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HDD Price Watch: The Impact of Thailand’s Floods

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The massive flooding in Thailand late last year put thousands of hard drive factories under water. Hard drive prices skyrocketed as a result and have remained high since. These charts map out the prices over intervening months.

Over at TechSpot they’ve compiled charts and graphs of hard drive prices over the last six months documenting wild price increases. How wild are we talking? The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB was $179 before the flooding and is now a whopping $429.99. Even less dramatically impacted models are still 60-80% more expensive than they were half a year ago.

Hit up the link below for the full article with comparisons of desktop and notebook hard drives.

HDD Price Watch: Three Months Into the Thai Floods [TechSpot]

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  • Published 02/8/12

Comments (6)

  1. man

    what a waste of resources!

  2. Gordon

    I run a small IT business and we often supply clients with external hard drives, last year the average price for a 500GB hard drive was £35, last week the cheapest I could find was £70!

    Thing is, the real victims are the workers who are out of a job because of these floods, and the suffering businesses.

  3. S Vetter

    So, because of one or more companies had the lack of forethought they put all the manufacturing in one country that suffered a disaster. Are companies getting more stupid? Whatever happened to disaster recovery planning?

  4. Dano

    SSD’s are competitive right now.

  5. Bob Bobson

    My (100GB) drive all but died a couple of weeks ago. I started looking for a new, used drive to replace it (100-250GB) and the prices in the classifieds have not changed much since the flood. Unfortunately they were already high to begin with (I have been watching them for a new used drive for the past two or three years).

    For some reason, people think the electronics they want to sell is worth a whole lot more than it is, and that includes old, small hard-drives. I can only imagine what will happen to the price of used drives (yes, even old, small ones) once word about the flood spreads around to non-techies.

  6. jordan

    @ Gordon
    Yes i agree with that but what about people who use a lot of hdds and have to buy new 1s
    (ps : plz no replies with just buy a bigger 1 I do I buy 2-3tb 1s I can’t find any bigger)
    Any1 know where i can buy a petabyte hdd lol
    i want them 2 exist now not in 20 yrs me sad

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