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Wednesday, 07 July 2010 09:21

Hard-drive prices fall

Written by Nick Farell


Tight supply prevents it getting worse
The price of hard-drives is falling fast. According to Digitimes hard drive quotes in Taiwan at the end of June dropped 10-20 per cent compared to levels seen at the beginning of the second quarter.

Fortunately for the manufacturers they have not been making enough of the gear since the second quarter of 2009 causing quotes to remain at a high level until the second quarter of 2010. Europe's bond crisis has now started affecting PC demand, and manufacturers are adjusting their shipment forecast downward for the third quarter. This helped relieve the shortage of hard drives and even turned the market status to over-supply, and now it seems that hard drive makers started reducing their prices.

Capacities over 500GB at the end of June had an average drop of about 20 per cent compared to the beginning of the second quarter, while 250GB and 320GB capacities had an average drop of about 10 per cent.

Digitimes expects hard drive shipments will remain at levels seen in the second quarter, though previous years had generally seen strong growth in this time frame. The numbers of hard drive suppliers worldwide has been reduced to just five players. This makes it unlikely that a price war will happen this year which will give the industry time to become healthier.

Nick Farell

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+8 #1 JWellington 2010-07-07 09:42
It's nice to see a 2TB HDD for the price of what a 1TB one was worth a years ago.
 
 
+4 #2 P1n3apqlExpr3ss 2010-07-07 12:52
Its also nice to see 1TB drives at the price point of 500GB drives 3-4 months ago (at least here in New Zealand)
 
 
-1 #3 yourma2000 2010-07-07 19:35
I've been looking through the market aswell for an external HDD for backup and storage, may aswell wait a few weeks for an official store price drop.

btw which is the better option, buy an external HDD or an internal one and place it in an enclosure?
 
 
+2 #4 Boslink 2010-07-08 00:17
Quoting yourma2000:
btw which is the better option, buy an external HDD or an internal one and place it in an enclosure?
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:o :o

External HDD IS internal drive in enclosure
 
 
-1 #5 Firephoenix 2010-07-08 01:45
The editing forgets what u wrote :S
Well, (trying to remember what i wrote b4), i think the guy meant, is it less expensive to build ur own external HDD with an internal or buy an external from a HW Manufacturer.
 

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