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Hard drive prices - and innovation - decline

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hard drive prices - and innovation - decline

    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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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    I used to go down to my local store and buy several WD 500 GB's at a time, for 40 bucks apiece. I still have a lot of those, many of them still under that original 5 year warranty. But recently I bought a 2 TB MyBook, and it failed within the first 2 weeks I had it. They sent me a new one pronto, but still, WD's used to be rock solid. I've got a Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid I had in my laptop, it booted windows 7 in 20 seconds cold. Seagates are 50/50, you either get a good one and it lasts a while, or they crap out immediately or are dead on arrival.
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode

    I picked up 4 2tb drives before the floods @ $69.cad apiece.
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    Vista and Win7

    I hope the prices for larger SSDs (e.g. 500GB) will come down to an affordable level. Then I would throw out all my spinners.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I could care less about the manufacturer's, I want a bloody three TB hard drive for 120 dollars already! Or four for 130! Get it together!

    But I'd love to see SSD prices go down further and increase storage amounts.
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