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All eggs.

One basket.

Can anyone say: bad management practice? lack of risk mitigation?

Seeing as 70% of hard drive motors are made there for most major hard drive makers by Nidec...I sure am glad I bought a stack of REALLY cheap drives a year ago.

Maybe I'll sell a couple of my 250GB Seagate laptop HDDs when prices peak.

Merry Christmas to me. cool.gif
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Originally Posted by Arni90;15532044 
Industry always finds a way, in this case I think we'll see an increasing amount of SSD-based laptops, which in turn will make SSDs cheaper.

SSD manufacturers like those profit margins right where they are. Very high.
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SSD it is then. One of My Velociraptors died and they were just for OS frown.gif
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Originally Posted by b3machi7ke;15532279 
However, what's the max capacity for a SSD, 256GB?

1TB SSDs are currently available to consumers.
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Raid your retail outlets for 1tb+ externals. They still have them priced appropriately. I picked up a 1tb for $70 today at Staples. It had a Samsung F2 Ecogreen inside. That drive is $120 right now on the Egg. It is BOUND to go up. If you nerds have money squirrelled away and want a solid investment, raid your retail chains and buy as much stock as you can afford.

1tb Drives will be in the $200 range in a matter of days.
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Originally Posted by corky dorkelson;15532507 
Raid your retail outlets for 1tb+ externals. They still have them priced appropriately. I picked up a 1tb for $70 today at Staples. It had a Samsung F2 Ecogreen inside. That drive is $120 right now on the Egg. It is BOUND to go up. If you nerds have money squirrelled away and want a solid investment, raid your retail chains and buy as much stock as you can afford.

1tb Drives will be in the $200 range in a matter of days.

I was thinking that! Buy like 300 bucks in drives sell them each for a 150 and make at least double tongue.gifdevil-smiley-019.gif
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Originally Posted by corky dorkelson;15532507 
Raid your retail outlets for 1tb+ externals. They still have them priced appropriately. I picked up a 1tb for $70 today at Staples. It had a Samsung F2 Ecogreen inside. That drive is $120 right now on the Egg. It is BOUND to go up. If you nerds have money squirrelled away and want a solid investment, raid your retail chains and buy as much stock as you can afford.

1tb Drives will be in the $200 range in a matter of days.

my local microcenter is getting pissy about HD sales. picked up 4 the other day, guess what? They apparently have a strict "no more than 2 drives per visit" policy at their store...mad.gif time to go find other stores that aren't as savvy about HDDs...
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Originally Posted by b3machi7ke;15531973 
the reason drives are 150 a pop (in some cases, still see drives for <70 on the egg) is because of the flooding. I don't understand how an SSD for $1/1GB even comes close to the value of $1/10GB...confused.gif

Spoken like a guy who has never used an SSD, like the me before I got mine.

You cant use money to buy time. That's what an SSD is for, To speed things up, so you get from point A to Point B faster.
    
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Originally Posted by SCollins;15532396 
SSD manufacturers like those profit margins right where they are. Very high.
*sigh* The profit margins for most SSDs OEMs are not that high. Intel makes a lot because have a joint venture with Micron. For the most part, they basically produce their own NAND, controller, and firmware.

Most other SSD OEMs (except Intel, Toshiba, Crucial/Micron, and Samsung) are selling commodity parts. The NAND is bought on the market and controllers can be licenced.

The majority of a SSD cost is in the NAND which is currently going for $7.26 per 8GB chip (www.dramexchange.com). That means a 60GB SSD already costs $58 in just the memory. The controller adds another $5-20. Then there are the other components, SATA ports, PCB, casing, and assembly which probably adds $10 or so. That means a 60GB SSD costs around $85 to produce. Then you factor in logistics, wearhousing, shipping, marketing, support, and RMA costs which eats away at the profits.
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123;15532561 
Spoken like a guy who has never used an SSD, like the me before I got mine.

You cant use money to buy time. That's what an SSD is for, To speed things up, so you get from point A to Point B faster.

spoken like a guy who has no idea what i have or have not used before rolleyes.gif had an Intel 120GB SSD in my work laptop. Sure it's faster, but would I rather pay less for a drive with 10 times the capacity for my HTPC or server or back-ups? Clearly speed has its place, but for me certainly at no point will I justify spending that much more money for that much less space with not a whole lot of performance difference.
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