Although the prices on medium sized, 3 to 4 TB, spinnings disks remain about constant since the beginning of the year, a new drive has jumped right to the top of the list this time: The Seagate ARCHIVE HDD 8TB at 260 Euro or 0.03 GB Euro per GB (30.6 GB per Euro). This drive is not for everybody, though. It’s using Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) in “drive managed” mode, which means it’s a write-a-few-times / read-many drive. Or in other words, well suited for a large movie collection or as its name suggest large backups in single disk mode. It is specifically not designed for RAID mode. This review goes into further details. What’s interesting, is that it’s a 6 platter (1.33 TB platters) drive, without any other special hacks to make that work. If the same disk goes to 10 TB by next year as hinted earlier, it will mean 1.67 TB platters.

Contrast that to the Hitachi HGST Ultrastar Helium 8 TB drive at the opposite end of the HDD price spectrum. At 800 Euros, it’s more than three times more expensive than the Seagate 8 TB drive. The HGST uses helium to pack 7 platters into one drive, and needs a special seal to keep the light helium gas inside. It’s still an unproven technology, and only time will tell if it really works. Given the very high price over even 6 TB “normal” drives, it’s unclear which market segment would bet on this drive. Maybe it’s still priced at “early adopters” premium.

In the SSD section, Samsung has moved to the 850 series in both EVO Basic and Pro lines. Crucial has launched new BX100 and MX200 MLC lines. The new BX100 line gets overall good review in this Anandtech article. Prices have not changed significantly, and the larger drives still give the most bytes per coin. The 500 GB drives are now excellent laptop upgrades if you’re still on spinning disks.

Finally, on flash cards I’ve also added micro SD, and a good selection of alternative SanDisk SD cards. Except for size, the distinguishing factor on these cards is read and write speed. This SanDisk article explains the Class and UHS ratings. It’s nice to see that the cards it makes most sense to buy for the average consumer are also towards the top: For your phone (if it has a memory slot) a 64 GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC Class 10, 48MB/s at 43 Euro should be a good investment. While for your mid-range DSLR a 64 GB Sandisk Extreme SDXC, Class 10/UHS 3, 40/60MB/s at 50 Euros will give lots of space and good burst rate even with raw files.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
HDD Seagate ARCHIVE HDD 8TB 8000 GB 272.00 261.54 0.03 30.59
HDD Western Digital Green 3TB 3000 GB 107.00 102.88 0.03 29.16
HDD Western Digital Green 4TB 4000 GB 148.00 142.31 0.04 28.11
HDD Seagate Desktop 4TB 4000 GB 149.00 143.27 0.04 27.92
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 4TB, USB3 4000 GB 150.00 144.23 0.04 27.73
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book 4TB, USB3 4000 GB 157.00 150.96 0.04 26.50
HDD Western Digital Purple 3TB 3000 GB 118.00 113.46 0.04 26.44
HDD Western Digital Green 6TB 6000 GB 237.00 227.88 0.04 26.33
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 3TB, USB3 3000 GB 119.00 114.42 0.04 26.22
HDD Western Digital Red 3TB 3000 GB 120.00 115.38 0.04 26.00
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book 3TB, USB3 3000 GB 126.00 121.15 0.04 24.76
HDD Western Digital Red 4TB 4000 GB 169.00 162.50 0.04 24.62
HDD Western Digital Purple 4TB 4000 GB 169.00 162.50 0.04 24.62
HDD Western Digital Green 2TB 2000 GB 84.70 81.44 0.04 24.56
HDD Western Digital Red 6TB 6000 GB 259.00 249.04 0.04 24.09
HDD Western Digital Red 5TB 5000 GB 216.00 207.69 0.04 24.07
HDD Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000, 4TB 4000 GB 175.00 168.27 0.04 23.77
External 3.5 Western Digital My Book 6TB, USB3 6000 GB 282.00 271.15 0.05 22.13
