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The new year has not seen major changes to the prices of spinning disks. However, on the SSD side, there are some interesting news, with Samsung really gearing up. Their 840 EVO and Pro series are now amongst the most affordable and reliable disks on the market.

The EVO series uses TLC memory, which stacks more bits per cell. This increases speed, but decreases reliability. The rule of thumb is 1000 writes for TLC memory, while MLC might be 10 times higher at 10k writes. It means that TLC disks will typically be for low to medium consumer use, while MLC is for higher pro use (as the series name also suggests). This is also reflected in Samsung’s warranty: Three years on the TLC disks, which is good, and an impressive five years on the MLC Pro disks. By comparison, Western Digital’s Red series has three years warranty, while the Green series has only two years.

Also notable is the fact that for the first time price per byte is lower for an SSD disk than a stack of 100 CD-Rs. That is of course because the 100 CD stack has stayed at about 30 Euros for the last six or more years. Never the less, it underlines the fact that 2014 will be the year when decent sized SSDs reach reasonable prices. Upgrading an older laptop with a 500 GB or 750 GB SSD is soon at a point where it makes sense, and will give good return on investment.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Seagate Barracuda 4TB 4000 GB 164.00 134.43 0.03 29.76
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 125.00 102.46 0.03 29.28
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 4TB 4000 GB 169.00 138.52 0.03 28.88
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 91.00 74.59 0.04 26.81
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 4TB, USB3 4000 GB 183.00 150.00 0.04 26.67
Harddisk Western Digital Red 4TB 4000 GB 185.00 151.64 0.04 26.38
Harddisk Western Digital Red 3TB 3000 GB 139.00 113.93 0.04 26.33
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 3TB, USB3 3000 GB 143.00 117.21 0.04 25.59
Harddisk Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000, 4TB 4000 GB 191.00 156.56 0.04 25.55
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements Portable 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 119.00 97.54 0.05 20.50
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB 4000 GB 260.00 213.11 0.05 18.77
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 67.00 54.92 0.05 18.21
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 135.00 110.66 0.06 18.07
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements Portable 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 82.00 67.21 0.07 14.88
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 238.00 195.08 0.16 6.41
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 42.00 34.43 0.16 6.17
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 96.00 78.69 0.17 5.97
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 10 @ 8,5GB 85 GB 36.00 29.51 0.35 2.88
SSD Samsung SSD 840 EVO Basic, TLC, 750GB 750 GB 339.00 277.87 0.37 2.70
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 35.00 28.69 0.41 2.44
SSD Samsung SSD 840 EVO Basic, TLC, 1TB 1000 GB 555.00 454.92 0.45 2.20
SSD Crucial M500 SSD, MLC, 120GB 120 GB 78.00 63.93 0.53 1.88
SSD Samsung SSD 840 EVO Basic, TLC, 500GB 500 GB 329.00 269.67 0.54 1.85
SSD Sandisk Ultra Plus, MLC, 256GB 256 GB 172.00 140.98 0.55 1.82
SSD Samsung SSD 840 EVO Basic, TLC, 250GB 250 GB 171.00 140.16 0.56 1.78
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 23.00 18.85 0.59 1.70
SSD Kingston HyperX 3K, MLC, 240GB 240 GB 186.00 152.46 0.64 1.57
SSD Samsung SSD 840 EVO Basic, TLC, 120GB 120 GB 99.00 81.15 0.68 1.48
SSD Samsung SSD 840 Pro Basic, MLC, 512GB 512 GB 439.00 359.84 0.70 1.42
SSD Samsung SSD 840 Pro Basic, MLC, 256GB 256 GB 229.00 187.70 0.73 1.36
SSD Kingston SSDNow KC300, MLC, 120GB 120 GB 111.00 90.98 0.76 1.32
SSD Corsair Force GT, MLC, 240GB 240 GB 222.00 181.97 0.76 1.32
SSD Sandisk Extreme, MLC, 480GB 480 GB 457.00 374.59 0.78 1.28
SSD Corsair Neutron, MLC, 128GB 128 GB 129.00 105.74 0.83 1.21
SDXC Sandisk Ultra SDXC, Class 10, 15/30MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 67.00 54.92 0.86 1.17
SSD Corsair Force GT, MLC, 120GB 120 GB 126.00 103.28 0.86 1.16
SSD Samsung SSD 840 Pro Basic, MLC, 128GB 128 GB 139.00 113.93 0.89 1.12
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 18.00 14.75 0.92 1.08
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 15/30MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 37.00 30.33 0.95 1.06
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Extreme 64GB 64 GB 97.00 79.51 1.24 0.80
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 27.00 22.13 1.38 0.72
SDXC Sandisk Extreme SDXC, UHS-I, 80/60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 119.00 97.54 1.52 0.66
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 16.00 13.11 1.64 0.61
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 35.00 28.69 1.79 0.56
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 18.00 14.75 1.84 0.54
SDXC Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC, UHS-I, 95/45MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 148.00 121.31 1.90 0.53
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class 10, 90/95MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 78.00 63.93 2.00 0.50
Compact Flash SanDisk Ultra 200x, 16GB 16 GB 49.00 40.16 2.51 0.40
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme 800x, 120MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 426.00 349.18 2.73 0.37
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 27.00 22.13 2.77 0.36
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 55.00 45.08 2.82 0.35
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme 800x, 120MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 230.00 188.52 2.95 0.34
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 123.00 100.82 3.15 0.32
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, 256GB 256 GB 1306.00 1070.49 4.18 0.24
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 126.00 103.28 6.45 0.15

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.220000 CHF.

