iSuppli: Hard Drive Prices to Remain Inflated Until 2014



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Until SSDs come way down in price and go way up in capacity and reliability I will continue to buy HDDs. My one and only SSD has lost 33% of its speed over a four month period of use. It was a new model with the latest firmware that supposedly gave longer life. I don't use it for the heavy access loads or do anything stupid like defrag it.

Furthermore, in my experience I think SSDs are over-hyped, over-rated and not as "blazingly fast" as I was conned into believing. They may benchmark well but as in many areas of hardware that is only part of the story.

And you all are crying about the horribly "inflated prices" and the "conspiracy" to keep prices inflated. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! I paid $160.00 for a 120 gig SSD four months ago (The price for the same drive has come down to $110). I bought a 1 TB SATA III mechanical drive for $99.99 last month. I see very little difference in speed betwwen the two during my day to day operations and the HDD will hold a lot more video footage for a lot less money. Would I prefer the $69.99 price I paid before the floods? Sure I would, but ten years ago a 20 Gig HDD set me back $100.00. So I am not complaining.



Evidently you're using some pretty cruddy hardware then, my man. I can transfer a 2GB file in 2 seconds from 1 SSD to another on my local system. Games load nearly instantly to within a couple of seconds with SSD. My boot times and the times that I come out of sleep mode on my laptop is merely a couple of seconds.

There are several things that make hardware great, not just one single part, so perhaps a mechanical drive is good enough for your system, but please learn some more before you say that SSDs are over-hyped or not worth the price because it simply isn't true.

Please also note that there are variances in the different SSD controllers available. For instance, a Sandforce 2281 controller will destroy an Indylinx controller.

Lastly, if production levels have been restored (or will be shortly), then it IS in fact a conspiracy, for lack of better terms, by the couple of hard drive manufacturers to keep prices elevated above pre-flood prices. Capitalism is all about supply and demand, and competition forces more competitive pricing. With the mergers, what was 4 big players in the market is now 2, thus giving greater pricing control to these guys and the ability to keep prices high.

In summary, know the facts when you are making comments.



iSuppli does not go shopping in the same places as I do.

Early this year, the price of 2TB drives, be it Seagate/WD/Hitachi was usually above USD 140. Now, the same drives are around USD 110. The 3TB drives now occupy the 140 price range.

Before the hike, I was able to get the 2TB drives for around USD 80, so I figure the I wait a little bit more.

The comment that people who tried SSD will find it hard to go back to HDD is absolutely true. Upgrading to a faster CPU, more RAM or even a better graphics card does not really let you "feel" how fast the PC is unless you are running a specific task or benchmarking. Changing from a HDD to SSD just improves the computing experience overall!


Turbo Charge

Told you soooo!



If the HDDs actually last long... I am definitely willing to pay the premium over WD or Seagate for Samsung, Hitachi or Toshiba drives.



I have needed a few TB's for over a year now, but I refuse to buy anything from WD or Seagate and simply chose to deal with it. They can take their supply-side economics and eat crow. I'm buying a few SSD's this summer for my desktop and laptop and my NAS box will just have to wait until the obvious price-fixing comes to a halt or until SSD's are cheap enuf.

F-U WD and F-U Seagate from a used-to-be loyal customer.


Jim Meinhardt

I am in charge of purchasing for a small computer shop. I've had two vendors tell me that hard drive prices will never reach their former lows. WD and Seagate are telling them they need to hold onto the extra money for R&D. Since WD purchased Hitachi and Seagate purchased Samsung, there will be very little real competition with pricing. What I find funny is that they are leaving themselves open to losing business to the companies making SSDs. The prices are falling so quickly on SSDs that for some people the upgrade is a no-brainer. Once a person switches to an SSD, I doubt they'll ever want to return to a standard drive. Of course there are people who need the larger drives, but the majority of our customers could get by with a 250GB or even a 120GB.



Stocks will pile up, then the discounts will come. People will only pay so much.

I simply stopped upgrading until all this nonsense is over.



Prices are already on the decline and in some instances, back to pre-flood levels.

Learn to shop people and dispense with the butt-hurt.



iSupply can shove off as far as I'm concerned. Since when did we start letting marketing people predict the future of technology!? Human nature is a pretty wild phenomenon and all of the statistics in the world won't help these fools.






Not sure if anyone can be really surprised. Hard Drive prices are going to remain the same because people WILL pay for them. Without Samsung & Hitachi to try and compete with WD & Seagate, why should prices come down? Consumers are realizing SSD limitations and still need the capacity of HDDs. With many companies now focused on cloud computing, HDDs will continue to have high premiums.


Peanut Fox

So both Hitachi and Samsung sell out leaving minimal competition and then prices spike exponentially. Hmmmm...

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