Hard drives now more expensive than SSDs?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by daro2096, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. daro2096

    daro2096 Limp Gawd

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    Why are HDDs now more expensive than SSDs?

    I can buy a OCZ Vertex R2 60gb SSD for £34.99 while a 1tb HDD is £69.99.

    Is it the same where you live?
     
  2. pettakos

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    60GB compared to 1TB that is app. 1/17th the capacity of the HDD.
    Thereby, a fundamental scientific principle, is that we never compare apples to oranges.
     
  3. DraginDime

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    SSD prices have been dropping a lot over the past few months, but they are still pretty far from the price per GB of mechanical drives.
    If you're wanting to compare the SSD vs HDD I'd use drives similar in size.
    After a quick search on NE

    250GB HDD - $59.99 ($0.24 per GB)
    240GB SSD - $154.99 ($0.65 per GB)

    The reliability of the SSD still have some proving to do for me. I've not had any issues with mine yet, but I've read many stories of people who have.
     
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    About thread title: No.
    And above all life time of SSD is limited.
     
  5. drescherjm

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    Agreed. It will be years before SSDs become cheaper than hard drives.

    But still longer than a hard drive so I do not think it is a big deal. Rememember all drives will fail over time. The expected life for a desktop hard drive is about 5 years with an SSD haveing a longer expected life.
     
  6. daro2096

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    No, you all are missing the point. I was going to buy a 1tb hard drive for my new setup but hard drives here in the UK have gone up in price lately. I discovered I could buy a 60gb SSD for less than a HDD here and I was short on money.
     
  7. drescherjm

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    But a 60GB SSD is very small. Almost unusable as an OS drive in a windows system.
     
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    i could buy a brand spankin-new Nissan 370Z for somewhere between $33k - $43k, or i could buy a Boeing 747 for multiple millions of dollars....what gives? :confused:

    ;)
     
  9. daro2096

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    I have about 25gb free after installing Windows 7 64bit and a few apps. For storage and programmes I am using an old 1tb drive I had lieing around.

    So it is possible. But even a 120gb SSD is cheaper than the cheapest HDD here in the UK.
     
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    Price per gigabyte is still higher on SSDs compared to HDDs, as others have pointed out.

    If you do go with a 60 or 120GB SSD, think hard about what exactly you'll be putting on the drive. You may need to buy a higher-capacity HDD along with it.
     
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    Glad this setup is working for you. But you're method of thinking about SSD Vs HDD is incredibly flawed.
     
  12. Squanks

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    If you're fine with the performance of your 1tb mechanical drive, more power to you. SSDs are more expensive per gigabyte of storage but they offer an outrageous performance increase.

    My OCZ SSD is still about 5x faster than my HDD storage drive and my Samsung 830 SSD is twice as fast as my OCZ drive. I couldnt imagine going back to gaming on a conventional hard drive. If I want a program to perform better, you can be sure it's going to be installed on a SSD.
     
  13. omniscence

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    SSDs of this size may be okay for home use, but if you use any amount of larger software packages, this will not work. My laptop's SSD is a 160 GB model, 90% filled and not all software I use regularly is installed. 160 GB would never work for my office PC.
     
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    Even this is an unfair comparison as HDDs have a much higher minimum cost than SSDs do. HDDs have a larger enclosure that has to be more rugged, high precision motors, high precision actuator, controller board, and the fact that the whole thing has to be assembled in a clean room, while an SSD just needs a controller board and a much flimsier case.

    Case in point that $59.99 (at newegg) price range also includes 320GB and 500GB drives (i.e. a HDD costs around $60 regardless of platter size), and you can get 1TB starting at $69.99. SSDs have a much more linear pricing structure as the base mandatory components are far cheaper than their HDD brethren
     
  15. Monkey God

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    Apparently the prices of common sense have gone up too.
     
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    Well, comparing OCZ to anything thats new is like comparing rancid anchovies to a fresh delicious burger from Fat Burger.
     
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    ITT: OP can't tell the difference between "gee-bees" and "tee-bees", and which of the two is bigger.
     
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    Comparing it to OCZ is an insult to rancid anchovies!
     
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    U cant compare a 60 GB drive to a 1TB drive and say it is cheaper.

    The math would work out like this ....
    34.99 divided by 60GB = 0.58 cents or whatever Europeans use for change per GB
    69.99 divided by 1000GB = 0.06 cents per GB
    So you are dead wrong. SSD is in no way cheaper than hard drive.

    Actually a Boeing 747 weighs in at $198-227,000,000 USD brand new depending on package. So yeah OP you are right SSDs are cheaper than hard drives lmao.....
     
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  20. daro2096

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    I ordered a HDD by mail order which got delayed in the post. So I was desperate to buy a hard drive to build a computer(I was sick of waiting, it was Friday and I didn't want to wait until Monday for the Postal Service to get their fingers out of their arse) so I went and looked on PC World's website for hard drives and was shocked to see that 1TB drives had gone up from £48 to £70 in the space of a year, even 500gb was over £50(used to be £35) so was surprised to see that a 60gb SSD was on sale for just £34.99 so I snapped one up.

    I am well aware of the differences between gb and tb, gushpinbob. And yes I know ssd is more expensive than hdd for per gb. 60gb for the sdd is 58p per gb. 1tb for the hdd at current price is 14.29p(that is 14 pence and a 3rd). I was short on cash and the ssd was on sale.