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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 17:09

HDD supply issues good for SDD manufactures

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Expect record SSD sales in Q4

The catastrophic flooding in Thailand, short supplies and the resulting skyrocketing mechanical drive prices are not good news for consumers, but this disturbance in the supply chain might be a great opportunity for the SSD industry.

We were told that SSD orders have rapidly increased since the HDD supply issues emerged a few weeks ago and many SSD manufacturers might see record selling numbers in the last quarter of 2011. Yes, SSD capacity and price ratios are laughable compared to mechanical drives, but SSDs are a lot faster, power efficient, reliable and simply make PCs run faster.

Many users won’t have much other choice other than to go for SSD alternatives in order to get new high-end notebooks before Xmas. The capacity will be a problem, but nothing that external storage cannot solve, and most consumers already have big external drive to store family pictures, videos and other valuable, yet space consuming content.

In Europe the price of Western Digital Caviar Green 2000GB, 64MB Cache, SATA II (WD20EARS) went from € 67 on October 22nd to roughly €150 euro for a drive with shipping. It is certain that HDD prices will go down, but it might take a few months before supply stabilizes and the prices go down reasonable levels, i.e. a pretty affordable €67 for a 2 TB drive.

In the meantime, SSD’s look pretty tempting. They are faster and more affordable than ever and in some cases, the only option.

Last modified on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 18:11

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+4 #1 Greg4422 2011-11-02 20:12
While many may indeed choose SSD drive instead of “price gouged” HDD, I’m putting my planned “umpteenth” pc build on hold indefinitely. So while retailers maybe raking in the cash from 100% increase in HDD drives over the past week, it’s my opinion, they will ultimately lose money and customers for other items. There will be a ripple effect from those like myself opting not to purchase at the time, because SSD storage volume is just too low for my needs. I “REFUSE” to buy a "price gouged” HDD and the natural result of that decision is that, I will not, be buying that CPU, Ram, OS, computer case, power supply, or graphics card either
0 #2 Chevron 2011-11-02 21:33
Quoting Greg4422:
I “REFUSE” to buy a "price gouged” HDD and the natural result of that decision is that, I will not, be buying that CPU, Ram, OS, computer case, power supply, or graphics card either

Or you could get an SSD now and a mechanical hard drive later for storage. PCs can amazingly accomodate more than one hard drive.
0 #3 ogreslayer 2011-11-03 01:10
SSDs aren't worth the money for a new system where you need space more then anything else.

Unless you are using a Phenom II X4 or lesser CPU there also really isn't much to even upgrade to at the moment, waiting is likely in most consumers benefit. If I was going to build a new rig this month I likely would hold onto the cash till March now. By the time the prices normalize, Ivy Bridge will be on the scene.

Though if you REALLY want to make a build the price increases are not as high on the retail side. looks like 20-50% instead. In some cases I'm seeing the same old pricing. So that is something to look into. At least for the next week or two, at some point they will rise sharply as well.
0 #4 BernardP 2011-11-03 02:52
Quoting Greg4422:
While many may , I “REFUSE” to buy a "price gouged” HDD

Agreed. It's a question of principle. My own strategy, as an interim measure, will be to move the two 2 HDDs in my current system to my new build (January '12), which will only have a new 128 GB Crucial M4, until HDD prices return to earth.
0 #5 JAB Creations 2011-11-03 04:04
Before the price-hike you could get a 1TB drive on Newegg for about $55 and a 1.5TB drive for about $80 with 2TB drives just starting to dip down to the $100 point.

Now a 1TB drive that used to cost $55 costs $140 if you don't want to opt for the only two drives with lower prices (109.99 and 129.99). 1.5TB drives now cost $140+ and 2TB drives now cost 149.99 for the cheapest model and 229.99 for the second cheapest model.

My Corsair Nova 128 cost nearly $400 last summer and now you can get a SATA-II 128GB drive for about $190 or a SATA-III 120GB for 174.99.

So that's a huge upset on prices. By next summer we'll probably see SSD drives drop to somewhere between $0.6~0.9 per gigabyte
0 #6 pogsnet 2011-11-03 05:02
I hope SSD goes cheap pls

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