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4 TB is finally at the top now, giving most storage for money. Both the Western Digital and Seagate drives are priced at 144 Euros, making them the new ideal disk for a large storage or backup systems. Furthermore, WD has put out a 4 TB in their My Book external series, which again gives more bytes per coin than its 3 TB little brother.

On the Sandisk Compact Flash end of the list there are also some interesting additions. They have added new Extreme Pro editions, at 120 MB/s and at a really extreme 160 MB/s read/write speed. On their own marketing page, they claim these cards are suited for shooting “4K” (e.g. 3840 × 2160 or 4096 × 2160). However, these cards are expensive, at 630 Euros for 128 GB, and 1200 Euros for 256 GB; not for the hobbyist in other words.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 4TB 4000 GB 179.00 144.35 0.04 27.71
Harddisk Seagate Barracuda 4TB 4000 GB 179.00 144.35 0.04 27.71
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 135.00 108.87 0.04 27.56
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 4TB, USB3 4000 GB 184.00 148.39 0.04 26.96
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 3TB, USB3 3000 GB 143.00 115.32 0.04 26.01
Harddisk Western Digital Red 3TB 3000 GB 145.00 116.94 0.04 25.66
Harddisk Western Digital Red 4TB 4000 GB 199.00 160.48 0.04 24.92
Harddisk Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000, 4TB 4000 GB 199.00 160.48 0.04 24.92
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 107.00 86.29 0.04 23.18
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB 4000 GB 264.00 212.90 0.05 18.79
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements Portable 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 137.00 110.48 0.06 18.10
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 139.00 112.10 0.06 17.84
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 70.00 56.45 0.06 17.71
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements Portable 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 83.00 66.94 0.07 14.94
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 84.00 67.74 0.07 14.76
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 105.00 84.68 0.08 11.81
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 238.00 191.94 0.15 6.51
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 42.00 33.87 0.16 6.27
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 96.00 77.42 0.16 6.07
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 10 @ 8,5GB 85 GB 36.00 29.03 0.34 2.93
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 35.00 28.23 0.40 2.48
SSD Samsung SSD 840 Basic, TLC, 500GB 500 GB 333.00 268.55 0.54 1.86
SSD Sandisk Extreme 480GB 480 GB 339.00 273.39 0.57 1.76
SSD Corsair Neutron 256GB 256 GB 207.00 166.94 0.65 1.53
SSD Corsair Force GT 240GB 240 GB 225.00 181.45 0.76 1.32
SSD Corsair Neutron 128GB 128 GB 123.00 99.19 0.77 1.29
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 31.00 25.00 0.78 1.28
SSD Corsair Force GT 120GB 120 GB 128.00 103.23 0.86 1.16
SDXC Sandisk Ultra SDXC, Class 10, 15/30MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 75.00 60.48 0.95 1.06
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 19.00 15.32 0.96 1.04
USB Flash Sandisk Ultra Cruzer BACKUP 64GB 64 GB 77.00 62.10 0.97 1.03
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 15/30MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 41.00 33.06 1.03 0.97
SDXC Sandisk Extreme SDXC, UHS-I, 45MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 208.00 167.74 1.31 0.76
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Blade 8GB 8 GB 13.00 10.48 1.31 0.76
SDXC Sandisk Extreme SDXC, UHS-I, 80/60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 115.00 92.74 1.45 0.69
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 29.00 23.39 1.46 0.68
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 18.00 14.52 1.81 0.55
SDXC Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC, UHS-I, 95/45MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 148.00 119.35 1.86 0.54
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 38.00 30.65 1.92 0.52
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class 10, 90/95MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 78.00 62.90 1.97 0.51
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 10, 30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 21.00 16.94 2.12 0.47
Compact Flash SanDisk Ultra 200x, 16GB 16 GB 50.00 40.32 2.52 0.40
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 200.00 161.29 2.52 0.40
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 27.00 21.77 2.72 0.37
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 55.00 44.35 2.77 0.36
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 112.00 90.32 2.82 0.35
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme 800x, 120MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 457.00 368.55 2.88 0.35
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme 800x, 120MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 230.00 185.48 2.90 0.35
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 365.00 294.35 4.60 0.22
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, 256GB 256 GB 1479.00 1192.74 4.66 0.21
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 191.00 154.03 4.81 0.21
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 48.00 38.71 4.84 0.21
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 98.00 79.03 4.94 0.20
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 786.00 633.87 4.95 0.20
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 102.00 82.26 5.14 0.19

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.240000 CHF.

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The wobbly economy seems to have stalled the improvements in prices seen at the beginning of the year, and certain SSD and memory offerings are now slightly more expensive than in February. Spinning disks have declined a bit, but we will probably have to wait till the end of the year, when the new 5 TB disks come online, to see significant shifts.

On the bright side, 4 TB disks are now really taking off, with the Seagate Barracuda 4 TB now just marginally more expensive than the WD Green 3 TB in terms of bucks per GB. Also interesting, is the WD Red offering, which at only 10 Euros difference to the Green 3 TB counterpart now looks like a very good deal. The difference is the manufacturer warranty at 3 vs. 2/1 years, but also in number of platters, 3 for the former, while Green is still on 4 x 750 GB (as far as I know). Since my old HD is shown critical signs of ageing, I might just pick up one of those.

