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Windows 7: Skyrocketing price of mechanical hard drives

14 Nov 2011   #111
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

We're all in the same boat !!!!

I bought a brilliant state of the art Sony Vaio i5 laptop with a Huge nice screen and 8GB memory
/ 500 GB HDD.

But Guess what:

I'm on my way to Brussels with an ACER Aspire one netbook with 4GB memory installed and put a 500 GB HDD 7500 RPM in it instead of the 120 GB standard HDD-- so much more portable and with an external Monitor no complaints at all --the AMD dual core processors work fine for 90% of applications including Photoshop CS5.

The Sony is mega great but try getting on crowded trains /planes with 14 / 15 inch screen laptop.

The Sony I've left at home to be used instead of a desktop.

Cheers
jimbo


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14 Nov 2011   #112
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Beta View Post
Most SSD are still made in the good USA.
Can you name one?
Some of the new NAND chips might be produced in Virginia and Utah but most SSD drives and NAND are made in Singapore. (Intel, Seagate, Crucial (Micron), Samsung, STEC, et. al.)

Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Samsung are all Thailand based HDD manufacturers. Thailand accounts for about 70% of the HDD market.

As of today, there's about 14 days of HDD stock left in the "pipeline". It's expected to take about 60-days, after about a 30-day clean-up, to reach production levels and another 30-days to re-fill the "pipeline". At best, it will be four months before you'll see new HDD drives. At about 200 Million drives a month, the market will be hungry! And it WILL be China that has their hands in the pie too.
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14 Nov 2011   #113
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

i thought Thailand only accounted for like 45% as its second to china in terms of production.

your forcast is scary! im hoping that for months is the maximum! ive been reading other reports that state q2 of next year! thats almost 10months!
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14 Nov 2011   #114
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Q2-2012 sounds about right but April 1 would be Q2. So the rest of November, December, January, February and March to go.

That's if they started clean-up today. Most factories, as I understand, still have a couple of meters of water in them.
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14 Nov 2011   #115
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote:
Ff you have any laptops you've replaced or have some colleagues who are replacing laptops then just remove the HDD and put it in a 10 USD enclosure -- these convert it to standard EXTERNAL USB HDD's.
Most docking stations will handle both 3.5" and 2.5" drives. If you have USB 3.0 5 Gb/s you may find the drives will run at full speed in USB 3.0 docks. At least my 3.5" WD Caviar Black 6 Gb/s drives do.

Depends on your situation. If you want drives to throw in a canvas bag then the enclosure may be preferable. But if you want to swap drives around with your desktops the docks are ideal. I have a USB 2.0 dock on my WD TV set top box. Just slide an internal drive in to play videos. (It's the old Gen1 no Live network, but the dock is nearly as convenient.)
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14 Nov 2011   #116
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Forgot to mention: NASA has a satellite image of the area taken October 31st. The image covers approximately 2500 square miles and about 1/4-1/3 of that is under water.
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15 Nov 2011   #117
DGLang

WIN 7 PRO x64
 
 

I recently bought two WD 3TB drives from Newegg at $79.xx each. They are now selling at over $157.00 each.

It's really tough because I still need to purchase 4 more 3TB drives to replace 7 1.5 TB drives on my media server/HTPC. I also need two move 3TB drives to serve as backups for the HTPC on my 'main' machine which corrently contains the previously purchased 3TB drives partially backing up the HTPC.
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15 Nov 2011   #118
Beta

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 and Mac OS X 10.8.3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Beta View Post
Most SSD are still made in the good USA.
Can you name one?
Some of the new NAND chips might be produced in Virginia and Utah but most SSD drives and NAND are made in Singapore. (Intel, Seagate, Crucial (Micron), Samsung, STEC, et. al.)
LSI makes alot of the controllers chips in the USA for many companies.
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16 Nov 2011   #119
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

ATTENTION UK PEOPLE (don't mean to be countriest lol)

I just found a seller in the uk selling 1tb sata3 western digital drives for £50.
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/vie...id=49658309007

I appologies for the mobile site, ebays being odd on my blackberry today as I can't get 3g lol.

I just snapped one up and may get a second, only has 7 left!
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16 Nov 2011   #120
lhorwinkle

Win 7
 
 

Four years ago I paid $80 for a 250 GB drive.
So today, $157 for a 3 TB drive is cheap.
That's 6x more for the dollar.
CHEAP!
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