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    The likelihood of seeing much cheaper 3TB HDDs within the next 12 months (due to the introduction of 4TB drives) is almost non-existent now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    The likelihood of seeing much cheaper 3TB HDDs within the next 12 months (due to the introduction of 4TB drives) is almost non-existent now.
    I don't think it'll last 12 months, 6 months at most I reckon. So, if you are wanting 3TB drives, wait until next summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Yup, as I said earlier - time to buy SSDs.

    However, I already have the disk and its sat nicely in my Fog server.
    Thats what i looking at for my laptop. Looking at 128gb to replace its 110gb boot drive was going to replace the 2nd drive as well bought a 300ish for 32 ish a few weeks back to fix a mates pc and now they are well expensive

    Anyone any idea which is better ocz vertex 3 or crucial m4 leaning towards m4 but ccl have vertex in so i could colect and ghost later

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    Going SSD now in our servers/PCs for everything except large data storage (e.g. Shared drives/pupil work).

    At least now I have more reason to justify it other than 'it’ll be faster'.

    Either way only a few months ago I bought one of the new Seagate Momentus XT drives (500GB HDD with 4GB of SSD on board) for £80 – prices on all the big names are now to the order of £120+

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    Anyone any idea which is better OCZ Vertex 3 or Crucial M4 leaning towards M4
    Depends on whether you value reliability and customer support. If you don't, get the Vertex 3.

    OCZ claims to have finally fixed the BSOD issue, but that doesn't excuse the way they have treated their customers previously.

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    Won't be building a NAS or doing much of anything else at least for another 2 years or so. Sold my computer stuff to pay for a car so just a mac mini now with a slow slow 5400 RPM drive, sigh

    Just checked aria.co.uk and there samsung F4 drive used to be aprox £50 or £55 plus delivery.

    Now £120 , yikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Now £120, yikes
    I'm glad I bought the hard drives for my NAS earlier this year. There's absolutely no way I would build a NAS now. I'll just have to make do with 12TBs.

    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Won't be building a NAS or doing much of anything else at least for another 2 years or so.
    I imagine 5TB HDDs will be out by then. Probably a good idea to wait.

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    I've been looking at parts recently for a new build for my Dad.

    Tail end of last week, a 500GB WD Caviar Blue was around £40. Monday this week, price has risen to £50 and was at £65 by Tuesday afternoon!

    Eventually got one of the last 10 Caviar Black drives that eBuyer had in stock for £55ish

    Crazy times!

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    Anyone know a decent price tracker website that you can track how the price of an item has gone over the last few months? computerprices used to do that but seems to just be a web portal now.
    Are SSD's definitely not affected? I see that Mitsubishi Motors are also predicting being able to only make half their usual output due to the floods, so it must be a huge industrial area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eejit View Post
    Anyone know a decent price tracker website that you can track how the price of an item has gone over the last few months? computerprices used to do that but seems to just be a web portal now.
    Are SSD's definitely not affected? I see that Mitsubishi Motors are also predicting being able to only make half their usual output due to the floods, so it must be a huge industrial area.
    This site does it in NZ prices so take 30-40% (after exchange rate conversion x/2) off them and you'll have UK prices. Just hover over the item to bring up the little graph: 3.5 inch S-ATA hard disk drives - Find the best prices, information and user reviews you can also go into the product and then go to the stats tab for a bigger graph.
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    That's perfect thanks - not bothered about the currency, just scary graphs are good enough
    It does show that SSDs are not going up though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eejit View Post
    That's perfect thanks - not bothered about the currency, just scary graphs are good enough
    It does show that SSDs are not going up though.
    Yet, just wait till they 'run out' of hard drives and themanufacturers 'have' to spec only SSDs.

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    Acer are the first to fold with a price increase: Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike ? Channel Register

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Acer are the first to fold with a price increase: Acer first PC vendor to confirm price hike ? Channel Register
    No suprises there then, their supply chain is obviously as robust as their hardware

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    Quote Originally Posted by eejit View Post
    Anyone know a decent price tracker website that you can track how the price of an item has gone over the last few months?
    For Amazon, there's CamelCamelCamel. Here are a couple of examples...




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