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October 25, 2011 5:24:59 PM

It was not that long ago a 500gb drive was 35 dollars and a 1tb drive was $50.
those same drives I bought at those prices are now $49 and $79
these are all newegg prices

I am really looking for both a very inexpensive 500gb drive and a good deal on 2tb drive.
October 26, 2011 7:31:04 PM

Still going up now $59 and 1tb $79
when are they going to come back down to normal?
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October 26, 2011 7:41:02 PM

When Thailand dries out and stocks build back up. According to the article, "several quarters." Bear in mind that the people on the scene may be giving first priority to housing, food, and sanitation over restoring drive manufacturing capacity.
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October 27, 2011 12:26:20 PM

They are use to it and have a lot of experience in responding to this, so it will not take too long. After a few weeks of rebuilding it will be all back to normal.
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November 3, 2011 3:42:21 AM

update
500gb now $99
1tb drive at $129

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a b G Storage
November 3, 2011 9:38:27 PM

update
500GB now $109
1TB drive at $139.99
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November 3, 2011 11:15:24 PM

man these prices are outrageous.
I have looked around a bit and everytime i see a lower price listed on some shopping engine, when you actually go to the site its much higher or out of stock.

SSD are starting to look very attractive with sale prices on 120gb down in the $150 range.
I got 120gb corsair force 3 yesterday for $140
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November 12, 2011 2:56:27 PM

And we're getting spanked twice as hard in UK:
500GB = GBP85 ($137)
1TB = GBP102 ($165)
2TB = GBP120 ($195)

A 2TB price per GB looks like a bargain now compared to the other options....
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November 13, 2011 6:16:42 AM

Hdd prices dropped so low then came the flood. Now Hdd manufacturers got the price back in their grips and can control it as they see fit. They are milking the market on purpose now using the flood as a excuse

Seagate HD manufacturing plant in Wuxi, China.
Kuala Lumpur
Kumi, South Korea
Beijing
^What about those plants? Did they flood as well?
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November 13, 2011 4:28:47 PM

im glad i bought my 640gb back in june on a super sale of 45$. its like 129 now lol.
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November 14, 2011 4:10:04 PM

i saw a 1 tb wd cavir black for $220.00..... 0_0!!!!!!!!!!!! on newegg and amazon
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November 14, 2011 8:44:57 PM

i got a 2 TB external at walmart for $89 and with tax $93.75... but it was a Seagate and if you look in this forum you can see how that ended...

still, i dont remember seeing anything nearly that expensive besides the overpriced brands that break immediately.

where are you guys finding these statistics? idk much about computers [yet] so i would appreciate the info.
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November 14, 2011 8:51:30 PM

Makes me so glad I upgraded my storage array in September.
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November 17, 2011 10:34:29 PM

I hear you there, I bought 4 3TB drives back a few months ago for 179.99 each and now those same drives are 430 bucks a piece!
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November 22, 2011 4:42:13 AM

I got a 750 GB 7200 RPM sata 3.0 drive 4 years ago for 60$ on clearance...

Im debating Ebaying it right now and sitting on my raid of 4/40 IDEs till price drops again haha
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November 24, 2011 11:06:59 PM

digital dilemna said:
i got a 2 TB external at walmart for $89 and with tax $93.75... but it was a Seagate and if you look in this forum you can see how that ended...

still, i dont remember seeing anything nearly that expensive besides the overpriced brands that break immediately.

where are you guys finding these statistics? idk much about computers [yet] so i would appreciate the info.



digital dilemna
the real question is if you see better prices
where are they?

amazon
newegg
anywhere all have very high prices
i agree neweeg has raised prices more then the current market should dictate
but anywhere you look they are still very expensive
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December 2, 2011 2:35:58 AM

external and notebook hard drive prices were not as quick to rise.
but now they are starting to catch up with desktop internal drives.
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December 5, 2011 10:28:36 PM

alohascott said:
digital dilemna
the real question is if you see better prices
where are they?

amazon
newegg
anywhere all have very high prices
i agree neweeg has raised prices more then the current market should dictate
but anywhere you look they are still very expensive


if i understand you correctly then u wish to know where good deals are.
'the real question is if you see better prices, where are they?'
i have been told The Micro Center is very cheap and offers quality.

if i misunderstood the question then i guess just ignore me and chuckle i guess.
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December 9, 2011 12:25:48 AM

yes micro center does have good prices.
but mostly for people who can walk into a store.
saw some great deals the site
95 or maybe 100 percent of the deals i wanted to buy were only available in the store.
sent them a note about allowing me to see only items that could be shipped on the site but never heard back from them.
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December 15, 2011 7:30:47 PM

$79 would be great for a 1TB HDD now.

