[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/[/newsimage]Seagate announced that it's 2.5" hard disk market has almost recovered to pre-flood levels and has had soaring profits thanks to the prices being pushed up about 28%. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/seagate-2-5-hdd-market-now-recovered-from-flood-61331/](http://www.myce.com/news/seagate-2-5-hdd-market-now-recovered-from-flood-61331/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
so with higher than average prices and these agreements lasting 12 to 18 months
Something to discourage buying drives any time soon…
Bugger … I have office PC’s that need replacing … FFS.
Maybe now is the time to start considering Dumb terminals and virtualisation …
I’m happy to see it. Now maybe we won’t be getting anymore watered-down products from Seagate.
Those 12 - 18 month agreements are exactly why my company couldn’t get the 2.5" enterprise SATA drives for several months due to the shortages.
These agreements guarantee that the OEMs get priority over the rest of us in the market when there are shortages.
And… at some point next year there will be a governmental probe about market manipulation and price gouging by hard drive companies which may lead to one or two HDD companies being broken up… or facing very high fines.
Now maybe Seagate can get moving on a 2TB 2.5" HDD. I’ve already filled up my 1.5TB 2.5" in my HTPC with 66 ripped Blu-ray movies (yes, I own the movies).