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Hard drive prices falling yet?
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5418 posts
Since the floods in Thailand hard drive prices went up to some pretty crazy prices and a lot of tech sites were saying they would slowly come back down to normal prices around now. So, have they? I just checked Umart and the price for a Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache is $140, is that your average price for a product like that? I haven't looked at hard drive prices for awhile now, so a bit out of the loop.
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skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5219 posts
Yes. (more or less)

I wouldn't get a WD Green drive again after watching how much better the black ones are.

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Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5419 posts
But is that what prices were like before the floods, or just the inflated price at the moment?
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Jayman
Brisbane, Queensland
627 posts
5400 2TB HDD's were $80 before the floods... they're 130 now at MSY so nup, not really. They're taking there sweet time to come down.
12:26am 22/02/12 Permalink
Jim
UK
12650 posts
they've come down a bit, but are still inflated
I wouldn't expect them to return in line with production rates any time soon because everyone likes an excuse to boost pricing
12:27am 22/02/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5220 posts
Including inflation and change in technology, kind of yes, kind of no. I think it was more around the $100 per terabyte but i think that was for the low end market of the seagates and wd's.

Edit: just realise that the 1tb's aren't good value for money right now. They're not the bulk built item they were during floods.

Now the 2tb ones are mainstream and 1tb ones are replacing failed raid drives and smaller builds.

http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=2TB+64mb+state%3Aqld&spos=1

Plenty of drives with 2tb for <200 etc
12:28am 22/02/12 Permalink
Nukleuz
Perth, Western Australia
128 posts
I asked this question when I last went to PLE computers (probably best supplier in WA) about one or two months ago and the last they had heard was that a lot of the factories were still under water. Not sure what the case is yet but they're probably still well below production capacity.
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Dodgymon
Brisbane, Queensland
2024 posts
Not only are they taking their sweet time to reduce the price aparently they will not be back to pre flood production levels until sept.

On top of that all drives post flood will be 1 year warranty.
02:16am 22/02/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
10068 posts
On top of that all drives post flood will be 1 year warranty.
WHAT? That's ridiculous!
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HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
20531 posts
Damn I really need to buy some for my NAS
08:56am 22/02/12 Permalink
step
Brisbane, Queensland
2403 posts
On top of that all drives post flood will be 1 year warranty.
Negative, it's not all drives.
09:14am 22/02/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
10069 posts
on a side note, i have 4x750gb green drives for sale
offers?
09:39am 22/02/12 Permalink
jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7613 posts
Not gonna catch up to red with 750gb drives man
09:52am 22/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5421 posts
on a side note, i have 4x750gb green drives for sale
offers?

How much are you asking? I may actually just grab one or two though, only have ~300GB left on this 1TB.
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Bromby
38 posts
But is that what prices were like before the floods, or just the inflated price at the moment?


No, still inflated. I bought a Seagate SATA3 2TB Barracuda 64mb Cache @ $79.00 from Umart pre floods.
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hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
10070 posts
Dunno, $50 a piece?
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Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5423 posts
Sounds good, I'll grab 2 when I get paid Monday next week if you still have em.
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