Friday, February 24th 2012

HDD Volumes To Restore 80% in Q1 2012

In what could alleviate high prices of hard disk drives (HDDs) after the devastating flood in Thailand that affected HDD foundries, industry sources predict that the reconstruction efforts of these foundries, led by Western Digital, will pay off to a large extant. In Q1 2012 alone, global volumes of HDDs are expected to restore to 80% of what they were before the floods. The global production of HDDs will increase to 140-145 million units.

HDD vendors across the board have exhausted their inventories in Dec-Jan when they supply PC/notebook ODMs their inventories of HDDs, but they haven't hiked quotes due to the off-season that followed. However, the flood situation isn't the only factor that will affect HDD prices. With increase in prices of raw materials, components, and labour-costs, HDD prices are expected to go up 30-40%.

Source: DigiTimes
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20 Comments on HDD Volumes To Restore 80% in Q1 2012

#1
RejZoR
Every excuse comes in handy to increase prices...
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#2
H82LUZ73
Yeah tell me about it ,gee sh they were for a 2tb hd last year around $85 now they are around $175-$185,Now they want increase them 30-40% again get real,People will just buy SDD,and run there old HD for storage.
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#3
Zakin
So happy I bought my 2TBs for storage last year, got both for like 90 bucks total. Now the same terrabyte drives are like 160 bucks for some odd reason. Just going to hope these never die and buy bigger SSDs as the years go on.
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#4
n-ster
just when I have to buy 10TB -_-
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#5
meirb111
by: H82LUZ73
Yeah tell me about it ,gee sh they were for a 2tb hd last year around $85 now they are around $175-$185,Now they want increase them 30-40% again get real,People will just buy SDD,and run there old HD for storage.
i dont think so the price will not increase 40% from the current price from the old price
so there will be a drop in price just not as low as before:shadedshu
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#6
twicksisted
Supply & demand... they only have demand now because their supply is low... once their supply issue is solved then they will have to drop prices to get rid of the excess stock to the average consumer and keep that balance.

Im sure most people like myself used to buy a new HDD when upgrading their PC as they were so cheap... the kind of crap that most home users (including myself) store on their 1TB+ HDD's is so petty anyways that its not worth paying big money for.
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#7
Rowsol
Well even at the higher prices people are still buying them. I don't see the prices coming down any time soon.
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#8
NdMk2o1o
WD> Samsung "man prices are so low per GB, if only we could raise them to make more money"

Samsung>WD "yea man, but how??"



Thailand Floods happen :eek:.......


WD> Samsung "Yo, you thinking what I am :cool:"

Samsung> WD "hell yea bro :rockout:"



...................... After a while when things look set to be returning to normal


WD> Samsung "Shit we can't milk the floods any longer, any ideas?? :banghead: "

Samsung> WD "Well we could say that raw materials have increased substantially even though HDD production is back up and we haven't reduced the cost per GB to what it was before the floods it will give us an excuse to hike them up to where they were when they were at their highest during the quote haha shortage!!!"

WD> Samsung "Shit man, thats some clever thinking right there, hahahaha suckerzzzzzzzzzz :nutkick: "
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#9
Jizzler
by: n-ster
just when I have to buy 10TB -_-
/passes n-ster a beer.

We might be here awhile ;)

I've been waiting since the floods. Had a cute ITX system with 6 x 2TB all planned out, just saved up enough to pay for it, than bam! The prices jumped.
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#10
newtekie1
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by: ndmk2o1o
wd> samsungseagate "man prices are so low per gb, if only we could raise them to make more money"

samsungseagate>wd "yea man, but how??"



thailand floods happen :eek:.......


wd> samsungseagate "yo, you thinking what i am :cool:"

samsungseagate> wd "hell yea bro :rockout:"



...................... After a while when things look set to be returning to normal


wd> samsungseagate "shit we can't milk the floods any longer, any ideas?? :banghead: "

samsungseagate> wd "well we could say that raw materials have increased substantially even though hdd production is back up and we haven't reduced the cost per gb to what it was before the floods it will give us an excuse to hike them up to where they were when they were at their highest during the quote haha shortage!!!"

wd> samsungseagate "shit man, thats some clever thinking right there, hahahaha suckerzzzzzzzzzz :nutkick: "
ftfy

Samsung isn't in the HDD business anymore.
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#11
GC_PaNzerFIN
Seagate already found a way to save some extra money, reduce warranty to one year for some models :/
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#12
w3b
RIP Samsung HDD Division

Lovely, ain't Oligopolies a beautiful thing :shadedshu
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#13
newtekie1
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by: GC_PaNzerFIN
Seagate already found a way to save some extra money, reduce warranty to one year for some models :/
WD did the same thing first.
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#14
BumbleBee
I will never take mechanical hard drives for granted again haha
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#16
catnipkiller
I wonder if we will see a day that ssd are cheeper then hdd per gb.
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#17
Static~Charge
by: twicksisted
Supply & demand... they only have demand now because their supply is low... once their supply issue is solved then they will have to drop prices to get rid of the excess stock to the average consumer and keep that balance.
Don't be surprised if the supply doesn't reach pre-flood levels any time soon. Hard drive manufacturers have realized that they can make hefty profits by reducing the supply, and there are only two big manufacturers left in the game.
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#18
Static~Charge
by: newtekie1
WD did the same thing first.
And Seagate one-upped WD by reducing their hard drive warranties even more.
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#19
Salsoolo
SSDs starting to look more attractive for me :D

by: Static~Charge
Don't be surprised if the supply doesn't reach pre-flood levels any time soon. Hard drive manufacturers have realized that they can make hefty profits by reducing the supply, and there are only two big manufacturers left in the game.
what is this the oil market?!!!!
they would be shooting themselves in the foot because SSDs are the future
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#20
Chappy
30-40%?! You mean, 100-200% right?
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