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DVD Polizei
11-05-11, 08:56 PM
So, I've been on the lookout for a few hard drives, and even modest capacity drive is rather expensive. Almost twice as much as what I was looking at just a month ago. WTF. Is this the fallout from the Thailand flooding?

I may just grab a few IDE drives from an older computer and use those until these prices come back down.

Save Ferris
11-05-11, 09:40 PM
I noticed this at Frys this week and the whiteshirt said 'yeah, its because of whats going on in China'

crankyman
11-05-11, 09:47 PM
yeah...noticed that too.

i found an external 2tb drive at staples on sale and a $25 off $75 coupon to get a good deal on a 2 tb drive (taking it out of the case to use as in internal).

ram is pretty cheap....but motherboards seem to have gone up a bit as well.

Psi
11-05-11, 10:52 PM
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_19266849

The historic floods in Thailand, the world's largest manufacturer of computer hard disk drives, could ripple across the global tech economy and disrupt an array of industries, from PC makers to cloud computing.

The rising monsoon waters, which began in July and have killed more than 400 people and forced thousands to evacuate their homes, have swamped seven major industrial parks housing many of the nation's hard-drive factories, which supply critical components to companies such as Apple (AAPL). The floods have also wreaked havoc with other manufacturing sectors, from automobiles to jeans.

While Thailand would never make anyone's list as a technology hub the way China or Taiwan would, the Southeast Asian country's role as the components assembly-line for the computer industry underscores how problems in one link of the PC global supply chain can disrupt other industries.

Thailand supplies about 40 percent of the world's hard disk drives -- the heart and muscle of most computers -- and is also a major producer of parts that are shipped to hard-disk-drive makers in other countries. With many factory floors now under water, the country's hard drive output could be slashed by 25 to 40 percent, according to research firm IDC.

...

Western Digital, which has extensive operations in Thailand, said product shipments could drop from 58 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30 to 22 million to 26 million for the current period. Seagate, whose corporate officers are based in Silicon Valley, said its hard drive factories in Thailand were unaffected by the flooding. However, it said its shipments could drop by as much as 20 percent this quarter.

...

wmansir
11-05-11, 10:53 PM
Damn, I drive I got 8 months ago for $80 @Newegg is now $240. I was hoping for a cheap 2TB drive on black friday, but that's not happening.

zuffy
11-05-11, 11:19 PM
I got lucky. Bought 4 of the Hitachi 3tb for $110 each a few weeks ago for my NAS. Now it's going for $260 each at Newegg.

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
11-06-11, 12:15 AM
yeah...noticed that too.

i found an external 2tb drive at staples on sale and a $25 off $75 coupon to get a good deal on a 2 tb drive (taking it out of the case to use as in internal).

ram is pretty cheap....but motherboards seem to have gone up a bit as well.

heh, i remember the good old days when i could pick up an Intel dual core chip and mobo combo for under $30. :sad:

X
11-06-11, 12:34 AM
Fortunately, it seems now, I've been buying when I see deals on hard drives and literally have no place to put any more of them. I guess that worked out ok. Not sure about the peanut butter yet...

The flooding in Thailand has been noticed for a while and therefore the deal on the 2TB Seagate (*shudder*) at Best Buy for $75 has been considered decent for the last week. I'm glad I didn't have to resort to that!

DVD Polizei
11-06-11, 01:23 AM
It's almost cheaper buying USB Flash drives.

fumanstan
11-06-11, 01:39 AM
At least SSD prices are getting a bit more reasonable lately.

X
11-06-11, 01:56 AM
At least SSD prices are getting a bit more reasonable lately.That's what I've been buying lately. And they're certainly getting almost reasonable in price. There's a 512 GB Crucial M4 for $750 at Newegg.

Josh-da-man
11-06-11, 05:52 AM
I noticed a few days ago that the prices on Amazon were starting to go crazy and everything jumped in price by about 50%.

I really hope that this doesn't lead to a run of low-quality hard drives flooding the market to fill demand in the near future.

kd5
11-06-11, 07:58 AM
I wondered why hard drives are twice what they were just recently at Newegg. Went to price an 80gb WD for an older computer, $75!!! It was just $34 the last time I looked! That's insane...-screwy- -kd5-

mkdevo
11-06-11, 10:32 AM
yeah...noticed that too.

i found an external 2tb drive at staples on sale and a $25 off $75 coupon to get a good deal on a 2 tb drive (taking it out of the case to use as in internal).

I picked up 2 of these as well and did the same thing. Seemed to be pretty much the only option for a cheap 2TB drive right now. The cases are pretty neat too. While I won't be using them with these drives, they'll probably get used by something else.

printerati
11-06-11, 11:04 AM
I noticed early last week that Micro Center doubled their hard drive prices and put a limit on the number you can buy. The local store is limited to "two per person", but according to Slickdeals, several other locations are limiting you to one. I ended up repurposing an old 160 GB SATA drive for a new workstation at the office instead of spending $80+ on a new 500 GB one.

Curiously, 2.5"/laptop hard drive prices don't appear to be quite as insane (yet). Lower demand, I guess.

wmansir
11-06-11, 11:11 PM
Damn, I drive I got 8 months ago for $80 @Newegg is now $240. I was hoping for a cheap 2TB drive on black friday, but that's not happening.

I just checked and I was off slightly. I bought the 2TB drive just about a year ago. The drive I bought 9 months ago was a 1TB drive for $55, it's now $188.

Shazam
11-06-11, 11:33 PM
I bought a 1.5TB (or was it 2TB?) drive a few weeks ago for $55. Now they're $155. Yikes.

mikehunt
11-07-11, 12:20 AM
glad I bought two 2TB drives back when I only actually needed 1

Jacoby Ellsbury
11-07-11, 08:40 AM
2TB WD Green Internal SATA

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+Caviar+Green+2TB+Internal+Serial+ATA+Hard+Drive/9234465.p?id=1218064150518&skuId=9234465&slref=10&slloc=01

$80

crankyman
11-07-11, 08:42 AM
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/11/07/business/sub-flood/sub-flood-articleLarge.jpg

Shazam
11-07-11, 12:37 PM
2TB WD Green Internal SATA

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+Caviar+Green+2TB+Internal+Serial+ATA+Hard+Drive/9234465.p?id=1218064150518&skuId=9234465&slref=10&slloc=01

$80Thing is, that's double the price they were a few weeks ago.

