Hard Drive Market Braces for Double Digit Decline in 2013

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Hilarity

Where would all my porn BD ISO's go then? I NEED 5TB AND I NEED IT NOW. Fuck the fucking cloud. It will never work period and I will never ever store my shit in it.

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Typo91

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Typo91

The vast majority of users really only ever have about 10-40 GB or actually Original content which that created or work with I am talking actual office documents, emails, and photo which they took themselves.

This has grown a lot over the years, If I pulled every personal file myself, work file, email and family photo, I could probably fit my entire life on 32gb worth of thumb stick, which is still a lot compared to most people.

Now for the rest of us, that consider ourselves the blackholes of the internet, like myself, well we just LOVE cheap hard drives, because it means that not only will we save every TV show we ever "DVR" (because of course we dont download, that is illegal silly) we can save in double redundancy arrays so that our Children's Children will be able to enjoy Hogan's Heroes in all its 720p Glory!

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Hey.That_Dude

Good. Now they can mark down their current supply and focus on 4 TB and enterprise disks. Seriously, if space is the only thing going for them, then they should be pumping out only 2,3,4 TB and phasing out those 2 TB.

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John Pombrio

Yeah, anything under 2TB should be taken off the hook and thrown back into the lake.

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TheMiddleman

Good. After maintaining artificially high prices well after manufacturing capacity had returned to pre-flood levels, the HDD market deserves to be kicked in the teeth. I just upgraded my rig with two 256gb Samsung 840 Pro's in a Raid 0 array, with all my videos and music stored on a 2TB WD Black drive, and a 3TB NAS I picked up for 199 pre flood running backup. I can't wait until I can ditch the internal HDDs entirely, frankly.

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davelray

While the manufacturing capacity returned, the manufacturers already had stated that they would not resume full scale manufacturing because the prices of drives had dropped so low pre-flood, that they were not making any money. They never intended to bring production back to full and thereby let the prices drop that low again.

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Tonyb1980

Considering the current prices and availability I'm hoping that the decrease in sales for them might actually mean a return to competitive pricing ! I miss being able to buy a 1 tb hard drive for under $70 (Canadian) now some of the prices have become way out of line ranging from not a huge increase $80 (low end model) to $135 (which is what used to be $70) that may not seem like a huge jump to some but for those of us who make very little that represents a VERY sizable investment. Personally if i had the cash I would LOVE to own a 4 tb hard drive but $259 for a drive is way out of my reach right now :(

Right now I have 2x 2tb and a 500 gb of which maybe 400 gb are free between all 3 of them

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Joe The Plummer

Based on the article IHS Suppli said revenue will decline at the same pace as shipments, which means they don't expect prices to change much for 2013. I'm not sure I agree with them but that's what they're saying.

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Opm2

With 4K on the horizon and the average uncompressed movie taking up 10TB, We either need a new storage technology or racks of HDDs.

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wolfing

Not even sure about business use (outside of servers of course). My current business HD is 500GB, has been 500GB for about 3 or so years (age of computer). It still has 337GB free. Basically, the only reason to change it is to get a brand new computer. If it was my decision, I would rather have a 256 SSD than a new 500GB or even 1TB hard drive (about $100 difference but it would actually be a useful upgrade for me, instead of more space I don't need)

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mhouston100

Too true, over the last 3 companies I've worked for I've seen the HDD's go from 80 - 500GB and we haven't really seen an increase in local data usage.

Sure, server side storage is skyrocketing, but local storage on the devices is a pittance. For the majority of my current users the largest things stored on the device is the OST file for Outlook.

And with a lot of the cloud-like technologies we are looking into I can only see that declining more than anything.

Even at home my personal PC, if I took out my steam library, VM's and movie collection I would be on pretty slim pickings too. And if we had decent movie streaming in Australia that could very well change!

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Jox

mhouston100 - "Even at home my personal PC, if I took out my steam library, VM's and movie collection I would be on pretty slim pickings too. And if we had decent movie streaming in Australia that could very well change!"

Did you just say that were it not for all the stuff that takes up space on your hard drive you would have no need of a large capacity hard drive?

-Jox

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davelray

No, he's saying that as more and more things like music and movies move into the cloud, coupled with improved video streaming in Australia, his need for all that storage capacity on his home PC drops drastically. Sheesh the reading comprehension levels around here have gone down.

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Jox

If. If. If.

Davelray, you missed the point entirely.

-Jox

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davelray

No, I didn't. But then I'm not one of these people that keeps a hundred movies or more, and tons of music on my computer. The majority of my hard drive space is only taken up largely by video games. Even then, I only have 240GB of a 1.5 TB drive in use. And I could easily drop that down to less than 100 by moving my music and videos to cloud storage.

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