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When will the hard drive prices get back to their pre-fall 2011 levels?

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It used to be fairly easy to find a 2TB hard drive in the $75 price range. Now that's what 1TB is on sale.

3TB and 4TB have fallen in cost, but not 1 and 2. They've gotten more expensive then kind of stabilized over the last 18 months. What gives?

Does it have something to do with the lack of manufacturers/competition?
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Tigerdirect actually had a 2TB for $79 today with an $10.00 off coupon. Sold out already though.
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Originally Posted by pittsoccer33 View Post

It used to be fairly easy to find a 2TB hard drive in the $75 price range. Now that's what 1TB is on sale.

3TB and 4TB have fallen in cost, but not 1 and 2. They've gotten more expensive then kind of stabilized over the last 18 months. What gives?

Does it have something to do with the lack of manufacturers/competition?

First Seagate bought Samsung, and then WD bought Hitachi a year later. Investors cheered at the prospect of keeping ASPs high post-flood due to the avoidance of price wars. Which is pretty much what has happened. Therefore, the Justice Department sues Apple about ebooks.
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usa newegg had the seagate 3tb drives for 109. while newegg canada had them for 149 at the same time. what the....

Will try to add some tech shopping to my list when i head down south for a trip. htpc innards need an upgrade and an itx gaming/workstation rig.
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Originally Posted by aliaskary77 View Post

usa newegg had the seagate 3tb drives for 109. while newegg canada had them for 149 at the same time. what the....

Will try to add some tech shopping to my list when i head down south for a trip. htpc innards need an upgrade and an itx gaming/workstation rig.

VAT?
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Newegg had the western digital mybook 3tb for $80 shipped. Prices are dropping as of late. Here is 4TB for $130:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145596&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-External+Hard+Drives-_-N82E16822145596&gclid=CN638YPNgrgCFU_ZQgodHCMAyw

Thank god prices are dropping since my last build (went horrible BTW) I had my two 2TB F4 hard drives in a box and as my dad was turning he knocked the box out of my hands......bye bye F4's. Now will have to settle for a lesser quality HD (f4 were legendary).
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It's weird how the external HDs often are priced less than internal. The warranty may be less, but the external enclosure has to offset that somewhat. In any case, I only want internal, and I waited several months to get a Seagate internal 4 TB for $149 as I wasn't going to buy the external and rip it apart to get the bare drive. I don't know if the warranty would still be respected once that is done.
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It's weird how the external HDs often are priced less than internal. The warranty may be less, but the external enclosure has to offset that somewhat. In any case, I only want internal, and I waited several months to get a Seagate internal 4 TB for $149 as I wasn't going to buy the external and rip it apart to get the bare drive. I don't know if the warranty would still be respected once that is done.

Warranty would still be respected but might be decreased if the HD has a specific part number. If not a special model (usually the case) then I believe warranty would be the same you could just go off of the build date instead of the receipt if your that worried. I have never warrantied a HD usually fail after the warranty so its not a big deal to me.
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OP,

Everytime I see your avatar I always think it's "PIITB" and I laugh.


That said,

I think it's economies of scale. Production these days is in the more popular 3TB and 4TB drives- and that's the modern tech being produced. That is why the cost per TB is cheaper and the drives are better value. Not many people want a 1TB drive when they can buy a 3TB for $99
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VAT?

nope, thats before tax and shipping. for a few years when the canadian dollar was doing well, we were getting even prices. even 3 months ago we were paying the same. when i checked yesterday, newegg usa had them for 109. just checked and back up to 134. down south they offer the great deals now and then. they dont get as good up here.
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Originally Posted by sawfish View Post

First Seagate bought Samsung, and then WD bought Hitachi a year later. Investors cheered at the prospect of keeping ASPs high post-flood due to the avoidance of price wars. Which is pretty much what has happened. Therefore, the Justice Department sues Apple about ebooks.

Don't forget about the EU suing Microsoft again over giving Europe a usable OS.
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Don't forget about the EU suing Microsoft again over giving Europe a usable OS.

I hope someone shows them "Metro" pretty soon.
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IE appears on the Metro screen - they will sue over that, to be sure. According to the EU, we should all still have to BUY a web browser in order to view the WWW.
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