Hard Drive Time Warp

The flooding in Thailand which resulted in hard drive shortages last year has undoubtedly been felt by computer enthusiasts and businesses alike.

In June of 2011, I purchased three one-terabyte hard drives for my home NAS. One of those drives has been producing flakey checksums during my weekly ZFS scrub. So, I curiously perused my purchase history on Newegg to remember how much I had paid for them. The three drives totaled just over $200 — not bad.

Pulling up the drive's product page on Newegg resulted in a gasp (OK, maybe not). The same three drives would cost just shy of $500 today. Incredible.

Word is that supply is slowly getting better, and we'll see drive prices ease back down to more reasonable levels. Depending on how this problem drive behaves, I hope that happens sooner rather than later.

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