RichC2
11-07-11, 12:54 PM
Thing is, that's double the price they were a few weeks ago.

The regular price for the Caviar Green 2TB was $40? I personally haven't seen them for less than $65.

X
11-07-11, 01:53 PM
I like WD drives but I wouldn't touch a 2TB Caviar Green. I had two go bad on me, luckily I tested them by filling them (at least trying to) overnight. One crapped out about 3/4 of the way through, one went bad almost immediately. Gave up on them and went with Hitachis.

I've had good luck with the WD Green 1.5TB versions.

RichC2
11-07-11, 02:43 PM
I like WD drives but I wouldn't touch a 2TB Caviar Green. I had two go bad on me, luckily I tested them by filling them (at least trying to) overnight. One crapped out about 3/4 of the way through, one went bad almost immediately. Gave up on them and went with Hitachis.

I've had good luck with the WD Green 1.5TB versions.

So I assume - Hitachi Touro Desk USB 2.0 3TB External Hard Drive for $119.99 (http://www.officemax.com/technology/drives-memory-storage/hard-drives-usb-drives/external-hard-drives/product-prod3450202?history=e1x53ftc|categoryId~10004^categoryName~Technology^parentCategoryID~category_root @j9jz31us|categoryId~cat1310028^categoryName~Drives%2C+Memory+%26+Storage^parentCategoryID~cat_10004 @44p7b4y2|categoryId~284^categoryName~Hard+Drives+%26+USB+Drives^parentCategoryID~cat_cat1310028@ae8 3fzqi|categoryId~cat10012^categoryName~External+Hard+Drives^parentCategoryID~cat_284@ag05c078|prodPa ge~15^refine~1^region~1@os02tml7|refineName~Brand^prodPage~15^refine~1^sub_attr_name~1^region~1^refi neValue~Hitachi) - would be worthwhile? (USB 2.0 on a 3TB hdd makes no sense, but I think I can survive with it.)

Shazam
11-07-11, 02:58 PM
The regular price for the Caviar Green 2TB was $40? I personally haven't seen them for less than $65.Yup, I was able to buy them locally for around $50.

RichC2
11-07-11, 03:00 PM
So no, but good deal anyhow :D lucky you. The cheapest they've ever been here is around $65 unless you count price match + staples/office depot coupon.

Shazam
11-07-11, 03:22 PM
Well, I was just looking at the regular price. I'm sure they were even cheaper when they were on sale.

HD prices were definitely dropping like a rock before the floods :(

X
11-07-11, 03:38 PM
So I assume - Hitachi Touro Desk USB 2.0 3TB External Hard Drive for $119.99 (http://www.officemax.com/technology/drives-memory-storage/hard-drives-usb-drives/external-hard-drives/product-prod3450202?history=e1x53ftc|categoryId~10004^categoryName~Technology^parentCategoryID~category_root @j9jz31us|categoryId~cat1310028^categoryName~Drives%2C+Memory+%26+Storage^parentCategoryID~cat_10004 @44p7b4y2|categoryId~284^categoryName~Hard+Drives+%26+USB+Drives^parentCategoryID~cat_cat1310028@ae8 3fzqi|categoryId~cat10012^categoryName~External+Hard+Drives^parentCategoryID~cat_284@ag05c078|prodPa ge~15^refine~1^region~1@os02tml7|refineName~Brand^prodPage~15^refine~1^sub_attr_name~1^region~1^refi neValue~Hitachi) - would be worthwhile? (USB 2.0 on a 3TB hdd makes no sense, but I think I can survive with it.)I haven't tried the 3TB Hitachis, but I haven't heard anything bad about them either.

kefrank
11-08-11, 10:00 AM
HD prices were definitely dropping like a rock before the floods :(
Just a helpful note - the generally accepted abbreviation is HDD (hard disk drive).

Save Ferris
11-08-11, 12:13 PM
Just a helpful note - the generally accepted abbreviation is HDD (hard disk drive).

Why bother, when you can just burn stuff to a BR disk?

kefrank
11-08-11, 12:22 PM
Why bother, when you can just burn stuff to a BR disk?
:lol:

Dave99
11-08-11, 03:40 PM
glad I put together a NAS a couple months ago. I bought 8 2tb hitachi's @ $79 each, 209 now. Crazy.

TheBang
11-08-11, 07:25 PM
Why bother, when you can just burn stuff to a BR disk?
nice one

bunkaroo
11-08-11, 11:39 PM
Ok that explains why my new 1TB WD Caviar Black was 119 at Best Buy but like 50 more when I looked it up at other places online. And I recently bought a nice external 1.5TB for 60 bucks. Guess I'm lucky I got those when I did.

Matthew Chmiel
11-09-11, 01:16 PM
As mentioned in an earlier thread, I paid $39 for a 2.5" Western Digital 320 GB Scorpio Black from Amazon in September for my wife's Sony Vaio. That same hard drive is now $129 on most online retailers. A 225% increase in price in less than three months.

I was looking at doing my own RAID setup before the end of the year, but I guess I'll be waiting longer to do so.

Josh-da-man
11-09-11, 02:42 PM
I wonder if any stores are hurriedly revising their Black Friday ads...

dgmayor
11-09-11, 04:55 PM
That WD drive at Best Buy isn't listing as out of stock, but it won't let you ship to any store...

zyzzle
11-09-11, 05:30 PM
The 200-300% increase is insane. Are prices likely to stay high "indefinitely" (ie, the bar has now been raised), or will they trickle back down? Will this give impetus for a mass-pushing of SSD drives now, and perhaps their prices will drop precipitously as a result?

Memory prices doubled a year or so ago, and are now back to the "cheap" prices before the increase of 12-18 months ago.

dgmayor
11-09-11, 06:01 PM
I'm hearing at least 6 months.

Dave99
11-09-11, 11:51 PM
Interesting, I had a drive fail in a dell server, and instead of just shipping out a replacement like normal, we went through a bunch of diagnostics and got the array to start rebuilding. The tech said dell is clamping down on shipping drives, they only are to do it with a absolutely confirmed failures.

