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Western Digital agrees hard drive prices won't drop until 2013

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Western Digital executives expect hard drive production, which took a hit thanks to flooding in Thailand last year, to return to normal levels in the second quarter of 2012, reaching retailers some time in the following quarter. Prior to the floods, Thailand was home to multiple hard drive manufacturing plants, including the single largest drive spindle manufacturing facility in the world. ...

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#1
There has been tons of info about this shortage...
But no info about any new tech that will increase drive capacity.

Drive capacity has increased every year for the past ten years or more... until now.

I smell a rat.

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?
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#2
Originally posted by ThePastor:
There has been tons of info about this shortage...
But no info about any new tech that will increase drive capacity.

Drive capacity has increased every year for the past ten years or more... until now.

I smell a rat.


Never thought of this..........thanks! You shed new light on a rat-infested situation.
#3
What better way to get more for a product by taking a leaf out of OPEC's book,reduce the supply increase the profits,if they're smart they'll do exactly that & strangle supply indefinitely i would

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#4
Conspiracy theorists seldom understand economics. So, you are not to be blamed for "smelling a rat"...that isn't there.
#5
Originally posted by Blessedon:
Conspiracy theorists seldom understand economics. So, you are not to be blamed for "smelling a rat"...that isn't there.
Economics is another form of statistics. Both forms use mathematics as a logical basis to prove their respective platforms, to which the proposed 'infallible' numbers can be made to say anything to prove a debating a point. None of which are lies. Just truths of that particular beholder's. So let's not start this court of urination, tour de force please.

So, no, not necessarily conspiracy. But it 'can' definitely be a creative use of a bad situation.

#6
Yeah, that's kinda what I think. That they've been using this "disaster" to not only reduce demand and raising margin, but to reduce R&D with the result of there not being any new, larger hard drives available.

Someone did mention a new 4TB drive listed at Newegg.com. That's the first new HD I've seen in a year.

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?
#7
New flash: to the people who build these factories, why not put it somewhere where it doesn't rain 24/7? Since Thailand is most a tropical climate, wouldn't it make a little sense to put it in a more temperature environment and a little higher in altitude? Less exposure to moisture and flooding is ALWAYS a plus!

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#8
Originally posted by blueboy09:
New flash: to the people who build these factories, why not put it somewhere where it doesn't rain 24/7? Since Thailand is most a tropical climate, wouldn't it make a little sense to put it in a more temperature environment and a little higher in altitude? Less exposure to moisture and flooding is ALWAYS a plus!
A desert 'would' be great, but the first smattering of a sprinkle one afternoon & the same thing would happen because the corporate nut sack bean counters wouldn't spend the proper money for irrigation. Because, "who needs irrigation in a desert?"

#9
nnvan Unverified new user
Originally posted by blueboy09:
New flash: to the people who build these factories, why not put it somewhere where it doesn't rain 24/7? Since Thailand is most a tropical climate, wouldn't it make a little sense to put it in a more temperature environment and a little higher in altitude? Less exposure to moisture and flooding is ALWAYS a plus!
You build factories where you have cheap labor and stable political systems. Most places on earth are vulnerable to one kind of natural disaster or another.
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