Finally, I’ve also updated the long term history chart at hblok.net/storage. Again, somewhat sideways movement for some of the items.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 137.00 111.38 0.04 26.93
Harddisk Seagate Barracuda 4TB 4000 GB 185.00 150.41 0.04 26.59
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 3TB, USB3 3000 GB 144.00 117.07 0.04 25.63
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 4TB, USB3 4000 GB 195.00 158.54 0.04 25.23
Harddisk Western Digital Red 3TB 3000 GB 149.00 121.14 0.04 24.77
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 105.00 85.37 0.04 23.43
Harddisk Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000, 4TB 4000 GB 229.00 186.18 0.05 21.48
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 115.00 93.50 0.05 21.39
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB 4000 GB 284.00 230.89 0.06 17.32
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 72.00 58.54 0.06 17.08
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 149.00 121.14 0.06 16.51
Harddisk Western Digital RE 4TB 4000 GB 368.00 299.19 0.07 13.37
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 105.00 85.37 0.09 11.71
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 238.00 193.50 0.15 6.46
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 42.00 34.15 0.16 6.22
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 96.00 78.05 0.17 6.02
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 10 @ 8,5GB 85 GB 36.00 29.27 0.34 2.90
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 35.00 28.46 0.41 2.46
SSD Samsung SSD 840 Basic, TLC, 500GB 500 GB 329.00 267.48 0.53 1.87
SSD Corsair Neutron 256GB 256 GB 212.00 172.36 0.67 1.49
SSD Sandisk Extreme 480GB 480 GB 400.00 325.20 0.68 1.48
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 29.00 23.58 0.74 1.36
SSD Corsair Force GT 240GB 240 GB 224.00 182.11 0.76 1.32
SSD Corsair Neutron 128GB 128 GB 125.00 101.63 0.79 1.26
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 120 GB 119.00 96.75 0.81 1.24
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 240 GB 239.00 194.31 0.81 1.24
SSD OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 128 GB 136.00 110.57 0.86 1.16
SSD Corsair Force GT 120GB 120 GB 131.00 106.50 0.89 1.13
USB Flash Sandisk Ultra Cruzer BACKUP 64GB 64 GB 70.00 56.91 0.89 1.12
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 19.00 15.45 0.97 1.04
SDXC Sandisk Ultra SDXC, Class 10, 15/30MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 78.00 63.41 0.99 1.01
SDXC Sandisk Extreme SDXC, UHS-I, 45MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 168.00 136.59 1.07 0.94
SSD OCZ Agility 3 240GB 240 GB 322.00 261.79 1.09 0.92
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 15/30MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 43.00 34.96 1.09 0.92
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Blade 8GB 8 GB 13.00 10.57 1.32 0.76
SDXC Sandisk Extreme SDXC, UHS-I, 45MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 114.00 92.68 1.45 0.69
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 29.00 23.58 1.47 0.68
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 16.00 13.01 1.63 0.61
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 35.00 28.46 1.78 0.56
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 10, 30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 18.00 14.63 1.83 0.55
SDXC Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC, UHS-I, 95/45MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 148.00 120.33 1.88 0.53
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class 10, 90/95MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 78.00 63.41 1.98 0.50
Compact Flash SanDisk Ultra 200x, 16GB 16 GB 50.00 40.65 2.54 0.39
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 200.00 162.60 2.54 0.39
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 102.00 82.93 2.59 0.39
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 27.00 21.95 2.74 0.36
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 55.00 44.72 2.79 0.36
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 6, 20MB/s, 4GB 4 GB 17.00 13.82 3.46 0.29
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 329.00 267.48 4.18 0.24
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 100MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 659.00 535.77 4.19 0.24
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 174.00 141.46 4.42 0.23
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 89.00 72.36 4.52 0.22
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 47.00 38.21 4.78 0.21
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 103.00 83.74 5.23 0.19

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.230000 CHF.

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5 TB disks are (almost) here – why duopolies are bad for you

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I’m a bit late to the leaked news about the 5 TB Western Digital drives in the beginning of December 2012, however in my defence, I got bored of searching for “4 TB” and “5 TB harddisk” all the time. What’s interesting though, is that according to the leaked documents, 5 TB is nowhere near yet. We’ll have to wait till the end of this year. From the Samsung/Seagate camp I still find nothing.

As mentioned earlier, a 4 TB five platter (5 x 800 GB) was released in the WD enterprise class line, while a 3 TB three platter (3 x 1 TB) came out in the Red series last autumn. This should have made 4 TB four platter and 5 TB five platter disks the next logical conclusion, but for some reason we’ll have to wait another year. With only a single competitor in sight, which doesn’t even have an offering, it is hard to not blame the harddisk duopoly for the lack of progress.

Maybe the most interesting part of this news is that some sites have started to speculate in 1.25 TB platters. That is; would a 5 TB drive use five 1 TB or four 1.25 TB platters. According to xbitlabs, the five platter technology comes from Hitachi, which might explain why we have not seen it in a WD drive before. However, now that they have merged (or acquired), that is a possibility. As far as I can tell, 1.25 TB platters are still under development, but when they come out, the potential is for a 6.25 TB (5 x 1.25) drive. Let’s hope we will not have to wait yet another year for that to happen.

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As Geoff Gasior pointed out in Tech Report last month, 3.5″ HDD prices are still significantly higher than pre-flod last year. Interestingly, some of the 2.5″ drivers are cheaper than last year, while some of the smaller 3.5″ drivers are up to 60% more expensive. Couch critics explain it with lack of demand, and HDD companies still recovering their loses from last year.

