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WTH!!!! Why do they have to be so damn greedy?! I swear, if this wasn't the time for SSD's to come in and save the day and lower prices to lower than HDD's then i don't know when is. They could recover those "losses" by building the hard drive storage market on SSDs thus replacing these greedy punks.

THIS.

Damn them all to hell!!!!

I was really needing for those prices to go down THIS year! I've got another build coming up this year and the HDD blows it out of budget! GRRR! I'm just glad I got my 2TB Green back in October for $69. biggrin.gif Then again, this is all speculation in the end. Hopefully it doesn't pan out to be like this...

Double This.

2 years in tech world is a loooong time. I think HDD will only stay relevant as long as their price/GB is much better. That means they have to keep growing in capacity, 5-10tb drives. They may still lose the consumer market, but server/cloud market will eat them up as usual.

Sucks, I wanted some more CHEAP space too. Hopefully this price gouging won't last that long though mad.gif
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HDD prices will NEVER be as they were! The flood is not the reason, it is the exploited excuse.

Corporate greed....
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Hopefully this price gouging won't last that long though mad.gif

Believe me there's no price gouging going on. WD and the other manufacturers lost hundreds of millions of dollars worth in equipment due to the floods, and WD lost ~60% of their ability to produce HDDs. It really was a serious catastrophe and not just WD/etc. abusing their situation to raise prices. This plant was 1 million square feet. WD recently announced that they expect the effected plant to be back to normal operation by September 2012.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/01/17/western-digital-sees-2-thai-plants-at-pre-flood-level-by-september/

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While I love and use SSDs everywhere, price is not the only problem with SSDs. The capacity is another huge issue with most SSDs. They are just not viable for LTS. Further to this, the main strength of SSDs is basically cancelled out if you only require access to the data stored on an SSD once in a while.

SSDs are specialized devices and not really meant to replace mechanical HDDs. They are meant to compliment them.

As to the prices of HDDs, prices go up. Expect to see more of this in other areas in the relatively near future. We do not have much cheap labour left to (ab)use any more.
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Hard Drive Manufacturers just shot themselves in the foot with this, looks like SSD's will be adopted by the average consumer much more quickly now.
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While I love and use SSDs everywhere, price is not the only problem with SSDs. The capacity is another huge issue with most SSDs. They are just not viable for LTS. Further to this, the main strength of SSDs is basically cancelled out if you only require access to the data stored on an SSD once in a while.
SSDs are specialized devices and not really meant to replace mechanical HDDs. They are meant to compliment them.
As to the prices of HDDs, prices go up. Expect to see more of this in other areas in the relatively near future. We do not have much cheap labour left to (ab)use any more.


Maybe you have not heard of a little continent called Africa. Only 1 billion people in worse economic conditions than asia ever has been. OH there yet is people to be exploited my friend!
 
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Believe me there's no price gouging going on. WD and the other manufacturers lost hundreds of millions of dollars worth in equipment due to the floods, and WD lost ~60% of their ability to produce HDDs. It really was a serious catastrophe and not just WD/etc. abusing their situation to raise prices. This plant was 1 million square feet. WD recently announced that they expect the effected plant to be back to normal operation by September 2012.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/01/17/western-digital-sees-2-thai-plants-at-pre-flood-level-by-september/
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Every time I see these pics all I can think about is why didn't they at least try to sand bag. I've personally aided the construction of sand bag walls to keep out more water than that. Though I guess if the water rose too fast it might not have been possible. It just doesn't look like it did. Fast flooding usually has more debris in it and it will typically go higher and then come back down quickly. Trees will have their leaves and smaller lower limbs broken off. Doesn't look like the water was any higher in those pics and it looks like it just gradually came up.

So I don't know the whole story...but I can't help but feel they were well insured and were looking for a reason to increase prices. Perhaps they wanted updated equipment and this way got an insurance company to pay for part of it?
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Every time I see these pics all I can think about is why didn't they at least try to sand bag. I've personally aided the construction of sand bag walls to keep out more water than that. Though I guess if the water rose too fast it might not have been possible. It just doesn't look like it did. Fast flooding usually has more debris in it and it will typically go higher and then come back down quickly. Trees will have their leaves and smaller lower limbs broken off. Doesn't look like the water was any higher in those pics and it looks like it just gradually came up.

So I don't know the whole story...but I can't help but feel they were well insured and were looking for a reason to increase prices. Perhaps they wanted updated equipment and this way got an insurance company to pay for part of it?

Yea I REALLY doubt they had time for that. The floods are labeled as being worse than Japan's earthquake/tsunami.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/thai-flood-worse-than-earthquake-tsunami-and-nuclear-meltdown/
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Yea I REALLY doubt they had time for that. The floods are labeled as being worse than Japan's earthquake/tsunami.
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/thai-flood-worse-than-earthquake-tsunami-and-nuclear-meltdown/

You'd think it would have to be the case, but I just can't help but wonder...in the pic in that link there are even little shrub like trees that weren't uprooted.

I don't know...probably just different types of land involved so a flood would be much different there. In my area of the world if the water is rising too fast to bag against it will destroy nearly everything and what isn't destroyed will be plastered with mud and plant material. Every pic I've seen from over there looks like the water was just neatly put there. Every thing is so clean...just sitting in water.

Regardless it is a horrible mess and I am glad they are back on their feet.
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They will milk this for years and years. Just like gas, just like DDR3 is about to do.
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Lack of competition, that is.

That's why fusions should be taken with a grain of salt.
    
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