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Western Digital Hard Drive Prices

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Mark Holtz

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    One of the things that I check on occasionally is the price of the Western Digital Black 1TB drive with 64MB of cache. Last month, I swore that NewEgg had this drive on sale for $69.99. Now, it's $139.99 with a limit of 1 per customer. I believe it is because some production facilities and suppliers are shut down due to flooding, but still.... dang!

    This is important for me because sometimes, I test out some alternative systems using a swappable hard drive bay on my computer.
     
  2. Drucifer

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    Someone mention a shortage in another thread. And we all now what happens when there's a sudden shortage.
     
  3. phrelin

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    On October 19, 2011, right after reading about the flooding in Thailand I bought a $69.99 Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive from Amazon. That drive is not available directly from Amazon but one of their sellers is offering it right now for $119.96 with the notation "Only 1 left in stock--order soon."

    There is a thread over in the Dish Forums Hard disk drive shortage looming started October 20. I didn't think to ask a moderator to move it to this forum area.
     
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  5. TBoneit

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    This excerpt from Western Digital

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    In mid-October we temporarily suspended production at our two factories in Thailand, which have been inundated by floodwater, to protect our employees and our equipment and facilities. We manufacture approximately 60 percent of our hard drives in Thailand. With the greatest direct manufacturing exposure to the flooded areas, the impact on our business in the short term will be greater than to other HDD manufacturers.

    In addition, many of our component suppliers have been impacted, leaving material for hard drive production considerably constrained
    End Quote
     
  6. Mark Holtz

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    Me and my big mouth.... those drives went up another $10-$20 in the past 24 hours.

    Shrug.... I still have a spare or two....
     
  7. phrelin

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    Is it a sign of the times? My daily Newegg email subject line led with "Shop Recertified & Save! $17.99 WD 80GB 7200 RPM HDD." I don't save these, but I wonder when a recertified HDD was last the lead item.
     
  8. SayWhat?

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    My latest Tiger ad doesn't even mention HDDs which are usually one of their featured items.

    Edit:

    On 07/14/2011, this was my order :

    Seagate ST320005EXA101 2TB Expansion External Drive - 2TB, USB 2.0
    MPN: ST320005EXA101-RK $79.99 $79.99


    Today, the same item:

    Item Number: S130-9000 Model: ST320005EXA101-RK

    Shipping: In Stock
    Price: $149.99
     
  9. dogbreath

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    Move some facilities to the USA.
     
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  11. Mark Holtz

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  12. Mark Holtz

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    Looking at NewEgg now, the cheapest 1TB drive is now $139. Everything is limited to 1 per customer. Nothing suggests to me that the price highs have been reached.

    It would be interesting to see how both Dish Network and DirecTV react to this. My guess is that the DVRs would probably be reserved for new customers who commit to a super-premium package (America's Everything/DirecTV Premier). And, at the current sizes/prices, SSDs would not make a good substitute for recording high-definition programming. When I had my DirecTiVo, a 40GB hard drive recorded ~35 hours of Standard Definition programming.

    At least with personal computers, it is fairly easy to substitute a lower-capacity drive (and prepare to do a lot of deleting). And the cost of a hard drive is still lower than that of a innocent, hard-working, honest victim of the Thailand floods.
     
  13. SPACEMAKER

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    That would be great if you want to pay $300 for a $100 item.
     
  14. mikeny

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    Wow. I wanted the Samsung SpinPoint 1 TB 2.5 inch 9.5 mm drive for a laptop which I recently discovered at $109. I had read on Newegg's feedback posts that it had been $89.99 which I entered as part of their 'price alert' feature. B & H had it for that price too.

    It's $219.99 now on Newegg!:mad:

    http://camelegg.com/product/N82E16822152291
     
  15. wilbur_the_goose

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    Going the other route, I've become really fascinated with the benefits of solid-state drives. Fast, Fast, Fast!
     
  16. SayWhat?

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    I don't understand the concept of market panic. Drives will be back in production in a few weeks and prices will be back where they were (or lower) shortly thereafter.

    Why pay higher prices now? Let them sit on the shelf.
     
  17. Mark Holtz

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    I think it would be more like a few months instead of a few weeks. Plus, there is a adequate substitute in the form of SSD drives, although you don't get as much space. (Oh noes! That means I have to delete junk!)

    Too bad we don't have pictures of the flooded plant.... oh wait.... TweakTown and LegitReviews have photos.
     
  18. Shades228

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    Echostar and DIRECTV's manufacturers just won't order new hard drives which will just reduce the amount of new receivers going into the field and refurbs will start being used on new installs as well until pricing gets back in line. They also buy in bulk for months at a time so this won't hit their cost really unless this goes on for an extended time.

    True for people who just want a hard drive but if you have to buy one you're going to pay those rates and people will keep ordering them if they have to have one no matter what the cost goes to. Most people don't have multiple drives or spares laying around.
     
  19. dpeters11

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    Most of our systems are under warranty, but this made me curious. Does anyone know who actually makes drives for systems like HP Proliant servers? The official ones that HP uses, not OEM type. I figured someone else made them for HP.
     
  20. Mark Holtz

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    Just checking the prices through camelegg. They are starting to drop down again, but rather slowly. But, for the entire month of November.... OUCH!
     

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