 for less than a year ago, it's now $160:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#9
February 22, 2012 at 11:58:26
riider
did you NOT check out response`#3? DUH.....

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#10
February 22, 2012 at 14:56:57
XPUser4Real

The drive you linked in from a Canadian site, the price is still double what you could buy a 1TB drive for and finally that is a crap green drive that rotates at 5400RPM.

That is not a fair comparison to the drives riider mention. Those were the fastest drives available in their class.


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#11
February 22, 2012 at 16:29:16
Oh my...Othehill, I am surprised at you
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
A little bit of googling finds drives at a reasonable price. $105 is a far cry from $300-400, maybe I'm wrong? Sure $50 was cheap...but doubling that still doesn't make it TOO expensive, not for a 1GB drive.

I know for a fact that even Bestbuy (I'm not a fan of that place) has some pretty good deals...people just have to look for the specials.
Hope that helps

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#12
February 22, 2012 at 19:20:26
Nobody is saying that relative to the old days hard drives aren't cheap. Just that the link you provides IS over twice the price of a short time ago.

You want sticker shock? My first hard drive was 120MB and cost $320. That was a long time ago.

BTW, that drive still works last time I tried it.


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#13
March 5, 2012 at 07:17:43
Also, maybe it's -like- the advancement in technologies?.. Intel's (new) SSD (couldn't find a better link, hope that this is it - because there HAS been a whole-new thingy concerning SSDs just recently in 2012).

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