Friday, December 2nd 2011

HDD Parts Shortage Lessens: HDD Prices To Drop?

Nidec Corp, manufacturer of hard disc drive motors and other HDD components, has reported that after just six weeks since the Thailand floods hit, nine out of its ten factories are operational again, although not all are yet at full capacity. Supplies of HDDs should therefore slowly improve as the parts shortage eases, hopefully with the welcome consequence that the price should drift downwards. Nidec issued this statement about the situation:
We will continue our efforts to further improve the utilization of the factories whose operations have resumed and to bring the company’s other flood-stricken factories back into operation to the earliest extent possible. The exact amount of damage and the effect of the floods on the company’s performance are being assessed currently. We will continue to report on any actual or potential impact on the company’s business performance in a prompt manner.
There's more info in this Nidec update (PDF) and at xbit labs.
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36 Comments on HDD Parts Shortage Lessens: HDD Prices To Drop?

#1
radrok
If you wanted to buy an HDD you had to the very first days before the official announcement from WD because some of the retailers didn't adjust the price by then.
Now you just have to wait some time unless it's REALLY needed
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#3
Batou1986
by: qubit
Why would you have to eat such an enormous price inflation? Doesn't seem reasonable.
because no one wants to pay $200 to replace a hdd in there $400 3 year old laptop
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Batou1986
because no one wants to pay $200 to replace a hdd in there $400 3 year old laptop
Yep, it has made it so bad that I have to pretty much give the HDDs away at cost just to get the business, I still make some money on labor, but I used to make a profit on the HDD too. If I tried to make some money on the HDD it would push the price of the repair to the point that the customer would rather just buy a new machine.
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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Batou1986
because no one wants to pay $200 to replace a hdd in there $400 3 year old laptop
I guess you're still making a profit then, otherwise it just wouldn't be worth it.

At least this situation won't last forever.
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#6
Jonap_1st
the price had coming down for $2 since these 2 weeks..
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#7
Prima.Vera
Maybe they will drop prices to those 600GB Velociraptors?? I still prefer those over an SSD due to their over 5 years+ reliability compared to SSDs :rolleyes:
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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Prima.Vera
Maybe they will drop prices to those 600GB Velociraptors?? I still prefer those over an SSD due to their over 5 years+ reliability compared to SSDs :rolleyes:
If you know how to treat and look after and SSD properly, it will last a lot longer then 5years unless its due to hardware failure.
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#9
Yellow&Nerdy?
This is much welcomed news. So a 1TB drive will come back to 50€ instead of 150€?
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#10
N-Gen
by: Yellow&Nerdy?
This is much welcomed news. So a 1TB drive will come back to 50€ instead of 150€?
Depends of course what kind of 1TB drive it is.
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#11
CrAsHnBuRnXp
by: Sasqui
Wasn't following the prices when the floods hit or after, how much did they increase... for say a 1TB 3.5" drive?
1TB WD hdd on newegg is $209.

by: Prima.Vera
Maybe they will drop prices to those 600GB Velociraptors?? I still prefer those over an SSD due to their over 5 years+ reliability compared to SSDs :rolleyes:
Ill take a 120GB SSD for Windows and apps, and dual Raptors in raid 0 for games plz.
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