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Hard drive advice

By terry5880
Dec 7, 2011
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  1. hi all looking for 1tb or more external hard drive under £60 really can anyone reccomend cheapest places my usb is 2.0 any other info please let me know . thanks
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Wait a month to six weeks... They are actually off line at the Hard Drive factories, so the prices are very high. As soon as they catch up with existing orders, they will go back to full scale manufacturing of the 1, 1.5, and 2 TB drives... at a cost you can afford.

    Prices have already come down 12 percent, but it will take a while for availability and somewhat normal pricing to get in gear.
     
  3. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    ah ok ty i see a 1tb core for 59.99 or seagate 1tb for 79 99
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    It would be helpful to know where you see them offered at that price, with the brands and models... as I just checked six sources to find them all over $109.. and most were $139.99 to $145.99... Those priced at less showed they were "out of stock" or "unavailable.."
     
  5. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    maplin misco and ebay mate
     
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    As of 7:55 pm, Arizona time, the prices for those hard drives at Maplin and Misco were both over $121.99... some exceeded $139.99... Converting pounds to dollars, they are more expensive than Frys, NewEgg, Directron, Tech Depot, CDW, and MacMall... and none that I can find are under $100.
     
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    I got a 2TB one for £50 before all the flooding... so unless you're really really deperate for a new hard drive then you should wait a month or two as suggested.
     
  8. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    ok no not really desperate can wait a month thanks for your advice all
     
  9. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Booster Posts: 84

    WD Caviar Green 32MB Cache 1TB costs 83 Euros in Greece which means 71 Pounds. That's the cheapest I could find.
     
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    I think we've pretty much helped terry5880 out. But I wanted to add something, if you really had to get one, I've found some of the box stores have external hard drives that really haven't changed in price much. They are still more expensive than internals were a couple months ago (of course), but you can open up the externals and remove the drive to use as an internal - could save you a fair bit of money depending on the drive.
     
  11. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Good Idea. Have done this in the past, but have found the external drives are not of the same quality, usually Hitachi or Samsung, and do not come with the same warranty from the manufacturer. Western Digital and Seagate, for two, will generally not warranty the drive at all unless you also return the case.
    But these are desperate times for a while. Western Digital started up production last Thursday, but are still at only 40 percent of their previous capacity.
    Soon they will be a full production, but there are big questions about when any of the drive manufacturers will be producing IDE and EIDE drives once more.
    Our repair shop prices for 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch drives doubled in price, and in some sizes cost three times as much. The prices have dropped a little from November, but not nearly enough.
     
  12. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Booster Posts: 84

    Terry5880 my bad, they are INTERNAL HDDS NOT External. I guess external are more expensive, sorry it was my mistake.
     
  13. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    no problem mate . yea im looking for external to back everything up etc just incase anything went wrong etc .. again thanks all for your help
     
  14. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Booster Posts: 84

    Mate I searched again and I found 3.5"inch 1TB the cheapest is 69 pounds! (External) It is called " Intenso Memory Tower 1TB" . But generally more renowed companies are much much expensive (cause they are better I suppose? :D ) So you can't find with 60Pounds 1TB ;-)
     

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