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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. SayWhat?

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    I was wondering about that. I've gotten some emails 'specials' lately that don't seem to be too far off what they were a few months ago. Still high, but not as bad.

    Tiger has a Seagate 1.5TB for $69
     
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    They use a few different manufacturers - they still have the normal labels on them. They buy drives they need, match them to the appropriate tray/sled, and stick on a HP Spares number sticker. I've seen Seagate, Western Digital, and I think one other I can't remember at the moment (Fujitsu?).
     
  3. Mark Holtz

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    I just checked CamelEgg this morning, and prices are dropping now on hard drives. Mind you, prices are still way above pre-flood prices, but below insane. Examples for Western Digital drives:

    750MB 32MB Cache: Dec 03, 2011 08:33 AM $179.99 -> Jan 20, 2012 12:56 AM $139.99
    1TB 32MB Cache: Dec 09, 2011 04:41 AM $249.99 -> Jan 20, 2012 12:56 AM $159.99
    1.5TB 64MB Cache: Nov 03, 2011 12:37 AM $229.99 -> Jan 21, 2012 12:52 AM $169.99

    Not all prices are dropping. My favorite drive, a 1 TB 64MB cache, is still at $239.
     
  4. SayWhat?

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    Newegg has several 2TB drives under $150, different brands, RPMs, cache, speed, etc.
     
  5. Matt9876

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    Back in the day I vividly remember paying $5,000 for a 500MB drive.

    Prices on hard drives should be falling due to the popularity of tablet computers and smart phones.
     
  6. Drucifer

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    The new Ultrabooks have SSDs. In another few years the HDDs will be the latest dinosaurs in the tech world.
     
  7. djlong

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    I don't think so. I think you're going to get the hybrid balance. You'll have your SSD for the stuff that needs to be blazing fast (page & swap files, system libraries, application code) and then regular 'rotational' drives which are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE cheaper for 'slower' storage.

    For example, I don't need the kind of seek and transfer rates for my iTunes library or the several terabytes of video that I have. So I can have my $500 SSD as my system drive (these days buying me between 0.25 and 0.5GB) and $500 worth of "spinning rust" that, today, will buy me something like 10TB for video, backups, etc.
     
  8. B Newt

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    I would like to see a computer boot up with a ssd as the boot drive. Interested how fast it will boot compared to a regular hard drive.
     
  9. RasputinAXP

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    About 12 seconds on my laptop.
     
  10. SayWhat?

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    Well, they're getting back down slowly. Tiger is running a 2TB Seagate internal for $99 after rebate and a 2TB WD NAS for $149

    Maybe a few more months.
     
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  12. Mark Holtz

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    If I get a hard drive now, it would probably be for my own NAS. Must investigate that.
     
  13. TBoneit

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    Periodically Newegg runs email specials like this one. Since I like the Qnap I bought.
    I also saw the 3TB Red on email special with the Promo code for $125 each.

    I'll have to see how the WD red NAS drives hold up. Three year warranty however, I also remember when Warranties had climbed even higher on Hard Drives before they dropped them back to One year in many instances.

    I have decided that a NAS needs a NAS drive. Seagate makes them too. You pay more but it may be worth it.

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  14. SayWhat?

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    Tiger Special:

    WD Red 2 TB NAS $85
     
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    SayWhat?

    Just a reminder that would be a 2Tb if mirrored and 4Tb if striped. IMHO striping increases the risk of data loss due it only requiring either drive to lose all the data. To me that is a doubling of the risk.

    To me the Newegg description is more accurate as it shows 2 x 2Tb drives.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178332
    $329.99 and free shipping
    FWIW............... The reviews were not that good on this unit.

    TBoneit
     
  17. SayWhat?

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    Yeah, I know. And it doesn't really change even if you go to 3 or 4 drives. You really have to go with bigger drives which jacks the cost up. I'm wonde4ring though if there's a combination configuration. Let's say you go to a 4 bay enclosure with 4 2TB drives. Drive 0 and 1 mirror each other. Drive 2 and 3 mirror each other. Then Drives 1/2 and 3/4 stripe for a total of 4 TB. Or is that too stupid?

    I was looking at this stuff for a while, but it made my brain hurt. Somebody suggested using a PogoPlug configured with ArcLinux and several USB EHDs. Did some reading there and kept seeing mixed reviews. Also, they apparently won't recognize any drive larger than 2TB.

    For now, I picked up a 3TB EHD to add to the 2TB already in use. Since it's connected to one PC on the LAN, I can use it from the other boxes. I plan on using the 3TB the same way from another box . That'll give me 5TB in addition to the 2 1TB drives in the main PC. The laptop is only a 320GB, so I should be able to do a full backup of it on the 3TB as well as the user files of the main PC and the two secondaries. I'm not overly concerned about transfer speeds, so I think the USBs will work for me for now.
     
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    With four 2 TB drives you should be able to go to RAID 5 - striping with parity, for a total of 6 TB. That can withstand any one drive going down.
     
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