Hard drive prices skyrocket - holy fucking shit

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Has anyone priced hard drives recently? There is a massive shortage due to flooding in Thailand or some shit.

I put together and external eSATA setup for my brother to use with his FIOS DVR and was going to duplicate it for myself, depending on whether or not I get the DVR with the bigger hard drive tomorrow.

A 2TB Western Digital AV series drive with a real nice aluminum enclosure came to under $150.

They don't even have the 2TB anymore and the 1TB is now higher priced the 2TB was a few weeks ago.
 

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Weird. For some reason Western Digital retailers were offloading externals for nothing a couple of weeks back. Between a sale price and a coupon I grabbed a WD Elements 2TB for $55.
 

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I was looking on Newegg which is where I sourced the drive and the enclosure a few weeks ago. I found some other places that still have the 2TB drive in stock for under $100. I am going to wait until I see what Verizon sends me tomorrow.
 
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Well it's not like the prices won't come back down once the supply chain issues are sorted out.

Fucking weird, though, by this point I would imagine they're being made all over the world. Regional weather seems unlikely to affect prices that much.
 

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Google news brings up a bunch of stories about the shortage. Most of them indicate prices haven't gone crazy, but there are increases and shortages of particular drives.
 

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Fucking weird, though, by this point I would imagine they're being made all over the world. Regional weather seems unlikely to affect prices that much.
they WERE made all over the world back in the late 90's. Now? Not so much. Making hard drive platters is very similar to making computer chips. Quantum used to us a modified version of my old company's equipment to make their drives in Worcester, MA. Now that automation has become so good, they can make them for damned near nothing with unskilled labor in Asia. The industries have moved a ton of shit over there. That's the primary reason I stopped working as a contractor for Intel and went into medical
 

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I buy hard drives alot for my biz at MicroCenter

500GB SATA was 49.99 now 79.99
1TB SATA was 59.99 now 119.99



crazy they pretty much doubled
 

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How many are old enough to remember the RAM makers pulling the same trick back in the 90's, always claiming a factory burned down?
 

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I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say that this is a scheme they use to balance out prices. Sell stuff for really low for a while, then use a natural disaster as an excuse to make up some lost funds for a while. Camera makers are notorious for this shit.
 

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Hard Drive prices skyrocket!!

Computerworld - Flooding in Thailand is wreaking havoc on hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturers.

While vendors are expected to keep their most valuable customers - computer system manufacturers -- supplied with inventory, the consumer retail market will likely be hit hard by shortages and price increases, analysts say.

Two industry research firms, IHS iSuppli and IDC, have predicted that the overall market shortage due to factory flooding in Thailand will reach 25% to 28% over the next six months.

The largest producer of hard drives, Western Digital is expected to be hit the hardest as IDC predicts that up to 75% of its production will be temporarily shut down, IDC said today.

IHS iSuppli said fourth quarter hard drive shipments will decline by 27.7% to 125 million units, from 173 million shipped in the third quarter.

Users should expect to see price increases of some 10% over the third quarter.

"You'll start to see PC makers increase prices for some products. So indirectly, consumers will face some higher prices because of higher HDD prices," said John Rydning, a vice president of research at IDC.

Rydning said he also expects that higher prices for USB-attached HDD products.

While it's hard to predict how specific disk drive vendors will allocate affected supplies to computer system customers, manufacturers generally are likely to make certain enterprise system makers are taken care of first, Rydning said.

Computer system manufacturers will also be high on the list, while the consumer buying disk drives at retail stores will be at the bottom, Rydning said.

Already, prices on retail sites such as Pricegrabber.com and Newegg.com have begun skyrocketing in some cases.

For example, the average price of Western Digital's 1.5TB Caviar Green series' internal drive on Pricegrabber has shot up from $162 to $280 over the past five days. The average price of a Toshiba's 1TB Canvio Basics external drive has gone from $109 to about $115 in the same period.

Disk drive makers and their system customers are being hit due to shortages of mechanical and electrical components. The most critical loss for many manufacturers are a key component for read/write heads.

Ironically, one of the major components of read/write heads-- read/write head wafers -- are produced in Ireland, the U.S. and Japan. Another critical component, the slider, though, is produced in Thailand.

The slider is the block on the tip of a read/write head on which the record and playback head (wafer) is mounted. "For Western Digital, we believe that will be the component most critically short in 2012," Rydning said.

Current HDD inventories will be depleted this quarter, which will offset some HDD production shortfall, IDC said.

"We generally believe the HDD industry will find 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."

Toshiba and Western Digital have announced a temporary shutdown of Thailand factories.

Toshiba has reported water is 2 meters deep in its storage device plant and 3 meters deep in its semiconductor factory in Thailand.

IHS iSuppli said the flooding could potentially affect notebook production in early 2012.

David Chang, CFO for PC-maker Asus, warned this week that the company will run out hard disk drives by the end of November.
I thought bullshit till I went to amazon and newegg and saw that the WD 1TB Black drive I bought for $79.99 2 months ago is now up to $220
 

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Damn it...sorry for the repost.
 

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I was debating picking up a new drive a few weeks ago when I was building my new computer, now I wish I had. I could have flipped it on ebay and paid the price for my SSD.
 

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This is apparently going to be a long-term issue, like 6-9 months or more... not a brief disruption in the supply chain.
 

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This sucks. Genius me thought I'd be smart and wait until I filled up the drives currently in my RAID tower before adding any more because prices always go down, right? Drives I paid $129 each for are now $259. Damn Asians.
 

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I remember ram prices skyrocketing a few years ago after an earthquake over there, too.
 

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Just won a 2TB Western Digital AV-GP hard drive on eBay... Brand new in the wrapper, for about $60 less than the lowest price I can find for it online since the big price jump.

I have to order up an enclosure and I will be enjoying massive DVR capacity shortly.
 

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Just won a 2TB Western Digital AV-GP hard drive on eBay... Brand new in the wrapper, for about $60 less than the lowest price I can find for it online since the big price jump.

I have to order up an enclosure and I will be enjoying massive DVR capacity shortly.
Be sure to get get an enclosure with a fan if you plan on having it on all the time.
 
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I remember that shit, when a 4MB 72-pin SIMM was like $299.
That was cheap... I had to find whatever memory I could find for some IBM Microchannel 486 cash controllers... I think IBM had to source it from like Italy or something... oh and the wacky store loop cards were like $600 or $800 which were not actually being used as the cash registers were connected by Ethernet... but you had to have the loop cards installed so the OS would work.
 

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Be sure to get get an enclosure with a fan if you plan on having it on all the time.
Way ahead of you. I got this enclosure:

Rosewill RX-358 V2 SLV

Both the drive and the enclosure came today, I put it all together and am currently enjoying massive DVR capacity.
 

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That was cheap... I had to find whatever memory I could find for some IBM Microchannel 486 cash controllers... I think IBM had to source it from like Italy or something... oh and the wacky store loop cards were like $600 or $800 which were not actually being used as the cash registers were connected by Ethernet... but you had to have the loop cards installed so the OS would work.
That proprietary point-of-sale shit has always been grossly overpriced.

I work on some of that stuff and it cracks me up how much parts cost and some of this stuff is fucking ancient.