Despite this lag in price reductions, or perhaps due to the prevailing high prices of 2TB drives, both the WD Green 3 TB (internal and external) drives are now on top of the list. This is a first, and has been a long time coming. It is not much, but you now get 2.7% more bytes for your Euros on a 3TB drive, compared to 2TB internal.

Also interesting in this round, is that Western Digital has finally gotten around to release a 4 TB drive, more than a year after Hitachi showed off their Deskstar 7K4000 4 TB. What’s surprising about WD’s offering, is that this is, like the Deskstar, a five platter (5 x 800GB) drive. Surprising, since WD is already offering 1 TB platters in their Red line, but with max capacity of 3 TB. As discussed earlier, the 4 and 5 TB 1TB/platter drives are highly overdue. What’s more, WD has chosen to introduce the 4TB drives at the top of the range, in its RE 24/7 support, and Black lines. In terms of speed, it does makes sense use more platters in those high-end drives, however, they might also be less reliable, due to more moving parts. Five years factory warranty on the former line does mean they are serious about quality, though.

Finally, as a first, I have included Sandisk’s line of high-end SDHC cards. This is mostly with Raspberry Pi. It is tested and works on most SD cards, but performance might vary.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 159.00 131.62 0.04 22.79
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 3TB, USB3 3000 GB 159.00 131.62 0.04 22.79
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 109.00 90.23 0.05 22.17
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 135.00 111.75 0.06 17.90
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Black 4TB 4000 GB 322.00 266.56 0.07 15.01
Harddisk Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000, 4TB 4000 GB 329.00 272.35 0.07 14.69
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 84.00 69.54 0.07 14.38
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 179.00 148.18 0.07 13.50
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 105.00 86.92 0.09 11.50
Harddisk Western Digital RE 4TB 4000 GB 449.00 371.69 0.09 10.76
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 500 GB 79.00 65.40 0.13 7.65
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 238.00 197.02 0.16 6.34
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 42.00 34.77 0.16 6.11
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 96.00 79.47 0.17 5.91
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 35.00 28.97 0.41 2.42
SSD OCZ Agility 3 240GB 240 GB 169.00 139.90 0.58 1.72
SSD Corsair Force GT 240GB 240 GB 216.00 178.81 0.75 1.34
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 29.00 24.01 0.75 1.33
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 120 GB 109.00 90.23 0.75 1.33
SSD Corsair Force3 240GB 240 GB 220.00 182.12 0.76 1.32
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 240 GB 229.00 189.57 0.79 1.27
SSD Corsair Force GT 120GB 120 GB 121.00 100.17 0.83 1.20
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 120 GB 122.00 100.99 0.84 1.19
SSD Corsair Force3 120GB 120 GB 126.00 104.30 0.87 1.15
USB Flash Sandisk Ultra Cruzer BACKUP 64GB 64 GB 75.00 62.09 0.97 1.03
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 15/30MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 44.00 36.42 1.14 0.88
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 13.00 10.76 1.35 0.74
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 26.00 21.52 1.35 0.74
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 27.00 22.35 1.40 0.72
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 10, 30MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 32.00 26.49 1.66 0.60
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 10, 30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 19.00 15.73 1.97 0.51
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class 10, 90/95MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 84.00 69.54 2.17 0.46
SDHC Sandisk Ultra, Class 10, 30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 22.00 18.21 2.28 0.44
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 52.00 43.05 2.69 0.37
SDHC Sandisk Extreme Pro, Class UHS-I, 90/95MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 28.00 23.18 2.90 0.35
Compact Flash SanDisk Ultra 200x, 16GB 16 GB 59.00 48.84 3.05 0.33
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 121.00 100.17 3.13 0.32
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 246.00 203.64 3.18 0.31
SDHC Sandisk Extreme, Class 6, 20MB/s, 4GB 4 GB 18.00 14.90 3.73 0.27
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 85.00 70.36 4.40 0.23
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 100MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 819.00 677.98 5.30 0.19
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 433.00 358.44 5.60 0.18
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 218.00 180.46 5.64 0.18
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 55.00 45.53 5.69 0.18
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 131.00 108.44 6.78 0.15

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Writing for Softpedia, Constantin Murariu claimed last week that the “HDD crisis” has been greatly exaggerated by the big manufactures, Seagate and Western Digital. For a fact, they have posted very healthy profits over the last months. Furthermore, there is now a duopoly in the HDD market, after Seagate bought Samsung’s hard drive division in April 2011, and Western Digital bought Hitachi’s HDD division.

Murariu laments that we will never see prices as low as pre-flood, however, that would of course go against more than half a century in improved technology and value for money. After all, storage capacity has seen extreme growth and its own “Moore’s law”, but at a much more rapid phase than the transistor density. We already have Hitachi’s 4 TB Deskstar and Seagate’s 4 TB GoFlex Desk from last year. The later uses 5 platters of 800 GB, but the former is already at 1 TB / platter, which means that a 5 TB disk is already feasible if they wanted to. However, four platters usually makes for more stable and reliable disks, as they have less components, so that’s usually what the follow-up drives are made up from.

Looking at the current prices, they’ve come down a bit since right after the flood, but still have further to go before getting back to June 2011 levels. For example, the external 3 TB WD disk was ~140 Euros last year, went up to 203 Euros, and is now at 165 Euros (but with the faster USB 3 interface), or still 18% higher. Not a disaster for your wallet, but still a bump in the ever decreasing prices per byte.

