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Hard drive prices skyrocket - holy fucking shit

Discussion in 'Wackbag Tech Support' started by Sinn Fein, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Sinn Fein

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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.
     
  2. whiskeyguy

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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.
     
  3. Sinn Fein

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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.
     
  4. Voss's Tumor

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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.
     
  5. Sinn Fein

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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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    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
     
  7. blazin

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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
     
  8. Hog's Big Ben

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    Sandbags, bitches!
     
  9. Don the Radio Guy

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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?
     
  10. Sinn Fein

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    I remember that shit, when a 4MB 72-pin SIMM was like $299.
     
  11. Don the Radio Guy

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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.
     
  12. vice86

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    Hard Drive prices skyrocket!!

    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
     
  13. vice86

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    Damn it...sorry for the repost.
     
  14. Bobobie

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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.
     
  17. Hate & Discontent

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    I remember ram prices skyrocketing a few years ago after an earthquake over there, too.
     
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    how is this going to affect my trip to Thailand next week for um um ... sightseeing?

    ;)
     
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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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    Be sure to get get an enclosure with a fan if you plan on having it on all the time.
     
  23. stevethrower

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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.
     
  24. Sinn Fein

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    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 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.
     

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