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IRVINE, Calif.-Oct. 17, 2011-Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has extended the suspension of its operations in Thailand. Over the weekend, rising water penetrated the Bang Pa-in Industrial Park flood defenses, inundating the company's manufacturing facilities there and submerging some equipment. At the other company manufacturing location in Thailand, Navanakorn Industrial Park, the park flood defenses were breached on Monday morning local time and water has begun to flow into the park threatening the company's facilities there. All WD employees in Thailand remain safe.

The company's other facilities in Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S. are fully operational. The company now expects that the flooding of its Thailand facilities, combined with flood damage to the company's supply chain in Thailand, will have significant impact on the company's overall operations and its ability to meet customer demand for its products in the December quarter. The company will provide further updates on the situation on its investment community conference call on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
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Heard about this through a buddy of mine earlier today who works in I.T. Supply Chain, now verified, I'll add to this info I heard, currently they are facing a supply short fall of at least 60 million units right now, prices have increased over 25% on WD drives in the last 72 hours, several user's here have verfied that WD prices are skyrocketing on sites like newegg and other's, this does not currently look good!
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Ah. Supply and demand at its finest.
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Not only WD. My work purchasing as much HDD as we can. Hitachi, Seagate, and WD prices are rising.
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Originally Posted by michintom View Post
Not only WD. My work purchasing as much HDD as we can. Hitachi, Seagate, and WD prices are rising.
yup, they're all up there. At least the 2TB models are. Damn it!

What's going on here? Were they ALL affected by the floods or are they being sympathetic towards WD??
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post #6 of 11
Now is a bad time to start buying hard drives in bulk.
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Prices are now almost double on Newegg.ca with limited quantities (one.)
Edit: Funny how Newegg is using this as an excuse to increase profit 100%.
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This makes me happy I upgraded my RAID and just got around to RMAing all my dead drives from the last year or 2...
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Jesus, WD HDD prices went through the roof
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Yeah just copied this out to tech friends too. While some of the drives haven't jumped too much, the larger the capacity, the greater the hike seems to be. I just know the 1.5TB drive I just bought a few weeks ago at ~$110 ($85 with coupon, woot), is now near $140. Nearly $300 now for a 2TB. Ouch.

I do hope they are able to recover their manufacturing capabilities soon. Really don't want to look at any other drive than WDs personally.
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