TechSpot did some number crunching to develop the chart you can see below which tracks the price of HDDs from September, before the flooding in Thailand straight through to last week. The spike upwards as stock and manufacturing capability was destroyed is easily noticeable but then the pattern starts to fragment. The Green lines from Seagate and WD seem to have the most resiliency, being among the first to start decreasing in price and the only ones with a still declining price. The large drives, such as the 3TB Barracuda not only declined to reduced their price but are actually getting more expensive. The mobile side of the market is also covered though it does not seem as hard hit as their desktop cousins. They didn’t collect data on Enterprise drives, which are few and far between for anyone looking to grow their data centre, since it is the mobile and desktop HDDs which interest most readers. Check out the numbers here.
"The hard disk drive supply chain was hit hard late last year when a series of floods struck Thailand. The Asian country accounts for about a quarter of the world’s hard drive production, but thousands of factories had to close shop for weeks as facilities were under water, in what is considered the world’s fourth costliest natural disaster according to World Bank estimates. That’s on top of the human cost of over 800 lives."
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