Hitachi 2 and 3TB HD - double in price?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Oneness, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Oneness macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2007
    I was looking at the Hitachi 2TB and 3TB 7200rpm Deskstar hard drives this past summer and I remember the prices on Amazon being around $110-120 for the 2TB and $160-170 for the 3TB drive. I didn't buy them at the time, but am now in the market again.
    So, much to my surprise I looked on Amazon and now the prices are $205-220 for the 2TB and $330 for the 3TB. WHAT HAPPENED!?
    I kinda thought prices for HD generally went down not up, and certainly not double in price.
    Anyone know why?
  2. visim91 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
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    Jul 2, 2011
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  4. Oneness thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2007
    Thanks for the answer. I guess I am out of the market again. Maybe next Christmas. Oh wait, that's 2012 and the end of the world. Maybe I'll never buy another hard drive again. :).
  5. Firestar macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    This is what WD is supposed to look like about now.

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  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I was aware of the reason, but at most places prices are more in the range of double or even triple what they were a few months ago--I bought several 2TB 5K drives for $80 early this year which are now listed for $189 or $199 at the same retailer.

    Of course, luck being what it is, this is exactly when circumstances dictate it's time to upgrade the server drives at work, so I may actually have to pay the $300 for several 2TB drives. Ouch.

    Things are apparently improving, or so the news says, so prices will hopefully be returning to normal in a few months.
  7. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    Yeah, last December I picked up a WD 2TB caviar green for about $99 on Amazon and last April I picked up a WB scorpio black 750gb 7200 rpm drive for my MBP for $109 on Amazon. Today they go for almost 2x that and even more in some places. I might be another month or two before prices begin to creep down. On the plus side RAM prices keep dropping

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