Hard Drive Prices Continue Slow Decline

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j_j_montez

Two years ago I bought a 2TB for $69. Still waiting for them to reach that price again. The 3TB I bought on Black Friday for $99 was a nice addition to my media server. I've got 10TB of my media being pushed out to 4 TVs and additional tablets, computers, and phones. Streaming media is a great reason to have tons of storage. Hoping the prices keep going down and capacities go up.

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Opm2

You people filling your hard drives with GBs and GBs of pr0n are driving the prices up!

Seriously though supply and demand. If people would stop pack ratting data, the demand on HDDs would be less and the prices would drop.

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DoctorX

you are just jealous

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kixofmyg0t

I have two 1TB drives that I took out of a WD external.

I have close to 400GB used, and I could trim a 200GB of crap from that if I really wanted to.

I'm set for years.

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SPreston2001

I guess that pre-Black Friday Newegg deal was pretty sweet!! I got a 3TB Seagate Cuda for $79.99!! Still running strong!

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carage

I need a 5TB drive soon.
The 4TB is filling up.

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tony2tonez

I dont know how many of you fill up 2TB or more of data. Im not saying it isnt possible its just amazing that you can. I do mostly photo taken/editing but if it wasnt for my music and video folders my 320gig drive would not even be close to full (50g free atm).

I thought about getting a TB HDD but I dont have a need and will probably just raid 2 SSD 250g drives. But im not getting them until the Haswell chips debut mid summer and i do a full rebuild.

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Danthrax66

Blu-ray rips to h.264 .mkv files = 20+gb per movie, and full blu-ray rips are around 50gb for decent releases. Plus my 300+gb of music, which is ever expanding, and games.

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AFDozerman

"I dont know how many of you fill up 2TB or more of data. Im not saying it isnt possible its just amazing that you can."

Well, I don't know about the others on here, but as for me, my boot drive is huge because I change OSes like a woman changes her mind; lots of partitions. As for data, it's amazing what can be generated when you start building games in blender as a hobby. I also like to play with Bundler SFM and 123d catch, the latter of which generates some nasty sized files. Video editing eats into it too, I have a ton of 1080p60 video of good length in losless codecs that I've taken here and there. I've built up a pretty good collection of pictures, too, considering how much I love photography and how much I travel. Lastly, my music and movies collections consist of ISO images of the original disks for the most part, and that eats up a ton of space.

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tony2tonez

Thats a interesting idea of multiple OS. I want to start trying out a few linux OS. Usually i just had a HDD for each but maybe ill just partition it for 3 separate OS.

I would like to start video making a videos for alot of my travel that I have done as well. Right now i just have clips but nothing put together so that would be interesting to do. I mean the HDD are cheap enough that i could get a 2TB for such things. and still run 2 SSD.

What do you use for video editing and codeces to get 1080p60?

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AFDozerman

I mostly use Kdenlive and am playing with a free trial of premiere pro that I don't intend to buy. As far as codecs are concerned, the software usually handles that kind of stuff itself, although if you're using linux or BSD, you may have to install your codecs yourself, which is pretty much childsplay. Getting 1080p at 60 frames per second can be handled in hour settings. Again, childsplay.

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danwat1234

Right before the flooding I bought a 2TB Hard drive for $70 on Newegg.
As of today, it's still $97 for a 2TB hard drive! Way too expensive, it should be $50 by now and 3TB should be $70, 4TB should be $120 and 6TB should be $200. But no, they are sitting on their hands to milk the consumer.

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Danthrax66

Eh I stay away from those cheap drives, they die far too often. I think part of the problem with drive prices is that Samsung was purchased by Seagate and prior to the floods Samsung was killing the HDD business with their Spinpoint line for cheaper than both Seagate and WD with higher reliability as well. Now Seagate bought them and ruined the quality and drove the price up. So now I'm stuck buying WD blacks or RE if I want any kind of warranty/quality.

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severnia

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I miss Samsung Spinpoints. have 11 of them in my house, 8 in a RAID-5 array that has been spinning for over 4 years now. never even a single hiccup. Thanks seagate..... now the only chance at reliability is enterprise class drives and the new NAS category.

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John Pombrio

Years ago, I stopped buying anything under 2TB. Now if its under 3TB and 6Gb/s, I throw them back.
Seagate Barracuda at Amazon (ST3000DM001 at $129.00) is my drive of choice. No issues with the two so far. Price has been stable for 6 months or so tho. Goes under $100, I will buy 3-4 more...

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Danthrax66

There have been issues with some of the most recent batches of Seagate drives, but that could just be an isolated issue with the run. Perhaps a bad supplier. But anyway just watch out and do some tests on those before devoting them to storage. I had one die after 2 weeks or so.

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Opm2

Pretty soon SSDs will be cheaper...

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WarpathPS

SSD's are going nowhere fast and I believe they will be going the way of the Zip Drive before long. Besides, an SSD is virtually useless now that I found software from Romex called Fancycache. I am caching my normal 7200 rpm HDD with my 16gb DDR3 and my Crystal benchmark murders any SSD there is.

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Danthrax66

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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WarpathPS

SSD's are going nowhere fast and I believe they will be going the way of the Zip Drive before long. Besides, an SSD is virtually useless now that I found software from Romex called Fancycache. I am caching my normal 7200 rpm HDD with my 16gb DDR3 and my Crystal benchmark murders any SSD there is.

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PDX-1337

Using a faster cache in conjunction with a mechanical drive is nothing new. You can buy hybrid drives, Solid State Cache (like the ReadyCache from SanDisk) that you can add to a mechanical drive, or use your memory with the software you pointed out. All of these options greatly speed up your access to commonly used files, but not all items are kept there like on a true SSD. Aside from that, there are still many advantages of SSDs over mechanical hard drives, SSDs are smaller, generate a lot less heat, use far less power, no mechanical parts. All of these reasons make SSDs much more of an attractive option, keeping mechanical drives as "storage only" components that are in sleep mode in your computer most of the time.

SSDs aren't going anywhere until they are replaced by the next technology, which is not the same as making old-tech better via software.

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tweeve

I dont see 3+TB SSDs getting cheap any time soon.
Until then my mass storage will have to be normal hard drives.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

At least we're not stuck with 5400 RPM drives, because that's all that's left on the shelves....

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acidic

glad i picked up 3x 3tb on black friday for $99 each. i figure that will last me atleast 1 to 1 1/2 years. now i just need to buy a bigger ssd for my main rig

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DoctorX

antitrust anyone?

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tony2tonez

is it really Antitrust or bad business practice? They arent really blocking competition from entering the market. Its more they are using the flood excuse to justify their business practice.

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Danthrax66

Yeah but seeing how Seagate and WD both kept their prices in line while only one of them was truly effected by the flooding directly I certainly think there is some trust issue here, especially since Seagate bought Samsung and WD bought Hitachi. There is no competition in the market anymore.

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pastorbob

+1

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pastorbob

I've noticed the decline. I recently picked up a 1 Terabyte SATA 3 Seagate for $59.99. At Staples last week I saw an external 1 Terabyte USB 3 WD for $55.00. While the overall prices may not be at pre-flood levels, there are bargains to be found.

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