Mordred
11-10-11, 12:42 PM
The 200-300% increase is insane. Are prices likely to stay high "indefinitely" (ie, the bar has now been raised), or will they trickle back down? Will this give impetus for a mass-pushing of SSD drives now, and perhaps their prices will drop precipitously as a result?Technology products don't work like some other items (gas anyone?). They'll come down once the supply comes up. I've heard it may take another 12 months for them to get production back to levels it had been. Sucks because I was in the market for a new HDD and now I've decided to stick it out with what I've got and try and juggle my free space.

Ranger
11-11-11, 12:44 AM
I wonder if any stores are hurriedly revising their Black Friday ads...Yeah, so far, only BF "deal" is the USB 2TB Seagate at Costco for $69.

Shazam
11-14-11, 12:09 PM
Bought a hard drive for a friend. 1GB for $160. :(

Save Ferris
11-14-11, 12:44 PM
Yeah, so far, only BF "deal" is the USB 2TB Seagate at Costco for $69.

Is it possible to crack open the case and turn an external drive into an internal?

I have a year old Snap Server that I'm thinking of doing this to. I don't know how to use it so this might be an option for me.

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
11-14-11, 01:13 PM
Is it possible to crack open the case and turn an external drive into an internal?

I have a year old Snap Server that I'm thinking of doing this to. I don't know how to use it so this might be an option for me.

Should work, but you'd be potentially voiding warranty.

TheBang
11-14-11, 08:26 PM
Is it possible to crack open the case and turn an external drive into an internal?
I've done it many times.

Ranger
11-20-11, 12:30 PM
Staples has the 2tb usb drive for $79.
http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/276204

edit: western digital.

TheKobra
11-20-11, 01:40 PM
Glad I purchased 5 2tb hard drives in Jan for $89 each at newegg.

DVDKrayzie
11-20-11, 10:01 PM
costco has a WD 3tb usb 3.0 drive for like $109 right now

broadwayblue
11-22-11, 06:40 PM
silly me...bought a NAS a couple months back and figured I could load up on cheap hard drives come black friday. lol

Giantrobo
11-22-11, 07:28 PM
Damn, My drive is starting to go bad too. Shit. I did like seeing the Western Digital factory underwater. I hate WD drives every one I had went bad on me. Wratchet wratchet Whiiiirrrr... DEAD!

broadwayblue
11-26-11, 03:17 AM
Ordered a couple Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB External USB 3.0 Drives (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1218413794829&type=product&isLogout=true&DPSLogout=true&_requestid=449510) for $99 each. Apparently the drive inside is the replacement for the Barracuda XT and goes for well over $200 on its own. Considering today's hard drive prices I can't really complain about spending $200 for 6TB of 7,200rpm storage.

zuffy
11-27-11, 10:37 AM
Not the greatest price but still much cheaper than the competitors. I got the Samsung 750GB 5400rpm 2.5" HDD for $80.

TheBang
11-27-11, 03:15 PM
I've been following a bunch of Western Digital drives on Amazon, and after shooting up dramatically in October, they've been slowly trending downward over the past couple weeks, so I think we're past the peak, and prices will return to pre-flood prices within a couple months. So, hold off just a little longer if you can.

Example:

http://charts.camelcamelcamel.com/us/B004RORMF6/amazon.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0

kahuna
11-27-11, 08:08 PM
When it comes to external drives prices are still high. At least the WD Element 1-2.0TB external drives I been buying. Last year prices on BF on Amazon they were between $59-$69. This BF sale on those drives were 3TB was $150 & the 2TB was $100. There is a 1TB one coming in a lighting deal in about 2 hours so I will see how much that will cost. Heck I brought a 1.5TB WD external Element HD for $59 back in July. I usually buy purchase 2 of the 2TB external HD each year to store my Korean Drama 720P episodes. My last 2TB HD has about 300GB left on it. So I was hoping to buy a couple more this BF. But that is not going to happen at those prices.

TheBang
11-28-11, 10:49 PM
Since my last post, it looks like prices took a swing back up. So, who knows how long this will last.

Josh-da-man
11-29-11, 04:40 AM
I picked up a couple of cheap external HDs over the weekend, so I'm good for a while.

As to how long this will go on, I'd wager until they can get production back up. Anywhere from a couple of months to a year. I suspect that there will be an occasional bargain every now and then, though.

Superboy
11-29-11, 07:52 AM
Prices are continuing to skyrocket.

A 1tb WD drive I got a few months ago for $50 is now going for almost $250.

Dave99
11-29-11, 02:17 PM
Yeah, I'm not so sure prices are truly coming back down yet. Reading on some IT related message boards, people are having trouble getting drives for enterprise gear (SAN etc) at any price from vendors like dell. I'm guessing they are holding whatever stock they have for warranty replacements. This problem is probably compounded for those types of vendors, because they use specially signed firmware to insure you can't use generic 3rd party drives in your expensive array.

Josh-da-man
11-29-11, 05:10 PM
We could see prices really skyrocket if they don't get production back up as the existing stock becomes depleted.

At this point in time, we've seen prices double (or more), but I don't really see a shortage yet. There are still lots of HDs sitting on store shelves -- though they seem to sell out quickly from online vendors. The big question is, what will happen if they still haven't got the factories turning out HDs by the summer? Is there enough extant stock out there to meet demand?

Sorraffy
12-21-11, 04:13 AM
"Good news for Hard Drive lovers!"

Hard drive prices slide as Thai flood aftermath subsides (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9222871/Hard_drive_prices_slide_as_Thai_flood_aftermath_subsides)
The price of the most popular hard disk drives are beginning to drop as inventories climb out of a deep hole that began in October after massive flooding shut down major production sites in Thailand.
...
Over the past few weeks, hard drive prices have leveled off and have begun to drop slowly, according to Dynamite's data.

"For first time, less than week after Western Digital's first [fabrication plant] went back on line, drive inventory began increasing at both distributors and ecommerce sites, and index prices began coming down a little too," Kubicki said.
...
However, Zhang cautioned that certain drive inventories are still short, such as 500GB and 1TB capacity models for both desktop and notebook PCs

*Those buying news HDDs might want to look through this page too:
With hard drives in short supply, Seagate and Western Digital slash warranties (http://www.zdnet.com/blog/computers/with-hard-drives-in-short-supply-seagate-and-western-digital-slash-warranties/7186)

Ranger
04-04-12, 12:35 PM
IDC: HDD Output To Reach Preflood Levels, But Prices Will Stay At A Postflood Premium (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/idc_hdd_output_reach_preflood_levels_prices_will_stay_postflood_premium)
Man, I'm getting frustrated with the waiting. I saw a 2TB WD Green drive for $115 and thought that was a so-so deal.

