[QUOTE=Anthony1uk;2676337]Hard Drive makers have turned greedy; since the Thialand floods they have upped their prices to almost double and never put them back. It reeks of profiteering and the fact that the big two - Western Digital and Seagate have bought out all others (including the much better Samsung hard drive devision) further is a pee take
SSD makers have on the other hand been doing all they can to drop prices.
For this I feel happier paying my hard earned for a SSD than a Hard Drive.
Optical media the only use is buying movies and console games. And I hope this remains as 1080p downloaded will be some naff 5-10GB low bitrate movie file which the creators will argue is good enough when the whole point of 1080p is you want it to be more than good enough and thus I want my 30GB Blu-ray disk filled and to remain to exist as download speeds will never reach a level of allowing 30GB regular downloads anytime soon.[/QUOTE]
Actually retail prices are only 5%-15% higher than pre-flood prices
The best pre-flood price I ever saw (and TRUST ME, I watch prices)
on a Western Digital 500gb “Black” HDD was on sale for $59 at Newegg.
On sale TODAY those drives are on sale for $64.99.
While I am as harsh as anyone on HDD mfg’s and their flood excuses for price gouging Especially Seagate who makes most of their drives in CHINA. so how does a flood in Thailand affect drive production in China?
The fact is that prices HAVE dropped back to nearly what they were.
Yet still HDD storage space is currently a bit more than $0.10/Gb.
SSD Storage averages around $0.90/gb.
the price of SSD storage space has to drop further, and SSD drive size needs to increase. Also NAND lifespan needs to improve by a factor of three (10k write cycles or so) but it is pretty obvious the writing is on the wall for Spinning HArd drives.
But reports of their demise are at present exaggerated and premature