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Windows 7: Skyrocketing price of mechanical hard drives

04 Dec 2011   #171
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I think it's more component shortage than drive production itself. I was reading that not only the drive factories were flooded but also the primary disk drive motor manufacturer was flooded. The manufacturer supplies 70% of the disk drive motors Worldwide. That may be where I got confused on drive production in Thailand.

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With the world's top four HDD manufacturers operating in Thailand, the country handles 60% of the global production. Japan's Nidec, which supplies 70% of the world's spindle motors for HDDs, also operates here.
Source: Bangkok Post



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04 Dec 2011   #172
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
I think it's more component shortage than drive production itself. I was reading that not only the drive factories were flooded but also the primary disk drive motor manufacturer was flooded. The manufacturer supplies 70% of the disk drive motors Worldwide. That may be where I got confused on drive production in Thailand.

Quote:
With the world's top four HDD manufacturers operating in Thailand, the country handles 60% of the global production. Japan's Nidec, which supplies 70% of the world's spindle motors for HDDs, also operates here.
Source: Bangkok Post
Hum that makes a bit more sense carwiz
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04 Dec 2011   #173
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

...and this is one of the problems we can expect for moving all the industrial / factory work out of america.

...just a bad principle all around really you don't want all your 'eggs' in one 'basket' like that for this very reason.

If something goes wrong everything is borked.
Having all of one kind of manufacturing in one place makes about as much sense as stacking a bunch of nuclear reactors on top of each other in a zone prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.

p.s. component shortages are actually likely to happen at some point down the road. It's part of the reason I suggest people find out where their local electronics recycling center is, instead of tossing old computers, tvs, and things like that. Especially any kind of memory there are base components that can be easily recovered from it and more supply just means better prices at the end of the day.
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04 Dec 2011   #174
BrightBlessings

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05 Dec 2011   #175
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
WD Stock

Their stock jumped up 10% one day last week.
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05 Dec 2011   #176
Maguscreed

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If samsung keep dropping the prices on the ssd's much more they may actually start becoming an option for more people.
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05 Dec 2011   #177
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi all
Lat Saturday --bought 2 X 1 TB 2.5 inch LAPTOP HDD's (didn't even know they made 1TB laptop 2.5 inch disks!! ) with 2 X external enclosures -- whole package 265 EUR (inc tax). OK the HDD's are only 5400 RPM but I'm using these for music / video streaming via a server -- the USB2 connection is faste enough for these.

Actually the 2.5 inch disks are a lot more robust than the standard internal HDD's that are used in work stations / desktops as they are designed for laptops which will get a lot more rough treatment than a standard desktop.

I can assure you that a laptop on an Oil Rig gets a fair bit of abuse --and still works !!!!.

If you need extra storage space still at cheap prices look at the option of Laptop drives and fit them into standard enclosures so they behave just like external HDD's. There's plenty of these around -- and also if you are getting a new laptop why not remove the old HDD as well --it's always useful for keeping backup images, music, photos, scanned documents etc on.

Cheers

jimbo
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05 Dec 2011   #178
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
...and this is one of the problems we can expect for moving all the industrial / factory work out of america.

...just a bad principle all around really you don't want all your 'eggs' in one 'basket' like that for this very reason.

If something goes wrong everything is borked.
Having all of one kind of manufacturing in one place makes about as much sense as stacking a bunch of nuclear reactors on top of each other in a zone prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.

p.s. component shortages are actually likely to happen at some point down the road. It's part of the reason I suggest people find out where their local electronics recycling center is, instead of tossing old computers, tvs, and things like that. Especially any kind of memory there are base components that can be easily recovered from it and more supply just means better prices at the end of the day.
Wow you figured this out easily yet top CEOs and related execs paid a king's ransom many times over couldn't..WHAT in the HECK are they paying these people running the companies for?
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05 Dec 2011   #179
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
...and this is one of the problems we can expect for moving all the industrial / factory work out of america.

...just a bad principle all around really you don't want all your 'eggs' in one 'basket' like that for this very reason.

If something goes wrong everything is borked.
Having all of one kind of manufacturing in one place makes about as much sense as stacking a bunch of nuclear reactors on top of each other in a zone prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.

p.s. component shortages are actually likely to happen at some point down the road. It's part of the reason I suggest people find out where their local electronics recycling center is, instead of tossing old computers, tvs, and things like that. Especially any kind of memory there are base components that can be easily recovered from it and more supply just means better prices at the end of the day.
Wow you figured this out easily yet top CEOs and related execs paid a king's ransom many times over couldn't..WHAT in the HECK are they paying these people running the companies for?
They not only run companies but the same likes run our Countries.
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05 Dec 2011   #180
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Wow you figured this out easily yet top CEOs and related execs paid a king's ransom many times over couldn't..WHAT in the HECK are they paying these people running the companies for?
Back when I was a "suit" we made five-year plans in business. Today, the plan is annual but split into quarters. The prime objective is to make money. That's what businesses do. It's the CEO's job to make money for the investors. If you can pay someone else to make parts cheaper than you can make them, it adds black to the bottom line. If you're the maker of the parts and can do it in high volume, the parts are cheaper to make. It's called economies of scale. The more you make, the less it costs for each part. If the parts are made by 100 factories scattered all over, you loose the benefit of economies of scale and the price goes up and profit goes down.
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