My desktop HDD failed. That's okay, since I have all my stuff backed up elsewhere and it was getting kind of small anyway.
I can buy a nice new 1TB drive for about 60 bucks.
However, at the end of this semester at college I will be studying abroad for the Spring semester. Since I live far away from my school, and I can't take the desktop on a plan when I go abroad, I will be taking all my stuff home in a car, to be stored there while I'm away.
After that, I get back for my senior year in college. I don't plan on picking up my desktop for my final year at college because:
1. That would be a lot of extra work to lug it back to college
2. It takes up a lot of room in my tiny dorm room, and honestly my laptop does pretty damn fine. I really only use the desktop for super super high end gaming stuff and media center.
So that means that even though this is an easy fix, in a couple of months my computer will be going into storage for about 1.5 years.
In that time range, won't prices for HDD go down a lot? Is there any point in buying it now, when I can just get it later?
I guess it depends on what your priorities are and how much your desktop means to you. If a 1TB HDD costs $60 now and costs $40 in 1.5 years time, is that worth it to you to be without the use of your desktop until the end of the semester? It's up to you really.