X
04-04-12, 12:51 PM
IDC: HDD Output To Reach Preflood Levels, But Prices Will Stay At A Postflood Premium (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/idc_hdd_output_reach_preflood_levels_prices_will_stay_postflood_premium)
Man, I'm getting frustrated with the waiting. I saw a 2TB WD Green drive for $115 and thought that was a so-so deal.Bad drive, don't waste your time on it.

Superman07
04-04-12, 01:35 PM
While disc drives remain high, I feel like SSD prices are coming down quick. Granted if you're looking at something over 120GB that doesn't help much. However, always allows the option for a new OS drive and repurpose the HDD as a cruch until 1TB+ prices come down.

Shazam
04-04-12, 01:42 PM
I had to replace a failed 15K SAS drive on one of our servers a couple weeks ago. Thank god Dell just sent me a new one right away instead of having me jump through hoops.

Josh-da-man
04-05-12, 05:18 PM
All of the drives I have in my Amazon wishlist are still as expensive as fuck.

$100+ for a 500 gig external.

Shazam
04-05-12, 05:47 PM
Pfft. I'm building a SAN and the drives are costing me $200 each. Grok. Luckily the enclosure is $13K so it's deflecting the cost a bit.

zuffy
04-06-12, 12:02 AM
I got a decent deal on the Samsung Spinpoint M8 1TB 5400rpm 2.5" for $100. Used a $10 GC from a power supply I purchased from Newegg so my end cost is $90.

nickdawgy
04-06-12, 10:16 AM
I just got a 500gb Toshiba portable hdd for like $60. Not sure if that's good or not, but I was happy with the price.

zuffy
04-06-12, 10:47 AM
No more prebuilt portable hdd for me. Too unreliable. I buy the enclosure and hdd separately.

wmansir
04-06-12, 01:06 PM
With WD and Seagate buying out Hitachi and Samsung's HDD divisions there is not going to be as much pressure on them lowering prices. Hitachi and Samsung usually undercut the big two on price even before the flooding. Unfortunately, I think Toshiba's manufacturing was one of the worst hit.

nickdawgy
04-06-12, 01:33 PM
No more prebuilt portable hdd for me. Too unreliable. I buy the enclosure and hdd separately.

It was my first one, and we needed one anyway.

twikoff
04-06-12, 01:54 PM
corrie picked up a 3tb external for me on black friday for 69$
just used for my nightly syncs and offline backup
but was looking to grab another for a friend.. and havent seen the price anywhere near that since... i guess she got a much better deal than i originally thought

zyzzle
04-06-12, 07:36 PM
Yep, it seems my fear 9 months ago that this flood would provide a permanate 'excuse' to price gouge has been realized. Damn greedy bastards! Hopefully it means many more folks will switch over to SSD drives sooner than they otherwise would. I'm looking toward that direction myself.

But, it will be a LONG time before we can get a 3 TB SSD for $69, or before hard drive prices fall to $69 for 3 TB, if ever. Now, to them, it's like asking if gas will ever fall to $2 / gallon again. No way, they say!

Drexl
04-07-12, 01:59 AM
That's a shame about them wanting to keep drive prices high.

It's still a ways off, but I wonder if this could have any effect on Sony's next console. The rumor is that they're not going to include a hard drive with the unit, probably to keep the initial price down (like MS did with their "core" 360 system). But I wonder if they'll reconsider if drives are going to remain higher in price. If they don't include one, potential buyers could pass if they're looking at an inflated price to add a drive. If it's included, Sony could get the proper discounts from the manufacturers.

Ranger
04-07-12, 11:51 AM
Interesting point, but a future console release is definitely still a long way off.

wmansir
04-07-12, 02:01 PM
Aren't those console add-on drive prices already highly inflated? Sony or MS could cut their margin on the add-on for a while then go back to making money like bandits selling near obsolete drives for a premium.

Drexl
04-07-12, 04:26 PM
Aren't those console add-on drive prices already highly inflated? Sony or MS could cut their margin on the add-on for a while then go back to making money like bandits selling near obsolete drives for a premium.

Well, I was assuming that Sony would just let you use a standard 2.5" SATA drive as they did with the PS3. But, it's possible they won't.

Mordred
04-07-12, 07:13 PM
Yep, it seems my fear 9 months ago that this flood would provide a permanate 'excuse' to price gouge has been realized. Damn greedy bastards! Hopefully it means many more folks will switch over to SSD drives sooner than they otherwise would. I'm looking toward that direction myself.

But, it will be a LONG time before we can get a 3 TB SSD for $69, or before hard drive prices fall to $69 for 3 TB, if ever. Now, to them, it's like asking if gas will ever fall to $2 / gallon again. No way, they say!:lol: I just read my reply to you, and it looks like I might've been wrong. I guess we'll see where prices are in September.

Ranger
04-16-12, 02:44 PM
Some might be interested in these:
Western Digital Resurrects VelociRaptor Hard Drive Line with Beastly 1TB Model
Posted 04/16/2012 at 7:22am | by Paul Lilly
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Back in the day (as in, before solid state drives), Western Digital's VelociRaptor line was the cat's meow in terms of high speed storage. Fast and expensive, VelociRaptors were the tool of choice by power users willing to drop a bit of extra coin for better performance. Flash forward to today and you'll find SSDs are the popular option among power users, but just like billionaire InGen CEO John Hammond brought back dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, Western Digital has injected new DNA into its VelociRaptor line and is now shipping its most capacious mutation to date.

The new VelociRaptor 1TB features a 10,000 RPM spindle speed that remains the fastest of any consumer level hard drive. It also boasts a SATA 6Gbps interface and 64MB cache buffer, and consumes less idle power and uses similar active power as previous generation VelociRaptor models.

"WD is committed to providing customers with the best performing and most reliable SATA hard drives and our WD VelociRaptor family of drives underscores that promise," said Darwin Kauffman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise storage. "With ever-increasing demand for greater capacity, the new 1 TB WD VelociRaptor drive delivers the ultimate combination of speed and storage for the power user."

