Hard Drives: 3TB for $99 Anyone?
After deadly flooding hit Thailand, large manufacturers of PCs as well as manufacturers of hard drives pulled inventory in and a lot of hard disk drives either disappeared from the retail completely or got substantially more expensive. Nonetheless, we have found a number of sweet or noteworthy deals for Black Friday.
Seagate and Best Buy will offer Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 750GB portable HDD for $59 and Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 3TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 external drive (with 7200rpm spindle speed) for $99. Both offerings completely ignore the HDD shortage situation and will be rather excellent choices for those, who want to expand their storage capacities. Toshiba and Best Buy will also offer Canvio Basics 320GB external USB 2.0 portable hard drive with 5400rpm spindle speed and 8MB cache for $29.
Due to the situation with flooding, it is hard to expect hard disk drives to get less expensive in the next six to nine months. Those, who need a hard drive now, should find the lowest price possible, and simply get it. New capacity points will barely be introduced shortly and with production constraints in Thailand prices will also not going to get a lot lower even in traditionally slow first quarter.