Hard drive prices said to be on the way up

At this point, it’s no secret that solid-state drive prices are slowly inching down. But could perennially cheap mechanical hard drives actually be getting more expensive? Yes, reports DigiTimes, which says 500GB hard drives have "recently" seen a 4-5% price hike.

The site attributes the increase to Seagate, Western DIgital, Toshiba, and Hitachi "all reducing their capacity in the fourth quarter." I assume the story is talking about production capacity, not storage capacity. Yeah, I had to do a double-take, too.

Since DigiTimes doesn’t provide background information about why production capacity is being reduced, you’ll just need to use your imagination. Perhaps all of those hard-drive makers are simply seeing softening demand and are wary of oversupply, which could cut into their profit margins. Then again, the fourth quarter isn’t traditionally weak demand-wise—you know, with Christmas sales and everything.

In any case, SSD prices should keep going down. DigiTimes points out that Micron, Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, and Hynix are "advancing into developing 20nm processes," and that "related price drops . . . should stimulate demand for the year-end holidays."

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    • PetMiceRnice
    • 9 years ago

    I come from back in the day when hard drives used to cost approximately $5 per MEGABYTE and I was always in a struggle to find free drive space. So, to me, things are a cakewalk today even with such price increases.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      How about $70 per MB? (Granted, that included the controller card and cables)

      • muyuubyou
      • 9 years ago

      I used to store my programs in tapes.

      Still, I can fill any HD I can afford. There are so many ways to waste space…

    • Archer
    • 9 years ago

    #1: I still buy them and use them as OS discs. Samsung F3 500GB are very quiet. Data drives are 1TB.

    • potatochobit
    • 9 years ago

    last black friday I was the only person shopping for hard drives at best buy and Frys, and they had tons in stock and on sale

    we will see what happens this year
    I dont blame HD makers for cutting back, a single 1TB might last most people the rest of their life now

    • edh
    • 9 years ago

    I just got five (5) 2TB WD greens for ~$450 including free shipping a couple weeks ago from the egg. That’s ~$90 each. This week they are listed at ~$100.

    • Buzzard44
    • 9 years ago

    My purchase of an $80 2TB Caviar Green a few days ago strongly disagrees.

    • Suspenders
    • 9 years ago

    Perhaps the rare earths “shortage” might be starting to affect prices of hard drives as well? There are quite a few in HDDs after all…

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, when that little trade war started brewing (between China and Japan, earlier, and more recently between China and the US) I wondered if it would impact HDs. It should have a bigger impact on things like hybrid cars, of course, but margins on commodity HDs seem to be razor thin with no room to absorb price increases.

      On the positive side, old/dead HDs may actually become valuable recycling targets instead of just something you’re happy to be rid of.

        • wibeasley
        • 9 years ago

        If you had to guess, would you say newer HDDs use less of those types of metals than older HDDs?

          • Shining Arcanine
          • 9 years ago

          My guess would be no. The rare earth metals inside hard drives are used in magnets and the size of those magnets should have not have changed significantly in the past decade.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    can I get a 1 TB SSD for 100 dollars, Ok, I’ll keep waiting.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      You mean sleepingg{.}g

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      I think you mean “dead”.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    I *just* uninstalled a WD 500G on my home system, replaced it with a 80G Intel SSD. Yeah a lot of shuffling of data occurred.

    Have a pile of 80-500G HDD’s at work that won’t be usedg{<...<}g

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      SHIP THEM TO ME!!!!

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        OK. PM me your addressg{<.<}g

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          are you serious….? I will. check your inbox.

      • plasticplate
      • 9 years ago

      Some for me too please :). I’ll actually pay 5 bucks for each….

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        OK, check your PM also. No payment requiredg{<.<}g Season of giving.

          • The Ripper
          • 9 years ago

          Wow you are seriously going to send those to him? How many are you sending? And I have to say I know Sweatshop well and I have no idea why you would do that for him lol you must really be a nice guy 🙂

            • indeego
            • 9 years ago

            Yep. Two 500G for him and 2 120G’s for plastic if he answers his PM’s. These drives would just be sitting around unused or donated to Freegeek (local donation for IT stuff,) anywayg{<.<}g I won't collect money for this. I once donated a bunch of NeXT machines to freegeek (the company I work for jumped on the NeXT bandwagon back in the day) and freegeek about died with excitement. Collectors items apparently, worth thousands now I'd imagine.

            • plasticplate
            • 9 years ago

            You know what, Thank you for ur offer, but on second thoughts, i already have around 5TB of storage space. So, please donate em to someone who actually needs them. Like i said, thanks for generosity though.

