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Old 10-24-2011, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hard Drive Shortages and Higher Prices Confirmed Due To Flooding in Thailand

A few days ago we were speculating, along with the rest of the web, that the massive flooding in Thailand could end up playing havoc with the mechanical drive industry. New images of Western Digitalís flagship production facility just barely above water have surfaced (no pun intended), along with dire predictions from CEO John Coyne. According to Coyne, the water damage will result in significantly reduced hard drive supplies going into 2012.

CRN is reporting that hard drive prices are already beginning to spike in distribution channels, and OEMís are likely to be the hardest hit. Apple CEO Tim Cook claims they are already planning around possible shortages, and a Dell Spokesperson confirmed the same.

Head on over to thisismynext.com for more photos of the devastation.

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Maximum PCís focus is on the technology impact of this disaster, but as always, our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the tragedy.

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Not just WD. Seagate is hurting too. Though their factories are not underwater, many of their suppliers were affected by the floods.
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Get your drives now! :P
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Or wait a few months and the prices will settle down again. The same thing happened a few years ago with RAM modules. And then there's SSDs - it would be a good opportunity for them to step in with more affordable options.
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months and the prices will settle down again. The same thing happened a few years ago with RAM modules. And then there's SSDs - it would be a good opportunity for them to step in with more affordable options.
SSDs have already become very affordable for what you get. Newegg has a 120gb OCZ Agility 3 12OGB for $125 after rebate which is a steal.
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And what was that just a year ago? $300 or more?
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And what was that just a year ago? $300 or more?
Easily, a drive like that was well over $200 six months ago.
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Get your drives now! :P
Hope you got them yesterday, its too late now.
Been watching Newegg, things are getting silly:
$80 1TB Samsung F3, think the price is staying put since its sold out.
$140 1TB Barracuda 7200.12.
$190 1TB WD Caviar Black.
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WTF.... Those increases are ridiculous....
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Yeah, prices have gone up about 100-150% over here. The 1TB Samsung drive I bought for £45 two years ago, was £40 a month ago, is now hovering around £100. Pricing out budget builds just got a lot harder!
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