I just got this email with a sale on the WD Black 1TB:



I bought this same drive earlier this year for around $75.
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December 16, 2011 1:39:04 AM

that sounds good.
I am pretty stocked up on large new drives.
what i need is small used drives.
looking for 10 160gb for around $160
or even
10 80gb for around $90
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January 20, 2012 3:00:04 PM

In under 3 months ago I had brought a External HDD Seagate 2TB 7200rpm 3.5 USB 3.0 for 3600 Rubble around $110 AUD, I was looking on buying a internal hard drive, I was shocked at the price of hard drives and how much they have gone up by, in the same shop now for the same hard drive what I had brought it now risen to 5900 rubble around $185 for the same hard drive, this is a product of China and assembled in China on it Label far from Thailand and Japan, it looks like China wants to make money from other country’s misfortune, I would be happy to pay the extra $75 AUD if this money was going to help Thailand or Japan get their IT back to where it was 6 months ago, but for this money to make some ones wallet bigger with greed, I happy to wait on buying a new hard drive, and I hope others will wait too, until HDD come back to a price that is fare for all, in all countries, Redfox69
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January 20, 2012 3:17:50 PM

simple supply and demand.
drives are a commodity like anything else.

if there was a freeze in Florida the price of orange juice would go up.
even if that juice was made in California.

drives made in china would sell out if price was reasonable.
They do not have enough drives to make up for shortage from Thailand.
why should they sell out of their drives for less then current prices when they can sell at the market price and make more profits?

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February 1, 2012 6:44:33 PM

alohascott said:
that sounds good.
I am pretty stocked up on large new drives.
what i need is small used drives.
looking for 10 160gb for around $160
or even
10 80gb for around $90


If you're serious about small used drives, you might want to look at computer-show.com?

http://www.computer-show.com/ccc1050-hard-drives.htm

My relationship to computer-show.com? Just another satisfied customer.

Later On,
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June 9, 2012 3:57:46 AM

I bought 2 Seagate - Barracuda 2TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops

Model: STBD2000101 SKU: 4919412

From Bestbuy yesterday(2012-06-08) for $109 US Each, when Newegg has the same drive for $159.

-Kecologic
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June 11, 2012 2:49:29 AM

digital dilemna said:
i got a 2 TB external at walmart for $89 and with tax $93.75... but it was a Seagate and if you look in this forum you can see how that ended...

still, i dont remember seeing anything nearly that expensive besides the overpriced brands that break immediately.

where are you guys finding these statistics? idk much about computers [yet] so i would appreciate the info.


newegg.com there talking mostly internal drives here for people installing a new one into their computer
my 500GB WD was 50 bucks when i bought it and now im looking for another HD and the cheapest i found was 320 GB for 60 bucks
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June 18, 2012 1:32:58 AM

Slightly off topic but have you guys noticed how much SSD prices have come down?
wow
I saw a sata 3 60gb for $51 the other day, 120gb for $99 is common now.
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June 28, 2012 1:40:01 AM

Best answer selected by alohascott.
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February 2, 2013 7:50:02 AM

I guess hard drive prices are still higher than they were back then. Think they will be coming down?
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March 22, 2013 12:46:10 AM

I live in Thailand. Six months back we visited Bangkok and spoke to folk in the main It plaza some of whom live near the hard drive factories.
It reminded me of the time the apartment above mine got flooded and the water came through the kitchen and drenched everything. I waited for everything to dry, cleaned up, switched the power back on and carried on as normal.
Production lines were back to normal the day after the water dried up. They throttled supply to make prices skyrocket and now they are using the global economic whatever to justify continuing keeping supply down.
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April 11, 2013 5:28:32 PM

alohascott said:
Best answer selected by alohascott.


heres a dilemma... had a Lian Li EX503 since it was spanking NEW to the UK market
(It was suggested I had the second one sold)
for the life of me I couldn't get it to work in ANY format for mass storage or even RAID 5
with the 5 @ 2TB Caviar Greens I'd purchased....
Eventually I gave up and built myself a monster pooter with ten 2tb greenies inside
on a Gigabyte GA880GA motherboard with 16GB (4x4gb) Ripjaw Memory
AMD Phenom 6 core wossamajig 850w pro psu and all the usual gubbinz

those drives cost me £46 a piece...
I'm ASSUMING the conflict or problem was that they were the older SATA II not SATA III bogeys
any ideas (UK) where the best deal is likely to be? WAEPLUS do em for £65.81 a piece but sadly
after more than TEN lengthy calls trying to get them to bother to answer the phone I choose
NOT to entrust so much money with someone who can't be bothered to answer a call or call back
to numerous requests etc.... plus they have really negative reviews so I can't help but wonder if
they take your money and leave you swingin' in the breeze for the goods...

Any ideas...as well as knowledge on a Lian Li EX503 and how big an overall capacity it can handle
will be appreciated
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