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Report: HDD prices finally back to pre-flood levels

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Nov 2013 22:55 User comments (6)

Report: HDD prices finally back to pre-flood levels In 2011, massive flooding in Thailand caused hard drive manufacturers like WD, Toshiba and Samsung to halt production in the nation, causing a shortage in hard drive supply and an almost 50 percent jump in prices as demand continued its exponential growth.
According to cloud data backup provider Blackblaze, prices have finally stabilized back to pre-crisis levels, although still higher than if the crisis had never occurred and the long-term trend had continued.

During that time, hard drives have gotten more efficient and larger drives, including 4TB, have become more mainstream.

A few of Blackblaze's charts:

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6 user comments

11.12.2013 6:18

Will the trend continue, or will corporations see an opportunity to cash in on profit margin; I wonder.

21.12.2013 12:07

Here in the UK they're not.

Pre-flood I bought 2tb HDDs for 53, today the same drives from the same supplier are 65.

They have a way to go yet (although I did get some Buffalo 3tb drives for 75 on an offer recently, which seemed the best value I could find).

32.12.2013 14:35

To be fair to the HDD manufacturers, the values of currencies have dropped a lot since the flood as well. If you were paying for your new hard drive with gallons of gas, grams of gold, or (LoL) bitcoins, the price would be way down.

42.12.2013 15:28

150$ for a 4tb USB3 WD drive is not a bad deal ^0^

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54.12.2013 21:20

Yeah.......this is old news as prices went back to normal about 3 months ago if not longer.

This "report" is like reading today's paper......tomorrow.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Dec 2013 @ 21:20

65.12.2013 21:48

Part of the reason for prices not following the historic curve down is that we've reached the end of the huge recording density improvements since around 2004 from the introduction of perpendicular recording. There are serious physical limitations due to magnetic grain size and how small write heads can be made and still do perpendicular recording at greater densities.

For that reason, Seagate has introduced Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) which increases densities but has serious write penalties. WD has introduced helium-filled drives which allow it to stuff more platters into the drive. The future for HDDs will be one of serious tradeoffs in cost vs. performance.

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