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Windows 7: Skyrocketing price of mechanical hard drives

11 Nov 2011   #71
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Up until now stocking up would have been crazy as prices were plummeting like a rock. I bought a 2 gig drive for $130 not long ago and by the time I acutally used it I could have bought it for $80!


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11 Nov 2011   #72
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I wouldn't fret, for some reason the price of external hdds haven't jumped as crazily as internal hdds.

2TB Hitachi external can be had for $119.99 on Newegg.
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11 Nov 2011   #73
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Can't really compare a external drive with a usb 2.0/3.0, 5400 rpm, 8gb cache with a proper sata II/III 7200 rpm / 64gb cache drive.
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11 Nov 2011   #74
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

^ Yes, indeed. Access time are much lower that way.

Also, this tragedy is really unfortunate. However, I see a chance for the SSD to shine or at least have more spotlight. We might see a huge price drop for those in the near future.
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11 Nov 2011   #75
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Why would they drop the price of SSDs?
They can hold the price and look more competitive.

I agree that dropping the price now, would be better from the long-term perspective (use this opportunity to get more people hooked).
These days short-term profit, trumps long-term returns.

IMO, the price of SSDs won't drop (for many years) they'll just slowly increase the capacity.
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11 Nov 2011   #76
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
IMO, the price of SSDs won't drop (for many years) they'll just slowly increase the capacity.
That statement may go down in history, like:
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
— Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment, in 1977.
In 1975 a TV repairman said he thought the price of VCRs (remember them?) was as low as possible due to the high tech involved and preciseness of manufacturing, etc, etc. They were (on sale) around $1500 at the time.
I had to replace a HDD, 80GB,5400 RPM, at a cost of $189.
Not putting you down at all here, but I see the SSD price per gigabyte falling a lot in the next two years. OEMs will soon be including them as a standard drive, in laptops first then more in desktops, driving demand, supply and tech to make them better and faster.
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12 Nov 2011   #77
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
IMO, the price of SSDs won't drop (for many years) they'll just slowly increase the capacity.
That statement may go down in history, like:
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
— Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment, in 1977.
In 1975 a TV repairman said he thought the price of VCRs (remember them?) was as low as possible due to the high tech involved and preciseness of manufacturing, etc, etc. They were (on sale) around $1500 at the time.
I had to replace a HDD, 80GB,5400 RPM, at a cost of $189.
Not putting you down at all here, but I see the SSD price per gigabyte falling a lot in the next two years. OEMs will soon be including them as a standard drive, in laptops first then more in desktops, driving demand, supply and tech to make them better and faster.

I totally agree, unless there is collusion involved with manufacturers .

I hope by some miracle that some of the HDD makers might set up shop back in the USA. Considering transportation costs it is starting to make good sense now.
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12 Nov 2011   #78
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Can't really compare a external drive with a usb 2.0/3.0, 5400 rpm, 8gb cache with a proper sata II/III 7200 rpm / 64gb cache drive.
Actually the Hitachis I linked (Touro Desk series) are their newest models (5K3000) sporting 5940rpm with 32MB cache.

If you want the 7200rpm versions (7K3000) they are called the Touro Desk Pro series and cost $10 more respectively.

I would buy their external just to use it as internal. At the current prices now it's a steal.

hitachi global storage technologies
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12 Nov 2011   #79
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ohh...this is painful. A three terabyte hard drive cost 160 dollars in August. It's now almost 300! I think the French say, "Mon dieu!"
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12 Nov 2011   #80
lhorwinkle

Win 7
 
 

It's not so bad. I saw a drive 30 years ago ... 5 MB for $5000. Just the raw drive. So that's $1000 per MB. (And that was with NO controller and NO host adapter.)

Today's 2 TB drive for $300 ... is just $0.0015 per MB. CHEAP!!!!
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