Other than that, the relative ranking remains the same. The 2 TB disk still gives most bytes for money, optical disks don’t change much at all, SSD is coming down, but is still a lot more expensive than spinning disks, and CompactFlash is the most expensive medium around (but with increasing read/write speeds for ever larger sensors and pictures).

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 125.00 104.05 0.05 19.22
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 199.00 165.64 0.06 18.11
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 3TB, USB3 3000 GB 199.00 165.64 0.06 18.11
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 139.00 115.70 0.06 17.29
Harddisk Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000, 4TB 4000 GB 351.00 292.16 0.07 13.69
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 99.00 82.41 0.08 12.14
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 237.00 197.27 0.10 10.14
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 119.00 99.05 0.10 10.10
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB 1000 GB 124.00 103.21 0.10 9.69
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 500 GB 87.00 72.42 0.14 6.90
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 232.00 193.11 0.15 6.47
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 43.00 35.79 0.17 5.94
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 97.00 80.74 0.17 5.82
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 43.00 35.79 0.51 1.96
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 31.00 25.80 0.81 1.24
SSD Corsair Force3 240GB 240 GB 237.00 197.27 0.82 1.22
USB Flash Sandisk Ultra Cruzer BACKUP 64GB 64 GB 67.00 55.77 0.87 1.15
SSD Corsair Force3 120GB 120 GB 128.00 106.54 0.89 1.13
SSD OCZ Agility 3 240GB 240 GB 269.00 223.91 0.93 1.07
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 120 GB 135.00 112.37 0.94 1.07
SSD Corsair Force GT 240GB 240 GB 270.00 224.74 0.94 1.07
SSD Corsair Force GT 120GB 120 GB 145.00 120.69 1.01 0.99
SSD Intel SSD 330 Series 120GB, SATA-3 120 GB 159.00 132.35 1.10 0.91
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 240 GB 319.00 265.53 1.11 0.90
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 120 GB 169.00 140.67 1.17 0.85
SSD Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB, SATA-3 240 GB 359.00 298.82 1.25 0.80
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB 120 GB 199.00 165.64 1.38 0.72
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB 240 GB 399.00 332.12 1.38 0.72
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 27.00 22.47 1.40 0.71
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 14.00 11.65 1.46 0.69
Compact Flash SanDisk Ultra 200x, 16GB 16 GB 70.00 58.27 3.64 0.27
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 288.00 239.72 3.75 0.27
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 145.00 120.69 3.77 0.27
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 92.00 76.58 4.79 0.21
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 100MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 845.00 703.36 5.49 0.18
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 433.00 360.42 5.63 0.18
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 218.00 181.46 5.67 0.18
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 400x, 60MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 64.00 53.27 6.66 0.15
Compact Flash Sandisk Extreme Pro 600x, 90MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 131.00 109.04 6.82 0.15

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.201378 CHF.

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DRM on harddisk and flash sticks

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CNet is covering a press release from Western Digital which announced a new consortium called Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) to create standards for transferring restricted / locked contented between storage and playback devices. From those two articles, it’s difficult to say what details might be, but the UltraViolet (UV) keyword gives a clue:

“UltraViolet (UV) is a digital rights authentication and cloud-based licensing system that allows consumers [...] to stream and download purchased content to multiple platforms and devices.

UltraViolet content is downloaded (or streamed) in the Common File Format, using the Common Encryption (CENC) system.

However, currently it seems UV is all cloud and streaming based, with no option to transfer locked contented off-line. Enter Western Digital. Presumably, they will provide special hard-drives which can store and restrict the content, and only allow read and copy operations under certain conditions. Possibly using TPM or similar technology, but embedded in the drive itself.

Further down in the Wikipedia article, this bit is interesting, and again, the storage aspect is the noticable missing piece:

“UltraViolet selected five DRM technologies allowing restrictions management on a broad range of devices: televisions, set-top-boxes, DVD & Blu-ray players, games consoles, PC, tablets and smartphones. The selected DRM technologies are:

  • Google Widevine DRM, chosen for its strong position on set-top boxes
  • Marlin DRM, chosen for its compatibility with many Connected TVs
  • OMA CMLA-OMA v2, chosen for its strong position on mobile devices
  • Microsoft PlayReady, chosen for its wide availability on PC and CE devices
  • Adobe Flash Access 2.0, chosen for its wide availability on PC”

It’s also interesting to see the rest of the list of companies supporting this, in the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE LLC) is a consortium. Nothing too surprising there, I guess, except for Tesco. (What will happen if your veggies are digitally restricted?)

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Three Months Into the Thai Floods

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TechSpot is running an article on the prices of harddisks from Newegg three months after the Thai Floods. As expected, prices remain high, with certain manufacturers and disk models hit at different degrees.

Gartner says the worst is yet to come: The hard drive shortage had a limited impact on fourth quarter PC shipments and prices — we checked a few random PCs on Newegg and didn’t see any noticeable effects. However, Gartner warns that the major impact will be felt in the first half of this year and potentially continue through the year.

Also interesting, was this comment on Slashdot. It explains the logistics of the disks and delivery contracts with big system integrators (Dell, Lenovo, etc.). Pointing out that the big buyers were buffered from the initial price spike due to fixed price long term delivery contracts, while the spot market (e.g. Newegg) saw the initial shortage. Now that the bulk buyers get new contracts, they will also see increased prices, but there will be capacity planned in for the spot market as well.