HDD Western Digital Purple 2TB 2000 GB 95.30 91.63 0.05 21.83
HDD Western Digital Red 2TB 2000 GB 98.00 94.23 0.05 21.22
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements Portable 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 99.00 95.19 0.05 21.01
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB, USB3 2000 GB 107.00 102.88 0.05 19.44
HDD Western Digital Green 1TB 1000 GB 57.50 55.29 0.06 18.09
HDD Western Digital Purple 1TB 1000 GB 66.30 63.75 0.06 15.69
HDD Western Digital Red 1TB 1000 GB 68.00 65.38 0.07 15.29
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements Portable 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 69.00 66.35 0.07 15.07
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 10 @ 25GB 250 GB 18.00 17.31 0.07 14.44
External 2.5 Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB, USB3 1000 GB 73.40 70.58 0.07 14.17
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 34.70 33.37 0.07 14.09
HDD Hitachi Ultrastar He6 6TB 6000 GB 476.00 457.69 0.08 13.11
HDD Hitachi Ultrastar He8 8TB 8000 GB 803.00 772.12 0.10 10.36
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R DL 10 @ 50GB 500 GB 52.00 50.00 0.10 10.00
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 37.30 35.87 0.17 5.92
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 50 @ 8,5GB 425 GB 80.10 77.02 0.18 5.52
SSD Crucial BX100 SSD, MLC, 1000GB 1000 GB 349.00 335.58 0.34 2.98
SSD Crucial BX100 SSD, MLC, 250GB 250 GB 89.70 86.25 0.34 2.90
SSD Samsung SSD 850 EVO Basic, TLC, 1TB 1000 GB 369.00 354.81 0.35 2.82
SSD Crucial MX200 SSD, MLC, 1000GB 1000 GB 372.00 357.69 0.36 2.80
SSD Samsung SSD 850 EVO Basic, TLC, 500GB 500 GB 189.00 181.73 0.36 2.75
SSD Crucial BX100 SSD, MLC, 500GB 500 GB 190.00 182.69 0.37 2.74
SSD Crucial MX200 SSD, MLC, 500GB 500 GB 192.00 184.62 0.37 2.71
SSD Crucial MX200 SSD, MLC, 250GB 250 GB 104.00 100.00 0.40 2.50
SSD Crucial MX100 SSD, MLC, 256GB 256 GB 113.00 108.65 0.42 2.36
SSD Samsung SSD 850 EVO Basic, TLC, 250GB 250 GB 116.00 111.54 0.45 2.24
SSD Samsung SSD 850 Pro, MLC, 1024GB 1024 GB 495.00 475.96 0.46 2.15
USB Flash SanDisk Cruzer Edge Flash Drive 64GB 64 GB 31.50 30.29 0.47 2.11
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 36.00 34.62 0.49 2.02
SSD Samsung SSD 850 Pro, MLC, 512GB 512 GB 267.00 256.73 0.50 1.99
SSD Samsung SSD 850 Pro, MLC, 256GB 256 GB 145.00 139.42 0.54 1.84
SDXC SanDisk Ultra SDXC, Class 10, 40MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 37.00 35.58 0.56 1.80
USB Flash SanDisk Cruzer Edge Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 19.20 18.46 0.58 1.73
SSD Samsung SSD 850 EVO Basic, TLC, 120GB 120 GB 72.50 69.71 0.58 1.72
microSDXC SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Android, Class 10, 48MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 45.00 43.27 0.68 1.48
SDHC SanDisk Ultra SDHC, Class 10, 40MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 22.50 21.63 0.68 1.48
microSDXC SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Android 48MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 93.00 89.42 0.70 1.43
SSD Samsung SSD 850 Pro, MLC, 128GB 128 GB 93.70 90.10 0.70 1.42
SDXC SanDisk Extreme SDXC, Class 10/UHS 3, 40/60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 51.60 49.62 0.78 1.29
USB Flash SanDisk Extreme Pro, USB 3.0, 128GB 128 GB 105.00 100.96 0.79 1.27
microSDXC SanDisk Extreme microSDXC, Class 10 40/60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 52.60 50.58 0.79 1.27
SDXC SanDisk Ultra SDXC, Class 10, 40MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 108.00 103.85 0.81 1.23
SDXC SanDisk Extreme SDXC, Class 10/UHS 3, 40/60MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 111.00 106.73 0.83 1.20
USB Flash SanDisk Cruzer Edge Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 15.00 14.42 0.90 1.11
SDHC SanDisk Extreme SDHC, Class 10/UHS 3, 40/60MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 30.20 29.04 0.91 1.10
