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Old 11-01-11, 11:53 AM   #6
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Default Re: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB price increasing rapidly?

Originally Posted by bacon12 View Post
Yea it probably didn't seriously hurt supply that much, but it was a good reason to raise the price. I am not really worried, I have a bunch of platter drives. Over 5tb worth. My next HD purchase will be a handful of SSD drives in raid, hopefully it won't effect those prices as well.
Supply is not immediately hurt, however, most HDD fabs in Thailand are closed and flooded right now. Some of those are the unique suppliers of parts for HDDs, so the supply will dry up. The answer from the channel has been to ration how many drives people can buy and raise prices. It may take a few months for the situation to stabilize.

SSD should be unaffected except that demand for them may increase as a result. Depending on supply, this may drive prices up or down.
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