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Fluctuating Storage Prices

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Due to fluctuating exchange rates, and a flood in Thailand, prices on hard drives have changed a lot lately. Western Digital, which is tracked extensively on this list, has been especially hard hit, with factories shutting down. It is most likely a temporary issue, however with some prices going up as much as 80%, it might take at least half a year or more for things to smooth out.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 1500 GB 76.00 61.96 0.04 24.21
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 162.00 132.08 0.04 22.71
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 109.00 88.87 0.04 22.51
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 70.00 57.07 0.06 17.52
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2.5TB 2500 GB 193.00 157.35 0.06 15.89
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB 2000 GB 162.00 132.08 0.07 15.14
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 3TB 3000 GB 249.00 203.01 0.07 14.78
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 1TB 1000 GB 129.00 105.17 0.11 9.51
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 500 GB 75.00 61.15 0.12 8.18
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 1TB 1000 GB 151.00 123.11 0.12 8.12
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 238.00 194.04 0.16 6.44
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 95.00 77.45 0.16 6.07
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 56.00 45.66 0.21 4.65
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 39.00 31.80 0.45 2.20
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 38.00 30.98 0.97 1.03
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 120 GB 165.00 134.52 1.12 0.89
SSD Corsair Force3 120GB 120 GB 165.00 134.52 1.12 0.89
SSD Corsair Force3 240GB 240 GB 333.00 271.50 1.13 0.88
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 128GB (kit) 128 GB 178.00 145.12 1.13 0.88
SSD OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB 120 GB 169.00 137.79 1.15 0.87
SSD OCZ Agility 3 240GB 240 GB 369.00 300.85 1.25 0.80
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 25.00 20.38 1.27 0.78
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 256GB 256 GB 405.00 330.20 1.29 0.78
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 120 GB 209.00 170.40 1.42 0.70
SSD Corsair Force GT 120GB 120 GB 209.00 170.40 1.42 0.70
SSD OCZ Agility 3 60GB 60 GB 109.00 88.87 1.48 0.68
SSD Corsair Force GT 240GB 240 GB 444.00 361.99 1.51 0.66
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 15.00 12.23 1.53 0.65
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 240 GB 459.00 374.22 1.56 0.64
SSD Corsair Force3 60GB 60 GB 117.00 95.39 1.59 0.63
SSD Intel 320 Series 80GB 80 GB 159.00 129.63 1.62 0.62
SSD Corsair Force GT 60GB 60 GB 122.00 99.47 1.66 0.60
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB 240 GB 489.00 398.68 1.66 0.60
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB 120 GB 249.00 203.01 1.69 0.59
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 60 GB 125.00 101.91 1.70 0.59
SSD Kingston SSDnow V+100 Series 64GB 64 GB 139.00 113.33 1.77 0.56
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 480GB 480 GB 1083.00 882.97 1.84 0.54
SSD Intel 510 Series 120GB 120 GB 285.00 232.36 1.94 0.52
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 64GB Extreme Pro 64 GB 467.00 380.75 5.95 0.17
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 32GB Extreme Pro 32 GB 239.00 194.86 6.09 0.16
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 16GB Extreme Pro 16 GB 140.00 114.14 7.13 0.14

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.226539 CHF.

Storage Prices

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Some minor updates since last time. All the Corsair disks are new, and there are also many new OCZ drives, as discussed in details a few days ago. However, the biggest mover this time is not hardware, but rather the Swiss Franc / Euro exchange rate.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 75.00 64.94 0.03 30.80
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 1500 GB 64.00 55.42 0.04 27.07
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2.5TB 2500 GB 108.00 93.52 0.04 26.73
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB 2000 GB 90.00 77.93 0.04 25.66
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 3TB 3000 GB 162.00 140.28 0.05 21.39
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 165.00 142.88 0.05 21.00
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 58.00 50.22 0.05 19.91
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 1TB 1000 GB 69.00 59.75 0.06 16.74
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 500 GB 47.00 40.70 0.08 12.29
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 1TB 1000 GB 105.00 90.92 0.09 11.00
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 500GB 500 GB 73.00 63.21 0.13 7.91
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 248.00 214.75 0.17 5.82
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 95.00 82.26 0.18 5.71
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R 25 @ 25GB 625 GB 136.00 117.77 0.19 5.31
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 57.00 49.36 0.23 4.31
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 34.00 29.44 0.42 2.38
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 128GB (kit) 128 GB 192.00 166.26 1.30 0.77
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 256GB 256 GB 384.00 332.52 1.30 0.77
SSD OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB 120 GB 199.00 172.32 1.44 0.70
SSD Corsair Force3 120GB 120 GB 199.00 172.32 1.44 0.70
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 29.00 25.11 1.57 0.64
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 59.00 51.09 1.60 0.63
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 120 GB 222.00 192.24 1.60 0.62
SSD OCZ Agility 3 240GB 240 GB 449.00 388.80 1.62 0.62
SSD Corsair Force3 60GB 60 GB 119.00 103.05 1.72 0.58
SSD Corsair Force3 240GB 240 GB 489.00 423.44 1.76 0.57
SSD Kingston SSDnow V+100 Series 64GB 64 GB 132.00 114.30 1.79 0.56
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 120 GB 249.00 215.62 1.80 0.56
SSD Intel 320 Series 80GB 80 GB 169.00 146.34 1.83 0.55
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 17.00 14.72 1.84 0.54
SSD OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 60GB, 60 GB 129.00 111.71 1.86 0.54
SSD OCZ Agility 3 60GB 60 GB 129.00 111.71 1.86 0.54
SSD Corsair Force GT 240GB 240 GB 518.00 448.55 1.87 0.54
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 240 GB 529.00 458.08 1.91 0.52
SSD Intel 510 Series 120GB 120 GB 269.00 232.94 1.94 0.52
SSD Corsair Force GT 120GB 120 GB 279.00 241.59 2.01 0.50
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 60 GB 143.00 123.83 2.06 0.48
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB 240 GB 579.00 501.37 2.09 0.48
SSD Corsair Force GT 60GB 60 GB 149.00 129.02 2.15 0.47
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB 120 GB 299.00 258.91 2.16 0.46
SSD Kingston SSDnow V Series 30GB 30 GB 81.00 70.14 2.34 0.43
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 480GB 480 GB 1489.00 1289.37 2.69 0.37
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 32GB Extreme 32 GB 174.00 150.67 4.71 0.21
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 16GB Extreme 16 GB 110.00 95.25 5.95 0.17
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 64GB Extreme Pro 64 GB 549.00 475.40 7.43 0.13