The updated VelociRaptor drives are 2.5 inches and ship in an IcePack enclosure with a 3.5-inch mounting frame and built-in heatsink. WD's 1TB (WD1000DHTZ) is priced at $320, while 500GB (WD5000HHTZ, $210) and 250GB (WD2500HHTZ, $160) models are also available. All three are backed by a 5-year warranty.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/western_digital_resurrects_velociraptor_hard_drive_line_beastly_1tb_model

Ranger
04-17-12, 10:26 PM
So can the new 2.5" VelociRaptor drives be used in laptops?

X
04-17-12, 10:28 PM
I was wondering that myself. You could maybe strip the drive out but the connectors probably won't fit a laptop. And I don't think you'd want to be running on batteries.

Drexl
04-17-12, 11:20 PM
Frankly, for $320, I'd much rather have a SSD and a conventional HDD, even with the HDD at the current inflated price. You could get at least 120GB on solid state and 1TB on a hard disk for that much, or maybe less.

X
04-17-12, 11:47 PM
Frankly, for $320, I'd much rather have a SSD and a conventional HDD, even with the HDD at the current inflated price. You could get at least 120GB on solid state and 1TB on a hard disk for that much, or maybe less.My standard config for a notebook is a 128 or 256GB SSD and then I have an external 1TB USB-powered drive that I use for big storage.

zuffy
04-18-12, 12:18 AM
So can the new 2.5" VelociRaptor drives be used in laptops?

No because even without the heatsink, the drive is thicker than the laptop standard 9.5mm HDD. Even if you find a laptop that can support the 12.5mm in height, the SATA connectors are not at the standard backplane to fit.

wmansir
04-18-12, 01:12 AM
I'd be curious to know why they didn't just go 3.5" if they weren't going to make them laptop compatible.

Drexl
04-18-12, 02:25 AM
I'd be curious to know why they didn't just go 3.5" if they weren't going to make them laptop compatible.

It's probably the heatsink. If they made the outer case 3.5" it may still need a heatsink around it, which would then make it too big for a standard 3.5" HDD bracket.

zuffy
04-18-12, 02:50 PM
From what I have read, the 10k to 15k rpm HDDs platters are not 3.5" but 2.5-2.6". Also, it would not work in a laptop because the drive requires 12V, not the 5V that is provided in the laptop.

Shazam
04-19-12, 12:37 PM
Frankly, for $320, I'd much rather have a SSD and a conventional HDD, even with the HDD at the current inflated price. You could get at least 120GB on solid state and 1TB on a hard disk for that much, or maybe less.

Intel's new SSD330 180GB is around $240. That's my next drive.

fumanstan
04-19-12, 01:27 PM
I could see the 1 TB Velociraptor making sense if you need faster mass storage. I wouldn't mind pairing a 256 GB SSD with that drive, rather then a 512 GB SSD for instance :)

I'm happy with my 256 GB Crucial m4 though.

Patman
04-29-12, 12:22 PM
Intel's new SSD330 180GB is around $240. That's my next drive.

Newegg has it now for $209.99.

Shazam
04-29-12, 01:37 PM
Newegg has it now for $209.99.

Yup, it's $220 Canadian, just bought it. Been waiting for it to go in stock, and then it goes on sale! :banana:

argh923
04-30-12, 04:53 PM
180GB for $210? rotfl

Just got a 1TB HD for $109 at Walmart. I figured that's as good as prices are gonna get.

Tracer Bullet
04-30-12, 04:58 PM
Just got a 1TB HD for $109 at Walmart. I figured that's as good as prices are gonna get.

Amazon has an external 1TB for $79.

Patman
04-30-12, 05:04 PM
180GB for $210? rotfl

Just got a 1TB HD for $109 at Walmart. I figured that's as good as prices are gonna get.

You buy the 180GB SSD for its read/write speed as the OS boot drive. The conventional HD you buy is for its storage capacity.

I also picked up a WD Caviar Black 64MB cache 7200rpm SATA III drive for $119 at Newegg yesterday (not sure if the $20 discount is still in-effect now - it is, for today 4/30/2012 is the last day of the promotion). I wonder how loud this drive really is...

Shazam
04-30-12, 06:27 PM
180GB for $210? rotfl

Just got a 1TB HD for $109 at Walmart. I figured that's as good as prices are gonna get.I do software development on my laptop; SSDs are a godsend when I do things like compile, or even open up Visual Studio. The things I do with my computer are different than what you do (store and watch pron).

Ranger
07-05-12, 03:50 PM
Thought this was a nice deal. Adata 128GB SSD for $79 AR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16820211602

http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/305686

Anyone see a better deal recently?

X
07-05-12, 04:17 PM
I don't know anything about Adata SSD but I would stick to the best brands, Intel, Samsung (probably tied for 1st place), Crucial and Kingston.

Samsung 128GB has been down to around $100 recently and Intel has had some very good deals.

You don't have to rush to get good prices on these. Prices are plunging.

X
07-08-12, 09:00 PM
Starting 7/9/12, 12:01 am PDT @ Newegg

128gb Samsung 830 series SSD for $90 using coupon EMCYTZT1880

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

X
07-25-12, 11:13 AM
Another great deal for a SSD. I have a couple of the 240GB versions of this and they're great.

Kingston HyperX 120GB for $80 using coupon EMCYTZT1951. Today only.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045

Ranger
07-25-12, 02:15 PM
Yeah that looks good. Too bad have to wait since I just paid to get the AC serviced.

X
07-25-12, 02:24 PM
Argh, it was such a good deal I searched around and found a computer I could use it on so I got one.

Nefarious
07-25-12, 02:28 PM
Went to put it in my cart and by the time I logged in it was sold out.

shizawn
07-25-12, 02:29 PM
I managed to get one. Thanks for the heads up!

X
07-25-12, 02:34 PM
Went to put it in my cart and by the time I logged in it was sold out.Really? I guess I just barely decided in time!

Check back for it later, they often restock.

zyzzle
07-25-12, 05:32 PM
Bait & Switch. Of course they're out. Newegg disappoints me as usual.

fumanstan
07-25-12, 05:35 PM
Bait & Switch. Of course they're out. Newegg disappoints me as usual.

It's not a bait and switch at all.

dleedlee
07-25-12, 06:18 PM
Is this one any good? Got an advert in my e-mail today.

