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"We generally believe the HDD industry will find a way to return to pre-flood production levels by March, but by that point HDD supplies will be at extremely low levels," Rydning said. "It's still going to be a pretty painful period from December through February for most HDD customers."
This is a very well written brief article detailing (numerically) what's going on with Hard Drive manufacturing. Also...some light at the end of the tunnel.
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March is when the production reaches pre-flood levels. When should we expect to return to pre-food prices?
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This looks like the perfect time for SSD retailers to drop their prices, and sell some SSD. I so want to get a SSD but waiting for the deals.
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This looks like the perfect time for SSD retailers to drop their prices, and sell some SSD. I so want to get a SSD but waiting for the deals.
If HDD prices are increasing it is unlikely there will be any SSD price decrease.

Once people start paying this much for HDD I am sure it will take a very long time to get the prices back down.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
If HDD prices are increasing it is unlikely there will be any SSD price decrease.

Once people start paying this much for HDD I am sure it will take a very long time to get the prices back down.
Not necessarily. If the production machines can all be returned to pre-flood production levels to the same volume levels the Demand for physical media drives can be so high that it will force companies to overproduce to keep up, thereby dropping prices again.

Prices may stay the same until April but unlikely to stay high if demand is high enough.

If demand drops from here to March then those companies may feel they do not need to return to pre-flood production levels and so keep prices high.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
Once people start paying this much for HDD I am sure it will take a very long time to get the prices back down.
BINGO. This line right here sums up the big picture.
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Sh**, I wanted to buy a single-platter 1TB drive...
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Originally Posted by JonnyMark View Post
This looks like the perfect time for SSD retailers to drop their prices, and sell some SSD. I so want to get a SSD but waiting for the deals.
I've actually noticed SSD prices increasing, not drastically but in the order of 10-15$ on average.
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i just came from pc shop $60 increase from last month on a 1 t/b W/D Caviar Black...
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