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25 3.5-inch hard disk round-up: battle of the terabytes

Which hard disk is the best choice?

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Introduction

SSDs are of course the hippest and fastest form of storage, but if you want lots of storage capacity without breaking the bank, you're still relegated to the familiar realm of the hard disk. There's still some choice out there in this category, and price are slowly creeping down even if they haven't reached the level of October, 2011 again. Hardware.Info tested and compared 25 hard disks ranging in capacity from 250 GB to 4 TB.


It's a question that keeps coming back, "when will hard disk become affordable again?" Hardware enthusiasts think back with melancholy to September, 2011, when you for £30 could buy a 1 TB hard disk. Then the heavy floods took place in Thailand, where many hard disk factories were located at the time. Prices of hard disks tripled in a matter of weeks, which affected the entire computer industry for many months to come. A year later the prices have finally started to come down again, but it seems unlikely they will reach pre-flood levels again.

A Western Digital Black 1 TB costs about £60 in September, 2011, and now the average price is £85. The most popular hard disk of last year, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, back then cost £44, but now costs £57.


Case in point: the price trend of the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB


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