SanDisk Ultra 120 GB Solid State Drive SDSSDH-120G-G25
$84.75 w/Code: MLC725HN For First 200 Orders
http://www.meritline.com/sandisk-ultra-120-gb-solid-state-drive-sdssdh-120g-g25---p-82138.aspx?hq_e=el&hq_m=2490480&hq_l=29&hq_v=8c963f3d56

X
07-25-12, 06:35 PM
It's only SATA II and about half the speed of the Kingston. I wouldn't get it myself.

fumanstan
07-25-12, 06:46 PM
Decent 120 GB SSD's like the Crucial m4 or Samsung 830 seem to have been around $90-100 on sale regularly these last few months, so I imagine more good deals will turn up soon.

Nefarious
07-25-12, 11:55 PM
I picked up a 520gb crucial m4 drive for $350 about a month ago. Installed it in my 2011 Mac Mini. Insane. Love it.

X
07-30-12, 03:02 PM
Today only:

128gb Samsung 830 series SSD for $85 using coupon EMCYTZT1974

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

deadlax
07-30-12, 03:42 PM
Do you guys have great success using SSDs as your main drive? I've tried two highly recommended drives, first an ADATA s511, then a Crucial m4, and both failed in under six months. Maybe I'm just having terrible luck, but it was enough for me to switch to a velociraptor for good.

X
07-30-12, 05:24 PM
I just got a Kingston that's acting flakey and is getting replaced, but other than that I've had no issues with SSDs.

Dave99
07-30-12, 11:33 PM
Do you guys have great success using SSDs as your main drive? I've tried two highly recommended drives, first an ADATA s511, then a Crucial m4, and both failed in under six months. Maybe I'm just having terrible luck, but it was enough for me to switch to a velociraptor for good.

I have 5 m4's in use for my systems, and roughly 50 more at client offices, and haven't had a single one fail. Another dozen or so various brands with clients with no issues (mainly intel 320's). Only had 1 ocz vertex fail, and that was working as l2arc (cache) on a zfs storage box - so writing a ton of data constantly.

fumanstan
07-30-12, 11:35 PM
I've used a 128 GB Crucial C300 and a 256 GB Crucial M4 without any issues.

X
08-07-12, 01:18 PM
Today only:

240GB Kingston HyperX for $170.

http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-20-239-046-_-08072012_2

I have two of these and they've been great. They're excellent for laptops as their power consumption is relatively low and they're very fast.

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
08-08-12, 10:53 AM
SanDisk 240gb SSD Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25 Extreme 240GB 2.5" SATA III (6 Gb/s) staples.com $119.99 8/8 1 day only

http://m.slickdeals.net/f/5025098-SanDisk-240gb-SSD-Drive-SDSSDX-240G-G25-Extreme-240GB-2-5-SATA-III-6-Gb-s-staples-com-119-99-8-8-1-day-only?p=52302182&utm_source=dealalerts&utm_medium=em-i&utm_term=52568&utm_content=u209293&utm_campaign=tu-9999#post52302182

mkdevo
08-08-12, 04:05 PM
SanDisk 240gb SSD Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25 Extreme 240GB 2.5" SATA III (6 Gb/s) staples.com $119.99 8/8 1 day only

http://m.slickdeals.net/f/5025098-SanDisk-240gb-SSD-Drive-SDSSDX-240G-G25-Extreme-240GB-2-5-SATA-III-6-Gb-s-staples-com-119-99-8-8-1-day-only?p=52302182&utm_source=dealalerts&utm_medium=em-i&utm_term=52568&utm_content=u209293&utm_campaign=tu-9999#post52302182

:(

While processing your order (Staples order number listed above), we realized that item 730659, Sandisk 240GB Solid State Drive, is not currently in stock. We value every order we receive and we apologize with the utmost sincerity for any inconvenience this may cause. We have not billed you for this item.

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
08-31-12, 03:39 PM
Not the best drive out there but at 30 cents a gb, seems like a decent deal.

http://m.slickdeals.net/f/5129458-OCZ-Vertex-Plus-R2-120GB-SSD-SATA-II-for-39-49-AR-AC?p=52886588&utm_source=dealalerts&utm_medium=em-i&utm_term=52568&utm_content=u209293&utm_campaign=tu-9999#post52886588

wmansir
09-07-12, 12:51 PM
This morning I got an email from Tiger Direct advertising the 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 for $60. The email said 24 hours only, ends 9/5 at midnight! Today is the 7th.

X
09-07-12, 02:59 PM
There's a reason OCZ SSDs are cheap. People don't want to pay much to lose their data.

RichC2
09-07-12, 03:00 PM
I have two OCZ SSDs, no problems here, but I do backup my important stuff a lot.

X
09-07-12, 03:09 PM
OCZ drives have a terrible reputation. I don't know if they've fixed their firmware enough yet or not.

RichC2
09-07-12, 03:20 PM
Apparently a lot of the issues were relayed back to the SandForce controllers, these were updated via Firmware and corrected in some of the newer OCZ drives. I have an Agility 3 (SandForce) and have had no problems with it (I have it in a laptop and love the performance boost), but reports state some OCZs do need the firmware updates. I also bought a OCZ Vertex 4 for my desktop but haven't given it a thorough rundown.

I paid $155 for the 120gb Agility 3 in January, it is now a $79.99 drive (which is what I recently paid for the 128gb Vertex 4, which has nearly 2x the write speed). The Vertex 4 runs off a Indilinx controller.

Raul3
09-08-12, 12:00 AM
$74 after $25 rebate

http://www.frys.com/product/6659624

It has 4 stars (average) in NewEgg.

X
09-08-12, 07:19 PM
Here's the 128GB OCZ Agility 4 for $35 after rebate. Actually, the rebates look like they may be screwed up so it may be $45 or $55.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007ZWVCOY/

Looks like demand is very low for that one.

RichC2
09-08-12, 08:55 PM
Looks like a giant crapshoot. The lemon ratio seems high.