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Plus SDXC, Class 10/UHS 1, 80/60MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 122.00 117.31 0.92 1.09
SDHC SanDisk Ultra SDHC, Class 10, 40MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 15.40 14.81 0.93 1.08
microSDHC SanDisk Ultra microSDHC Android, Class 10, 48MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 30.90 29.71 0.93 1.08
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I, Class 10/UHS 3, 95/90MB/s, 256GB 256 GB 258.00 248.08 0.97 1.03
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I, Class 10/UHS 3, 95/90MB/s, 512GB 512 GB 525.00 504.81 0.99 1.01
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I, Class 10/UHS 3, 95/90MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 135.00 129.81 1.01 0.99
microSDXC SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDXC, Class 10, 90/95MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 70.90 68.17 1.07 0.94
microSDXC SanDisk Extreme Plus microSDXC, Class UHS-I/10, 50/80MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 79.00 75.96 1.19 0.84
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Plus SDXC, Class 10/UHS 1, 80/60MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 79.00 75.96 1.19 0.84
SDHC SanDisk Extreme SDHC, Class 10/UHS 3, 40/60MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 21.00 20.19 1.26 0.79
USB Flash SanDisk Cruzer Edge Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 10.50 10.10 1.26 0.79
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I, Class 10/UHS 1, 95/90MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 93.00 89.42 1.40 0.72
microSDXC SanDisk Ultra Premium microSDXC 90MB/s, 200GB 200 GB 299.00 287.50 1.44 0.70
SDHC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I, Class 10/UHS 1, 95/90MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 48.70 46.83 1.46 0.68
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 120MB/s, 128GB 128 GB 199.00 191.35 1.49 0.67
SDHC SanDisk Extreme Plus SDHC, Class 10/UHS 1, 80/60MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 51.10 49.13 1.54 0.65
microSDHC SanDisk Extreme Plus microSDHC, Class 10, 50/80MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 51.40 49.42 1.54 0.65
SDHC SanDisk Extreme HD Video SDHC, Class 6, 20MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 15.80 15.19 1.90 0.53
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 120MB/s, UDMA 7, 64GB 64 GB 127.00 122.12 1.91 0.52
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, UDMA 7, 256GB 256 GB 535.00 514.42 2.01 0.50
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-II, UHS 3, 280/250MB/s, 64GB 64 GB 145.00 139.42 2.18 0.46
SDHC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I, Class 10/UHS 1, 95/90MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 37.30 35.87 2.24 0.45
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, UDMA 7, 32GB 32 GB 78.10 75.10 2.35 0.43
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 120MB/s, UDMA 7, 32GB 32 GB 79.00 75.96 2.37 0.42
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, UDMA 7, 64GB 64 GB 160.00 153.85 2.40 0.42
SDHC SanDisk Extreme Plus SDHC, Class 10/UHS 1, 80/60MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 40.70 39.13 2.45 0.41
SDXC SanDisk Extreme Plus SDXC, Class 10/UHS 1, 80/30MB/s, 8GB 8 GB 22.90 22.02 2.75 0.36
SDHC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-II, UHS 3, 280/250MB/s, 32GB 32 GB 93.00 89.42 2.79 0.36
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme 120MB/s, UDMA 7, 16GB 16 GB 50.70 48.75 3.05 0.33
Compact Flash SanDisk Extreme Pro 160MB/s, UDMA 7, 128GB 128 GB 408.00 392.31 3.06 0.33
SDHC SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-II, UHS 3, 280/250MB/s, 16GB 16 GB 63.80 61.35 3.83 0.26

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