I'm planning on doing a build when Ivy Bridge comes out next year, but it looks like I'm going to end up using my 8 year old 2/3 TB drive a little longer.
This shortage will drive up demand across the board for disks, so SSDs shouldn't drop at all for a while, because they will start filling the void of cheap storage without low price per gigabyte hard disks. Nobody really wins because WD and friends would have made more money with 50% more drives sold at the old prices than they will at the inflated prices.
10 to 60% That must be in the USA. Here in Canada I'm looking at a WD Caviar Black 2TB that I bought a few months back for $129, now on for $299. That's over 130%. Most 500gb drives that were 49 bucks are now $99
[citation][nom]gladiator_mohaa[/nom]WD Cav Black drives went from 90 for a 1tb to 219! That's way more the a 100 percent![/citation]
I see drives every day on newegg that are 3 times as much as they were a month ago. That's not 60%, that is 300% increase in price.
In particular, I'm talking about drives that were low end anyway, 500GB or less. The larger drives (1.5TB and up) are the wisest investment right now, although I won't be buying any until this all works out.
A 3TB drive was $200, now it is $300. That's a 50% increase, in case anyone is wondering..
[citation][nom]iam2thecrowe[/nom]are all hard drives 100% produced in thailand? or only parts of them? Are there any HDD's not made there that are unaffected?[/citation]
Plenty of hard drives are not produced in Thailand, but they are still effected. The ones still produced are members of a smaller supply. The only way to stop a true shortage is to increase the price, therefore all the HDD are now more expensive.
Went to newegg today to see how much 3TB cost at this moment. A Seagate 3TB SATA 6GB/s 7200rpm cost a staggering $430 and don't forget that $8 bucks shipping charge.
LOL it's even more expensive than a GTX 570 or HD6970!