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.154825 CHF.

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It’s only about two months since the last update on storage prices, so not much has happened. The different SSD offerings are difficult to track, though. Anandtech laments how Kingston has a confusing SSD lineup, with six different parallel models. However, the other manufactures are not easy to follow either.

This update adds more of the smaller SSD. I might get a 60 GB one before the 128 GB ones come down below a reasonable level.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 92.00 70.04 0.04 28.55
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 1500 GB 74.00 56.34 0.04 26.62
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB 2000 GB 99.00 75.37 0.04 26.54
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 3TB 3000 GB 169.00 128.66 0.04 23.32
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 62.00 47.20 0.05 21.19
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 199.00 151.50 0.05 19.80
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2.5TB 2500 GB 174.00 132.47 0.05 18.87
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 1TB 1000 GB 77.00 58.62 0.06 17.06
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 500 GB 49.00 37.31 0.07 13.40
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 1TB 1000 GB 109.00 82.98 0.08 12.05
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 500GB 500 GB 70.00 53.29 0.11 9.38
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 91.00 69.28 0.15 6.78
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB(*) 1250 GB 248.00 188.81 0.15 6.62
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R 25 @ 25GB 625 GB 136.00 103.54 0.17 6.04
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 54.00 41.11 0.19 5.17
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 29.00 22.08 0.32 3.17
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 29.00 22.08 1.38 0.72
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 128GB (kit) 128 GB 235.00 178.91 1.40 0.72
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 59.00 44.92 1.40 0.71
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 256GB 256 GB 473.00 360.11 1.41 0.71
SSD OCZ SSD Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB 120 GB 229.00 174.34 1.45 0.69
SSD Corsair Force F120 120GB 120 GB 239.00 181.96 1.52 0.66
USB Flash Sandisk Ultra Cruzer BACKUP 64GB 64 GB 135.00 102.78 1.61 0.62
SSD OCZ SSD Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 60GB, 60 GB 129.00 98.21 1.64 0.61
SSD Intel 320 Series 80GB 80 GB 178.00 135.52 1.69 0.59
SSD Corsair Force F60 60GB 60 GB 139.00 105.82 1.76 0.57
SSD Kingston SSDnow V+100 Series 64GB 64 GB 154.00 117.24 1.83 0.55
SSD Intel 510 Series 120GB 120 GB 299.00 227.64 1.90 0.53
SSD Corsair Force F180 180GB 180 GB 468.00 356.30 1.98 0.51
USB Flash Kingston DataTraveler 310 256GB 256 GB 726.00 552.72 2.16 0.46
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 23.00 17.51 2.19 0.46
SSD Kingston SSDnow V Series 30GB 30 GB 89.00 67.76 2.26 0.44
SSD Corsair Force F40 40GB 40 GB 126.00 95.93 2.40 0.42
SSD Corsair P256 SSD MLC, 256GB 256 GB 844.00 642.56 2.51 0.40
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 32GB Extreme 32 GB 215.00 163.69 5.12 0.20
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 16GB Extreme 16 GB 119.00 90.60 5.66 0.18
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 64GB Extreme Pro(*) 64 GB 597.00 454.51 7.10 0.14

*) This offerings are no longer available from Digitec. To be removed from the list in the next round.

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.313495 CHF.

Storage Prices

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2011 seems to be the year storage prices stopped making sense. At least if only looking from a price / capacity point. You can now get an internal 1 TB disk for 61 Euros. However, add only 8 Euros (or +11.5%) and the capacity increases to 1.5 TB (or 50% more). Doubling the capacity to 2 TB costs only 16 Euros more (76 Euros or +25%). This is the cheapest drive though, in terms of Euros / GB. To go to 3 GB, you’ll have to pay 183 Euros. The strange thing is, that the external Western Digital My Book Essential Edition, 3TB, USB 3.0/2.0 is cheaper, at 147 Euros.

Some of this can be explained when looking closer. At 61 Euros for 1 TB, it seems WD has hit the bottom of what it costs to produce such a huge drive. The very bottom is at 38 Euros for the 500 GB drive. Furthermore, as Anand explains, the low power WD drives typically use four platters. It means that a 2 TB drive has 4 x 500 GB platters. To reach 3 TB, WD has increased the density to 750 GB per platter. And obviously, since this is still new technology it costs more. However, why the external version is significantly cheaper is still a mystery.

Still on the magnetic media, I’ve included two external 2.5 drives this time. The advantage with these is that they are USB powered, and thus very easy to transport. Why they 500 GB and 640 GB cost the same, I don’t know. At only 53 Euros, the 640 GB version makes it below 0.10 Euro / GB, which is still not bad.

