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WAT?

Dat bargain price! ¬_¬
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Wow that is awhile crossing my fingers all my drives last that long haha.
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Wow that is awhile crossing my fingers all my drives last that long haha.
Seriously. These next few months will suck if you have a hdd failure. I wonder how the shortage affects warranty fulfillment.
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wat?

Dat bargain price! ¬_¬
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post #45 of 57
Going to buy an external 2tb and rip it out and use it in my PC before they rape up the price.
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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.
Thing is people are not paying this much for HDD's. How many 220$ 1tb Cavier Blacks do you think they are moving?
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I run a small computer repair business, I replace customers' broken hard drives on a semi-regular basis. I don't know how I can tell people their hard drive replacement is now going to cost nearly £250.

I think the only thing I can do for now is lend people second hand hard drives, if I can gather enough up.
    
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post #48 of 57
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Thing is people are not paying this much for HDD's. How many 220$ 1tb Cavier Blacks do you think they are moving?
It depends on how desperate people become for drives over the next 6 months. Selling at 2-3X the original cost, vendors only have to move 1/2-1/3 the volume to make the same amount of money. I've seen this happen in other fields too...Gas shortages or this that and the other thing causes a "temporary" spike in prices...and that "temporary" spike is still here despite whatever alleged catalyst condition having vanished years ago.

Companies find they can still make money at a higher price. Guess what. They'll be greedy and charge a higher price because they can.
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post #49 of 57
To me it seems likely that HDD prices will return to the same levels shortly after production is back to normal. However that will mean that we pay relatively more per GB than now due to the platter capacity increase that was announced just before the flooding.

In other words:
Since 3 TB hdds are becoming more common and technology improves, 3TB HDD's should have replaced 2TB HDD's in that price segment 60-80 Euros.
But since production will be on a 5 month break the price drop will be postponed by an equal amount of time.

A minor price increase due to opurtunistic money grabbing behavior is always expected but this has low chances of becoming a long lived price increase.

If Seagate, Hitachi and WD tries to keep prices high they're going to have the antitrust agencies of the free world after them not to mention companies like Dell, HP, Lenovo whose reaction surely will be less pleasant for the HDD manufacturers.

SSD's won't get a nominal price drop from this as their relative prices already dropped.
 
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post #50 of 57
I hope they learn from this and put some factories in different locations. Otherwise I'll be laughing at them during the next flood.
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