Superman07
09-30-12, 08:58 AM
Update on this topic from Engadget:

Hard drive shipments recover from floods in Thailand, expected to reach record high By Alexis Santos posted Sep 29 2012 at 04:48PM

Last year's floods in Thailand caused hard drive shortages after wreaking havoc on a number of electronics manufacturers, but new stats from IHS iSuppli indicate that the HDD market for PCs has fully recovered and is poised to hit an all time high. The firm expects 524 million units for internal use in PCs to ship this year, besting the previous record by 4.3 percent. What's giving the recovery an added boost? According to the analytics group, the extra demand comes courtesy of Windows 8 and Ultrabooks. Unfortunately for deal hounds, the company noted in a report earlier this year that prices aren't expected to dip below the pre-flood range until 2014. If IHS iSuppli projections hold true, total annual hard drive shipments could reach 575.1 million by 2016.

Via: Computerworld Source: IHS iSuppli

by the time HDD prices recover, I wonder how large and far SSD will have come to take over.

Drexl
09-30-12, 01:44 PM
I thought this was the SSD deals thread? ;)

Anyway, although SSDs are getting cheaper, it's going to be a LONG time before they take over for hard drives. If you need a lot of space, like 1TB or more, SSDs aren't practical at all. And, the kinds of things you need all that space for (media files) really don't need super-fast storage. I think I'll be using multiple kinds of drives for a while.

On the other hand, if you're a cloud person that likes to stream everything, then yes, you could do without HDDs.

Ranger
09-30-12, 03:39 PM
Yeah, I guess I'm a cloud person. I know it'll be a while before SSD get around the 500GB and 1TB sizes at affordable prices, but I hope more pc sellers drop hard drives and go with SSDs. Even only a few ultrabooks come with SSDs. I'd rather them focus on selling regular screen size powerful laptops with SSDs.

fumanstan
09-30-12, 05:08 PM
I don't think SSD's will ever completely take over for mechanical drives in the near future, but the way flash memory has progressed in the last 5 years I don't think it will be that long for 500+ GB drives to be affordable.

X
09-30-12, 05:48 PM
I'm seeing 512GB SSDs for under $300

Matthew Chmiel
10-01-12, 01:29 AM
I don't think SSD's will ever completely take over for mechanical drives in the near future
I see it happening within the next five-to-ten years.

Drexl
10-01-12, 01:49 AM
I see it happening within the next five-to-ten years.

I don't know. It depends on what we mean by "take over." I think it's possible that in the next 5 years or so we could get to the point where prebuilt computers for consumers only come with SSDs. But, I think mechanical drives will still be available for those that need a lot of space and/or want them for backups.

Shazam
10-01-12, 05:29 PM
Nah, they're going to take over. There are no benefits to magnetic drives other than $/GB, and that'll be negated soon.

fumanstan
10-01-12, 05:37 PM
I see it happening within the next five-to-ten years.

I don't know. It depends on what we mean by "take over." I think it's possible that in the next 5 years or so we could get to the point where prebuilt computers for consumers only come with SSDs. But, I think mechanical drives will still be available for those that need a lot of space and/or want them for backups.

That's why I phrased it the way I did, using the word "completely" take over, as in completely replace them. While I can see SSD's being the default storage option in computers 5 years, mechanical drives are still going to exist and they're still going to be used as mass storage or cheaper options. I think SSD's have a year or two to go just to be a mainstream desktop option opposed to a high end laptop benefit offered by most current manufacturers. That's not to mention whether SSD's will replace mechanical drives in the enterprise, with current failure rates as high as they are.

Matthew Chmiel
10-01-12, 08:10 PM
That's why I phrased it the way I did, using the word "completely" take over, as in completely replace them. While I can see SSD's being the default storage option in computers 5 years, mechanical drives are still going to exist and they're still going to be used as mass storage or cheaper options. I think SSD's have a year or two to go just to be a mainstream desktop option opposed to a high end laptop benefit offered by most current manufacturers. That's not to mention whether SSD's will replace mechanical drives in the enterprise, with current failure rates as high as they are.
In terms of consumer products? SSDs will be the standard for numerous reasons:


With access to cloud computing and fast(er) internet increasing every day, the need for massive (i.e. 1TB+) internal storage will not be an essential as it once was.
SSDs will become cheaper. For example, 256GB SSDs can be purchased as low as $159.99 today. A year ago, these SSDs cost close to $500. A year or two from now? A fraction of what it is today.
Computing hardware can be made even smaller.

Yes, for enterprise use, mechanical hard drives will still be standard as they can hold more information and their easily replaceable. However, if SSDs can beat mechanical hard drives at $/GB... well, mechanical drives will become extinct.

fumanstan
10-01-12, 08:25 PM
In terms of consumer products? SSDs will be the standard for numerous reasons:


With access to cloud computing and fast(er) internet increasing every day, the need for massive (i.e. 1TB+) internal storage will not be an essential as it once was.
SSDs will become cheaper. For example, 256GB SSDs can be purchased as low as $159.99 today. A year ago, these SSDs cost close to $500. A year or two from now? A fraction of what it is today.
Computing hardware can be made even smaller.

Yes, for enterprise use, mechanical hard drives will still be standard as they can hold more information and their easily replaceable. However, if SSDs can beat mechanical hard drives at $/GB... well, mechanical drives will become extinct.

Yup, i dont disagree with any of those reasons and fully believe they will be the new standard consumer drive in the next 2-3 years. I just dont think mechanical drives will be phased out that quickly.

4KRG
10-01-12, 09:32 PM
Nah, they're going to take over. There are no benefits to magnetic drives other than $/GB, and that'll be negated soon.

I will disagree, a well made mechanical drive is more reliable in the long haul than an SSD. Especially if you are performing highly disk intense operations on a daily basis.

Mechanical drives also have a better chance of data recovery in the event of a failure and no backup to rely on :)

Public or Commercially available 'Cloud' storage has too many 'issues' for me to want to jump in, but I care about things most people don't, so I am sure I am in the minority. Private clouds where you own all your own cloud hardware and access is a different story, but most everyday people can't afford that :)



I for one will buy LARGE mechanical drives for as long as I use a computer.

orangecrush
10-02-12, 09:56 AM
I for one will buy LARGE mechanical drives for as long as I use a computer.This is likely true for me as well. Unless upload/download speeds are vastly increased and data caps are eliminated (which is the opposite of the way things are headed) by my ip, it is much more practical for me to have my TB's of media files stored locally. I still have about 150 DVDs to rip to my hard drive and I havenít even started putting my HD movies onto my computer yet. Iíll end up needing well over 10 TB if I leave everything uncompressed.

