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post #21 of 26
1.8 TB free Should do me a few years at least so it's all good. But still, increases in prices is bad even if you don't want to buy one. I think HD's going up in price is only the start of worse to come..
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Well I just picked up 2 more 2TB WD Greens while I could. Each for $80 CDN.

Now I have 4 x 2TB WD Greens + 2TB Hitachi Deskstar and and older 1TB Seagate.

I think I am good now especially sine I have maxed out my case for HD's and mobo sata connections LOL. I will probably keep it this way till SSD's fall in price in 2 years. Then throw my 1TB in an enclosure and get an SSD in the PC when they hit 1-2TB SSD's.

I should be good for storage now considering that every month prices are going to increase on HD's as supply becomes lower and lower. I wouldn't be surprised if a 2TB drive hits $200 after XMAS.
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I was hoping to be able to grab a 3TB HDD for $100 around the Black Friday-Christmas sales...

How long do you guys think these high prices will last?
     
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post #24 of 26
Only doubled? There are some hard drives that have tripled, or quadrupled in price. The spinpoint f3 used to be £45. It's now £125. The cheapest hard drive I can find on eBuyer right now is a 120GB 3.5" IDE Hard Drive for £50. http://www.ebuyer.com/270278-maxtor-...pm-oem-4r120l0.

It doesn't just stop people from buying new hard drives... it stops people from formatting the drive and selling it on...if a shop or I were sell it for £40, for example, there is no chance of buying another one for less.

The worst thing about it is that shops are offering £5 or something on trivial items. How's that going to offset a £50-75 increase in the price of a hard drive that I really want to buy???!?!?

It's frustrating, but what can you do? I guess it just highlights how vunerable we all are to price increases,especially in technology, whether due to Mother Nature or whoever. It also serves a lesson in shopping around for the best price and doing your homework on these issues. The people that bought those 2TB drives, bought at the right time.
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post #25 of 26
yep the 7200RPM drives have really leapt in price in the UK. I am a video editor by trade and this couldn't have come at a worse time. I have been keeping an eye on various forum classifieds in hope of grabbing some reasonably priced drives. The forums I use have been pretty proactive in making sure sellers aren't profiteering by insisting proof of purchase is provided. I nabbed 2 x 500GB 7200RPM sea gates for £30 each yesterday and this should see me through for now.
My OS drive did have a 320GB footprint on a 750GB drive. I spent an afternoon clearing programs and old downloads and got it down to 100GB. I could now move my OS drive to an SSD and repurpose the 750GB drive.......Probably something I should have done a long time ago!
post #26 of 26
Nice thing is, there's always eBay. Most of the HDD manufacturers have warranties by manufacture date, so it doesn't matter if you're the original purchaser or not. That makes me a lot more confident in buying a used drive - worst case, I just have to send it in for RMA if it's DOA.
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