Do Rising Hard Drive Prices Mean You Should Buy A SSD Right Now?

Do Rising Hard Drive Prices Mean You Should Buy A SSD Right Now?

Prices for hard disk drives are increasing dramatically because of the tragic flooding in Thailand. Some of the world’s major HDD manufacturers based there have been forced to close factories, creating supply problems and price hikes. So what should you do?

First, you might consider holding off on a new hard disk drive purchase until prices stabilise again, which, according to the Financial Times, might not be until late next year. If you really need a new drive now, you can use a site like Camelcamelcamel, which tracks Amazon prices, to check price changes and see if the HDD price you find is a good deal or not. (The Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Desktop Hard Drive, having jumped from a low of $US69.99 to $US149.99 since October 11, is not a great deal on Amazon now, for example, but you might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere with some effort.)

Now is probably a good time to look at SSDs, which haven’t so far been affected by the floods because they’re made elsewhere. You’ll also want to keep an eye on SSD prices, though, and perhaps act soon because limited HDDs available could create more demand for SSDs. (We’ve previously mentioned Tom’s Hardware roundup of the best SSDs for the money to help you get a jump on a good SSD deal.) We think buying a SSD is one of the best values for your tech dollar anyway.

[via MakeUseOf]


  • I’ve seen articles that recommend using Amazon for purchasing hardware a few times now, but is it not true that Amazon will not ship it to Australia? I’ve tried to buy from there in the past, remote control for example and they refuse to do it! I know that there are services like Bongo etc, but that seems like a rather convoluted way of doing things to me.

    • Amazon will ship some things but not others… I usually just try my luck if I see a good deal! That being said, I routinely use now… Haven’t found anything on there they won’t ship here, and it’s usually quicker. Aussies are eligible for free super saving shipping as well which I don’t think we can on the US site.

  • Visited Orange IT at North Sydney last week. 2TB 3.5″ internal drives were $140 or so. Bought 2TB iomega external USB 3.0 drive for $99 (!). If you need internal drive you can get it out if enclosure… 🙂

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