The optical media have not changed at all since October last year. While the SSD is difficult to track, so I’ve added some more options. Also new this time are a few USB sticks.

Finally, I’d like to come back to the 2 TB drive at only 76.38 Euros. That means every Euro gives you 26.18 GB. In January three years ago, the cheapest drive was the WD 750 GB, at 249 Euros, or only 3.86 GB / Euro. In other words, in January 2011, you get almost seven times more capacity for the same money.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB 2000 GB 98.00 76.38 0.04 26.18
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 99.00 77.16 0.04 25.92
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 1500 GB 88.00 68.59 0.05 21.87
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 3TB 3000 GB 189.00 147.31 0.05 20.36
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 65.00 50.66 0.05 19.74
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 235.00 183.17 0.06 16.38
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 1TB 1000 GB 79.00 61.57 0.06 16.24
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2.5TB 2500 GB 209.00 162.90 0.07 15.35
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 500 GB 49.00 38.19 0.08 13.09
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 640GB 640 GB 69.00 53.78 0.08 11.90
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 1TB 1000 GB 109.00 84.96 0.08 11.77
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 500GB 500 GB 69.00 53.78 0.11 9.30
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 91.00 70.93 0.15 6.63
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 251.00 195.64 0.16 6.39
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R 25 @ 25GB 625 GB 136.00 106.00 0.17 5.90
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 53.00 41.31 0.19 5.14
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 30.00 23.38 0.33 2.99
SSD OCZ SSD Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB 120 GB 239.00 186.28 1.55 0.64
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 256GB 256 GB 529.00 412.32 1.61 0.62
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 68.00 53.00 1.66 0.60
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 35.00 27.28 1.71 0.59
SSD OCZ SSD Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 60GB, 60 GB 139.00 108.34 1.81 0.55
SSD Corsair Force F180 180GB 180 GB 437.00 340.61 1.89 0.53
USB Flash Sandisk Ultra Cruzer BACKUP 64GB 64 GB 167.00 130.16 2.03 0.49
SSD Intel X25-M G2 160GB 160 GB 421.00 328.14 2.05 0.49
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 22.00 17.15 2.14 0.47
USB Flash Kingston DataTraveler 310 256GB 256 GB 710.00 553.40 2.16 0.46
SSD Corsair P256 SSD MLC, 256GB 256 GB 844.00 657.84 2.57 0.39
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 32GB Extreme 32 GB 208.00 162.12 5.07 0.20
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 16GB Extreme 16 GB 123.00 95.87 5.99 0.17
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 64GB Extreme Pro 64 GB 698.00 544.04 8.50 0.12

Exchange rate: 1 CHF = 1.282989 Euros.

3 TB disks are here

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Western Digital just announced their new additions to the Green Series: 2.5 and 3 TB disks. Here’s the WD Caviar Green, 3 TB, SATA 3 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache.

The price for the 3 TB disk might start at 220 Euros. That is about 7 cents per GB, or 13.6 GB per Euro. Compared to 4 cents / GB for the Green 2 TB, it is still not on top of the list, but will probably be there within a year.

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Storage History

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As a follow up to the storage prices I just posted, here are some interesting history. Ivan Smith has collected a long list of prices, going as far back as 1956, and including every major disk since then. While at Wikipedia, there’s an interesting article about general history of hard disks. Finally, Techxilla has some old and funny ads.

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Storage Prices

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About two and half years ago, I collected the prices of various storage media, and calculated the cost per GB. Since then, there have been big movements, and as expected the storage continue to get cheaper and cheaper. With the 2 GB disks, the price is 4 Euro cents per GB.

Optical storage also gets cheaper, and in recent years bigger spindles of Blu-ray disk have been made available. They are still beaten by DVD-R, however the margin is no longer significant. Two years ago, it was three times more expensive to store on Blu-ray than DVD-R. Also interesting is the DVD DL 8.5 GB prices. They are now almost as expensive to use as DVD 4.7 GB. That might be interesting for backing up bigger files.

New to the list is the Solid State Disks. At 40x Euros / GB, they are still very expensive compared to spinning disks, but given some time, maybe it might drop. However, looking at the professional CF Cards, it does not look promising for solid state. Although the get faster and bigger, high end Sandisk CF cards have not move significantly in terms Euro / GB. Of course, there are slower chips which are cheaper, but you might not want that technology in your SSD.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 1500 GB 89.00 66.41 0.04 22.59
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 119.00 88.80 0.04 22.52
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 73.00 54.47 0.05 18.36
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB 1000 GB 99.00 73.87 0.07 13.54
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar GP 750GB 750 GB 91.00 67.90 0.09 11.05
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar GP 500GB 500 GB 73.00 54.47 0.11 9.18
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 100.00 74.62 0.16 6.30
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 280.00 208.93 0.17 5.98
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R 25 @ 25GB 625 GB 146.00 108.94 0.17 5.74
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 55.00 41.04 0.19 5.18
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 31.00 23.13 0.33 3.03
SSD Corsair P256 SSD MLC, 256GB 256 GB 558.00 416.38 1.63 0.61
SSD Intel X25-M G2 160GB 160 GB 449.00 335.04 2.09 0.48
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 32GB Extreme 32 GB 215.00 160.43 5.01 0.20
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 16GB Extreme 16 GB 119.00 88.80 5.55 0.18
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 64GB Extreme Pro 64 GB 665.00 496.22 7.75 0.13
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 4GB Extreme III 4 GB 70.00 52.23 13.06 0.08

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