RichC2
10-02-12, 11:09 AM
I use a SSD for OS and save workfile/downloads/etc; to a large mechanical. The performance boost from having core applications, paging files, and the OS on a SSD is too great to ignore. While I'd like to have a 256gb or higher SSD so, there's no real need to store everything on them. Operational files are one thing, saved data generally takes up the bulk and most of that doesn't need to be loaded in the blink of an eye.

SSD is the single most impressive upgrade I've seen on computers in a long time, but it isn't a full replacement for mechanical, and I don't know that it ever will be. A system with a 256gb mSATA SSD w/ 1.5tb secondary 7200rpm would be ideal. Unfortunately, mSATA is still relatively pricey.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226321 <-- want :(

Shazam
10-02-12, 11:43 AM
I will disagree, a well made mechanical drive is more reliable in the long haul than an SSD. Especially if you are performing highly disk intense operations on a daily basis.Nah, the enterprise space already has very reliable SSD drives, and in any case SSD reliability is improving all the time.

Mechanical drives also have a better chance of data recovery in the event of a failure and no backup to rely on :)Yeah, data recovery is colossally expensive.

zyzzle
10-02-12, 07:13 PM
'Cloud' storage (in reality 3rd party offsite server storage, liable to deletion at the whim of that 3rd party) and current IP service providers, are mutually-exclusive. With forced commodity pricing of bandwidth and IP caps, we will still be needing our massive mechanical storage drives unless we want to be robbed blind!

Think long and hard about it; that will be the enforced solution unless heads roll and the little guy somehow wins over the IP conglomerates.

Nefarious
10-12-12, 08:57 AM
Kingston SataIII 120gb hyperx drive for $59.99 (no rebates; free shipping) from Amazon right now.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R67FNA/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0KPFKBBNKKX9773C3X2C&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846

RoboDad
10-12-12, 01:45 PM
Kingston SataIII 120gb hyperx drive for $59.99 (no rebates; free shipping) from Amazon right now.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R67FNA/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0KPFKBBNKKX9773C3X2C&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846

It's already back up to $89. Still not a bad deal, but $59 would have been better. :)

DVD Polizei
10-16-12, 11:56 PM
Dang it. Missed this! I plan on getting one SSD by the end of the year for my OS (Windows 7 Ultimate) . Prices not dropping until 2014? That's interesting. SSDs have dropped considerably just from 1Q of this year, so I'm very hopeful around the holidays, and if I can wait, Jan 2013.

X
10-17-12, 12:29 AM
Kingston SataIII 120gb hyperx drive for $59.99 (no rebates; free shipping) from Amazon right now.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R67FNA/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0KPFKBBNKKX9773C3X2C&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846That's the 3K model, a cheaper version of the HyperX. It seems to have the same specs as the HyperX (other than size), but it's the only SSD I've ever had trouble with and returned. However I think I'd try another one at that price.

fujishig
10-18-12, 01:00 PM
Amazon has a daily deal on Samsung SSDs... 69.99 for the 128GB, 154.99 for the 256GB:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=xs_gb_A3NE97FDI7X0S5?ie=UTF8&docId=1000843141&pf_rd_p=441937901&pf_rd_s=right-1&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=20&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0J2G52M02AEQ7NP4D4HF

X
10-18-12, 01:13 PM
Amazon has a daily deal on Samsung SSDs... 69.99 for the 128GB, 154.99 for the 256GB:Great drives for desktops, but fairly power-hungry so not the best for laptops.

RichC2
10-18-12, 01:18 PM
I can't emphasize enough how much of a performance boost these things provide. That is all.

X
10-18-12, 01:24 PM
I can't emphasize enough how much of a performance boost these things provide. That is all.Yes, it really helped my lowly netbook and my desktop boots into Windows 7 in 9 secs.

Shazam
10-18-12, 05:50 PM
I can't emphasize enough how much of a performance boost these things provide. That is all.I once got into a terrible argument with Jeff Atwood of all people about the vast improvement SSD drives would bring. He was adamant that they were irrelevant.

DVD Polizei
11-15-12, 10:16 AM
Well, I did it. I have a Samsung 830 series coming. It's only 64GB, but I'm only interesting in OS and applications on it. Looking forward to comparing results.

RichC2
11-15-12, 10:27 AM
Not to be mr negative on that purchase but is it just me or does that drive have exceptionally slow write speed for an SSD?

wmansir
11-15-12, 06:03 PM
The numbers look low because it's only 64GB, which is generally half speed writes vs larger capacities, and also some SSDs inflate their write specs by citing optimized compressible data writes. I haven't checked recently, but the 830 was the leader in real world tests at the 60/64GB capacity. This is probably because it uses 2x32GB blocks instead of 1X64GB like most other 64GB drives.

4KRG
11-15-12, 06:35 PM
Not to be mr negative on that purchase but is it just me or does that drive have exceptionally slow write speed for an SSD?

This is why one shouldn't look at synthetic benchmarks as gospel :)

RichC2
11-15-12, 09:52 PM
This is why one shouldn't look at synthetic benchmarks as gospel :)

:lol: True was just going off what was on Samsung's website.

http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/memory-storage/MZ-7PC064D/AM-specs

eXcentris
11-16-12, 02:13 AM
SSD's are awesome. I put a Plextor M5S in my T61p and zoommmmm, it's like I have a new laptop even if it only supports Sata II.

4KRG
11-16-12, 07:26 AM
SSD's are awesome. I put a Plextor M5S in my T61p and zoommmmm, it's like I have a new laptop even if it only supports Sata II.

Again, 'in the real world' you aren't going to notice much difference in a sata 2 vs. sata 3 capable SSD. So don't sell it short because of the interface, you are getting all the speed you are going to ever notice and it should fly.

eXcentris
11-16-12, 02:53 PM
I just wanted to experience ZOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! instead of zoommmmmm :sad:

kahuna
11-17-12, 06:52 PM
Seagate Expansion 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100
at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00834SJU8/ref=ox_sc_imb_mini_detail?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) for $89.99

brainee
11-18-12, 12:54 AM
Seagate Expansion 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive STBV3000100
at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00834SJU8/ref=ox_sc_imb_mini_detail?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) for $89.99

And it's over already :(

Shazam
11-18-12, 10:30 AM
I just wanted to experience ZOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! instead of zoommmmmm :sad:

Do a 4 X RAID 0.