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Hardware Thread, Hard Drive Prices in Technical; I bought a 2.5" External yesterday from Maplins for 49.99 inc VAT it was the last in stock at my ...
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    I bought a 2.5" External yesterday from Maplins for 49.99 inc VAT it was the last in stock at my local branch and was told that the same Part number was going to be 139.99 next week!

    Yikes!

    There was also an article over the weekend that one of the big HDD manufacturers was Forklifting the entire workforce and families out of Flood striken Singapore to another facility on mainland Japan as a way to overcome the manufacturing issues now affecting them.
    Of course its not just HDD production that has been hit everything from Cameras to Sky Boxes are going into short supply as component inventories are exhausted.

    I expect this to have a big impact on the already fragile economic situation it's just that not many people have joined the dots yet!

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    That'll bump up the price of Christmas!

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    OK guys, I need 2x 2TB disks - is it a lost cause or is there a secret stash somewhere which haven't hiked up their prices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    I bought a 2.5" External yesterday from Maplins for 49.99 inc VAT it was the last in stock at my local branch and was told that the same Part number was going to be 139.99 next week!
    Yup, just checked the price of a Seagate 2TB FreeAgent GoFlex drive that i bought (at Maplin) a month ago for 90 - and it is now 180 - Wow!!!!

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    , and thrice

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    pcworld: HITACHI COOLSPIN HDS5C3020ALA632 Internal 3.5 SATA Hard Drive - 2TB at cheap prices | PC World 100

    i know its the last place i would go for cheap stuff, but there prices seem ok at the moment

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/3-5-in...-criteria.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flakes View Post
    i know its the last place i would go for cheap stuff, but there prices seem ok at the moment
    Good find. I'll put these on

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    then slip down to PC World.

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    looks like pc worls are still fairly cheap 500gb wd scorpio blue 70 nearly 100 more at ccl

    looks like a trip to wakefield on the way home for me lol either that or pay the silly cost of parking in leeds city centre
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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    I expect this to have a big impact on the already fragile economic situation
    It's not looking good...

    WD in Thailand are the biggest foreign employer in Thailand with around 40,000 workers.

    WD, Toshiba etc. have a lot of production facilities in and around Ayuttaya and Pathum Thani which have been severely affected. The main highway to Ayuttaya is only just now beginning to be passable again for larger vehicles, this may be a month after flooding hit. I'm nearer to Bangkok (not far from a Lite-On parts manufacturer) and the water is still rising slightly where I live. Water level there today is about 1.2 mts which might not sound a lot but try walking a few kms in it...

    Had to evacuate a few days ago while we could still get out, rising dirty water, shops closed, no food or water, anyway, most people had left already. If anyone here has used the former Don Mueang Airport when travelling to Thailand, it is now 90% under water and the highway in front virtually impassable for a long way other than for boats.

    To give you an idea of how bad the effect on industry is, Honda, Nikon and Sony factories have been deemed unrecoverable, all car production across Thailand is still suspended I believe. The industrial estates were to be protected at all costs but the floodwaters could not be stopped so at least half a dozen estates are now submerged, thousands of parts suppliers affected. I saw on NHK tv an exec from Sony I think, who said they believed the assurances given that they would be protected so didn't move machinery to higher floors.

    If the worst that happens is you pay higher prices for hard disks then you're doing well. Some of the scenes around where I live were like Dunkirk, it has really been that bad. Apart from flash flooding that is usually over in a few hours I've never seen anything like it around here before. Stagnant water that may takes weeks to drain, a hot climate, rubbish floating everywhere, it's a bad situation and not over yet. (Source)

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    Just bought 2 of those Hitachi disks online, so didn't need the glasses.
    Thanks flakes.

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    Asus say they will run out of hard drives by the end of the month: ASUS: 'We run out of hard disks at the end of the month' ? The Register

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    I managed to get 2 x 2tb seagates for 130 last week, lucky I didn't hang around any longer!

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    I'm still smarting from paying a ton over the odds for a pair of drives. They were 50 the other week.

    Still, a drive in the hand.... gathers no moss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    I'm still smarting from paying a ton over the odds for a pair of drives. They were 50 the other week.

    Still, a drive in the hand.... gathers no moss.
    I am (was) in the same, got the server then almost couldn't afford the drives. Still annoyed at having to pay 30 more than I thought I would. I found mine on Misco, they were the cheapest but now don't even have any internal drives listed!

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    Normally panic buying is fuelled by rumour and hype, but in this case I suggest that we all panic.

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