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Windows 7: Hard drive prices - and innovation - decline

02 Apr 2013   #1
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Hard drive prices - and innovation - decline

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The price hikes from the Thai flooding in late 2011 are fading fast. So are increases in drive areal density. Is stagnation the new normal?

Hard drive price watching firm PriceG2 - though Storage Newsletter - reported that hard drive prices declined 5% in the first quarter of 2013. While good news for consumers, expect to see even steeper declines this quarter.

Why? Because an accelerating sales decline in PCs is meeting a rising tide of disk drive production.

The bad news? Vendors can afford to do this because they're cutting back on hard drive innovation.

Read more at source:
Hard drive prices - and innovation - decline | ZDNet

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02 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

I'm yet to be convinced.
A 2TB HDD still costs significantly more now (10% - 15%) than it cost in Aug 2011.

I have noticed a significant drop in 3TB HDD prices though.

On a similar subject, does anyone know why RAM prices have skyrocketed since January (up 33% at my supplier)?
Small SSD prices have increased too.
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02 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've actually noticed a slight drop in HDD prices. Recently had to purchase a new internal 1TB WD Caviar Black since 1 of my 2 internals had decided it wanted bad sectors and needed to be replaced. I paid $99USD for the new 1TB while I recall paying somewhere in the vicinity of $120~$130USD back a year ago for a 1TB HDD.
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02 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

SSD prices are still declining and when SSD becomes mainstream, regular HDD prices will soar as they are going to be phased out within a decade IMO.
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02 Apr 2013   #5

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Perhaps in the very near future we'll see SSDs with SLC nand in terabyte sizes becoming very affordable.

Peter, RAM prices here seem to be steady or slightly falling. I saw a 16GB, 2x8GB, 1866 kit today for $114.
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02 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Interesting

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Perhaps in the very near future we'll see SSDs with SLC nand in terabyte sizes becoming very affordable.

Peter, RAM prices here seem to be steady or slightly falling. I saw a 16GB, 2x8GB, 1866 kit today for $114.
I bought 8GB DDR3 1333 G-Skill Ares F3-1333C9D-8GAO (4GB x 2) for $48 in January.

When I was checking prices last week it was $64 (it's still the same today).
It wasn't only G-Skill, all the brands had increased by a similar amount.

3TB seems to be the "sweet spot" for HDDs at the moment.
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02 Apr 2013   #7

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Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, F3-1333C9D-8GAO
Maybe I haven't been paying close enough attention mate.

Personally I don't like huge drives, my biggest is 750GB I use as my data drive with Users and such on it. I also have a 500GB HDD for useless storage.
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02 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

With both of the two long time HD manufacturers working on expanding capacities ten fold with Seagate working on a new coating for drive platters to see upwards of 20tb to way up even above 60tb you can expect to see prices on 1-4tb models drop sharply once those new drives become available! Prices falling as capacities also increase with SSDs can also be a factor in seeing lower Sata II and III prices come down.

When mentioning how capacities on drives will be seeing a rather large leap at some time maybe sooner then we would suspect another hardware is also seeing a leap in a new direction as far as Ram cpacities as well. http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...ndwidth_by_15X

Here's part of the opening for that one:

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Computerworld - Backed by 100 tech companies, the three largest memory makers announced the final specifications for three-dimensional DRAM, which is aimed at increasing performance for networking and high performance computing markets.

Micron, Samsung and Hynix are leading the technology development efforts backed by the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMC). The technology, called a Hybrid Memory Cube, will stack multiple volatile memory dies on top of a DRAM controller.

The DRAM is connected to the controller by way of the relatively new silicon VIA (Vertical Interconnect Access) technology, a method of passing an electrical wire vertically through a silicon wafer.
While SSDs are bringing faster drive speeds a new technology like this could boost memory speeds which would get us past the notion that pc hardwares can no longer see leaps. This promises more then just another ten fold equation like going from PC100, 133 Simm to DDR or from DDR to DDR2 to DDR3 over time.
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03 Apr 2013   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
With both of the two long time HD manufacturers working on expanding capacities ten fold with Seagate working on a new coating for drive platters to see upwards of 20tb to way up even above 60tb you can expect to see prices on 1-4tb models drop sharply once those new drives become available! Prices falling as capacities also increase with SSDs can also be a factor in seeing lower Sata II and III prices come down.
What's that mean?
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03 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

tb = Terabit, (though think it should actually be tB (terabyte), which is 1024 (or 1000) GigaByte
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