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News Thailand floods disrupt hard disk production

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 18 Oct 2011.

  1. littlepuppi

    littlepuppi Currently playing MWO and loving it

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    This looks like prices are really rocketing now, if reports that the factory that makes 70 percent of the motors for the worlds hard drives is now underwater, then who knows where prices will go in the next few months...
     
  2. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Only way I'd pay £20 over the old price is if the extra was going to aid Thailand & there's no notes of this on shops websites so no way would I buy right now :nono:.
     
  3. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    I must again apologise.
    The flood in Thailand has been a lot more severe as "the usual".
    It is (rapidly turning into) a catastrophe, my condolences and the best of luck down there.
     
  4. mrbens

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    Price now minimum £82 for a 2TB drive!!!
     
  5. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Holy sheet, 2TB samsung f4 hdd the other week was about £56 it is now priced £120 as if no new ones will ever be made, wow.
     
  6. mrbens

    mrbens New Member

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    I just came here to say the same! Now minimum £100 for a 2TB drive!!! :jawdrop:
     
  7. Bede

    Bede Well-Known Member

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    Let's hope none of us have catastrophic HDD failure in the next few months :D
     
  8. mrbens

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    It's annoying because if they were still around £50 for 2TB I'd have bought one this week!
     
  9. DC74

    DC74 Doh!

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    I've noticed that the price seems to have doubled, strange since the flooded country is the SECOND biggest HDD manufacturer. Now I could understand if the biggest one had flooded and prices doubled, but I'm starting to think that suppliers are profiteering from an unfortunate event.

    Its about time we had a HDD manufacturing plant in Europe, preferably in the UK. It makes no sense to keep all your eggs in one basket.
     
  10. Jackg

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    I was going to buy the spinpoint f3. Bit different now its £94 on scan.
     
  11. debs3759

    debs3759 Was that a warranty I just broke?

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    Yeah, it would be great to have a European HDD manufacturer, but if it ever happens then (at least as far as Western Europe is concerned) it's more likely to happen in Germany, as that is the technological capital of Europe. I don't know why, but if the technological infrastructure already exists there that would make more sense.

    Besides, didn't Britain give up being a manufacturing country a long time ago?
     
  12. Another_level

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    I also think the suppliers are profiteering too.
     
  13. Fizzban

    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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    I checked on Scan after this news to see prices. They had shot up from £40 to £60..which is going back what, 2 years? Then when I went there yesterday to buy something, I checked again. The same drive was near as makes no difference £90. Go there today and it is nearly £98.

    The drive in question? My old fav, the Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3.

    Those prices are C.R.A.Z.Y! I pity the fools who know no better and buy a HD at this point in time...
     
  14. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Wouldn't bother me so much if the extra was going to aid Thailand but just looks like shops cashing in big time from it :nono: business is ruthless.

    I wonder if they will keep rising in cost :eeek:.
     
  15. coolamasta

    coolamasta Folding@Home CC Captain 2010/11/12

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    Ouch, was going to buy 3 x Samsung 2TB's today for my new NAS and me arse dropped out when I seen the prices of them!! :jawdrop:

    I knew about the flooding in Thailand but never know HDD's would double in price because of it! :waah:
     
  16. Oaber

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    The drives I bought on Feb for £65 went to 50something couple of weeks ago, now they are £110...
     
  17. DraigUK

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    My Dad fried his 2TB drive the other day. He paid about £60 for it on Ebuyer. Same drive is now about £110.

    I found an old 250GB and put that in and told him to make do until the prices are back to being reasonable.
     
  18. towelie

    towelie How do I Internet!!

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    Prays my 4 X 2TB drives in my NAS last the WINTER
     
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