Hard drive prices continue slow decline

More than a month has passed since we last looked at hard drive prices, so it's time for an update. We've been tracking a selection of mechanical hard drives ever since last year's Thailand flooding sent prices skyward. The graph below shows the Newegg prices of those drives since the beginning of October, just before the water level started to rise.

A couple of the drives we started following in October have dropped out of stock and failed to return, so they've been left off the graph entirely. To keep things manageable, we've limited our data set to prices taken from the Monday of every week.

Prices have fallen slightly since our early-April update. The Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB has enjoyed the most dramatic drop, and it can now be had for an even hundred bucks. Our favorite mechanical drive, Samsung's Spinpoint F3 1TB, was briefly down to $80 before returning to $110. (If you enter the promo code EMCYTZT1637 before tomorrow, you can nab the drive for $80.) Both of those terabyte drives cost less than WD's Caviar Black, which has at least been discounted by $10 over the past month and a half.

The other drives we've been following are low-RPM "green" models from Samsung and WD. These higher-capacity drives have dropped in price slightly since the beginning of April, but the cuts only amount to $10 per drive. We're still a long way from pre-flooding levels.

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