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            thanks bro. you’re a dick. 😉

    • joselillo_25
    • 9 years ago

    My two SSD were dead in just 6 months of use. Do not know if this is normal.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      It isn’t at all. what brand/modelg{

        • joselillo_25
        • 9 years ago

        ocz vertex

          • 5150
          • 9 years ago

          I hope you warrantied them.

      • h4x0rpenguin
      • 9 years ago

      It’s perfectly normal.

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 years ago

      My first Indilinx died within a week, needed RMA’ing

    • jalex3
    • 9 years ago

    500gb drives are still good, the build I made for my parents is 500gb thats all they need and its a big upgrade from 40gb, and i have some cheap 500gb drives for back up

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 years ago

    Their high-margin products are no longer competetive with SSD’s

    Everyone that was ever interested in a Raptor or Caviar Black now dreams of SSD hotness. The highly-profitable enterprise market is also starting the slow shift to SSD’s for IOPS and throughput-sensitive workloads.

    Their low-margin stuff is selling in large volumes as usual, but doesn’t make up for losing a significant chunk of the high-margin enterprise and enthusiast market.

    • Shining Arcanine
    • 9 years ago

    I guess the production cuts are affecting the WD30EZRSDTL. I was wondering why it was both difficult to find and cost so much where I could find it.

    • CheetoPet
    • 9 years ago

    Perhaps drives finally got ‘big enough’ and demand is going down?

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 9 years ago

    Reducing capacity is generally not a trivial matter, and it seems unlikely that all those manufacturers are dong that at the same time.

    Reducing *production* is a completely different thing.

    • just brew it!
    • 9 years ago

    500 GB drives are still useful. In fact, even 500 GB is overkill for a workstation that will store most of its files on a network file server.

    I could also see them still being used to build a cheap 1 TB RAID-5 array.

      • Deanjo
      • 9 years ago

      This is exactly where they are useful. We buy 500 Gig drives for use on our Raid 6 arrays which offer a heck of a lot more protection then one single big capacity drive against data loss. No sane person would trust all their valuable data to just one huge drive.

    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    Okay… tell me… who buys a 500GB harddrive?

    No one.

    Move along.

    I bet 1TB+ HDD’s (if i was building a PC today i wouldn’t consider anything less than 2TB) are still falling in price.

      • YeuEmMaiMai
      • 9 years ago

      most laptop have a 500-750GB drive size limit as the 1TB drives do not fit most models due to their 12.5mm height vs 9.5mm height for a regular drive…..

      • KorruptioN
      • 9 years ago

      Somebody who values silence, low power consumption, and low vibration. A single-platter 500GB drive goes a long way.

      • wibeasley
      • 9 years ago

      OEMs buyers more than enthusiasts. I think most options on sites like Dell are less then 500GB. Irritates me.

      • bhtooefr
      • 9 years ago

      I’m in the middle of a deployment of machines with 250GB drives.

      • dmjifn
      • 9 years ago

      I bought one in August for my primary drive, mostly because I wanted to see how much quieter single platter drives were.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 9 years ago

      Dang…I only have a 500. So does the machine I built for my parents. My brother got a 1TB for his because it was on sell. The rig I built for my friend had a 500…

      • TechNut
      • 9 years ago

      I’m looking for 16 500GB SATA II 3.5″ drives.

      If anyone has them on cheap (better than 40$/drive) let me know!

      • mnecaise
      • 9 years ago

      I’m still running off a 160GB (although it’s damn near full) and a 80 GB which contains VM’s. I do have a lot of digital pics and music (on the 160) but almost no video. This machine doubles as the household fileserver. When I upgrade in a couple of months I’ll probably go with a 500GB because what I have fits.

      edit to make it clear I’m upgrading this box early next year.

      • merkill
      • 9 years ago

      Those who want a quiet main com and use a nas or htpc for storage.

      Or if i was asked to build a comp for dad or other non computer compatible person that only surfs web and pay bills i would put in a cheap 500gig hd as my dad will never even fill 50gig so even a 500 is a huge waste.

      • travbrad
      • 9 years ago

      Not quite 500GB, but I’m running the WD 640GB and have plenty of free space. I download a ton of stuff too, I just don’t save it to my main system or even keep a lot of it.

      I would guess 500GB is overkill for most people still. Even with lots of mp3s and lots of hi-res photos you aren’t gonna fill 500GB very easily. Video editing/capturing is really the only thing the “average joe” can do that will eat up space.

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