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Feb 21, 2021 07:31:02   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Prices for hard drives and SSDs have always been dropping, so that's nothing new. What I find interesting is the price difference between an HDD and an SSD. For about $60, I can get a 2TB HDD or a 500GB SSD. Consider the construction of each. That hard drive has lots of hardware - platters, magnets, wiring, circuit boards, etc. The SSD has nothing but a couple of circuit boards. I wonder how much of the price difference is because of demand for the SSD.

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Feb 21, 2021 07:58:53   #
Don, the 2nd son Loc: Crowded Florida
 
HUGE!

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Feb 21, 2021 08:04:28   #
ecobin Loc: Paoli, PA
 
I bought a Seagate portable 5TB SSD from Costco when it was on sale for $89. I've been using it several times a week to store my photos and rename my older ones (I'm doing a full cleanup of all photos - may take the rest of my life). It's very fast, no sound or heat and works via the computer USB 3 (no AC). That's real cheap and I believe it's quality. Subsequently I bought 3 more from Costco (for my wife and each daughter) - everyone loves it and replaced their mechanical backups with this.

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Feb 21, 2021 09:25:37   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
ecobin wrote:
I bought a Seagate portable 5TB SSD from Costco when it was on sale for $89. I've been using it several times a week to store my photos and rename my older ones (I'm doing a full cleanup of all photos - may take the rest of my life). It's very fast, no sound or heat and works via the computer USB 3 (no AC). That's real cheap and I believe it's quality. Subsequently I bought 3 more from Costco (for my wife and each daughter) - everyone loves it and replaced their mechanical backups with this.


That's a heck of a deal! You didn't pick up one for me did you?

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Feb 21, 2021 10:19:19   #
f8lee Loc: New Mexico
 
ecobin wrote:
I bought a Seagate portable 5TB SSD from Costco when it was on sale for $89. I've been using it several times a week to store my photos and rename my older ones (I'm doing a full cleanup of all photos - may take the rest of my life). It's very fast, no sound or heat and works via the computer USB 3 (no AC). That's real cheap and I believe it's quality. Subsequently I bought 3 more from Costco (for my wife and each daughter) - everyone loves it and replaced their mechanical backups with this.


What you bought is not a Solid State Drive (SSD) but rather a spinning platter Hard Disk Drive (HDD). So your comment has absolutely nothing to do with Jerry's original post.

In point of fact, nobody offers a 5TB SSD today, at least not a the consumer level.

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Feb 22, 2021 06:26:32   #
OnDSnap Loc: NE New Jersey
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Prices for hard drives and SSDs have always been dropping, so that's nothing new. What I find interesting is the price difference between an HDD and an SSD. For about $60, I can get a 2TB HDD or a 500GB SSD. Consider the construction of each. That hard drive has lots of hardware - platters, magnets, wiring, circuit boards, etc. The SSD has nothing but a couple of circuit boards. I wonder how much of the price difference is because of demand for the SSD.


More Gold

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Feb 22, 2021 07:41:05   #
HOHIMER
 
ecobin wrote:
I bought a Seagate portable 5TB SSD from Costco when it was on sale for $89. I've been using it several times a week to store my photos and rename my older ones (I'm doing a full cleanup of all photos - may take the rest of my life). It's very fast, no sound or heat and works via the computer USB 3 (no AC). That's real cheap and I believe it's quality. Subsequently I bought 3 more from Costco (for my wife and each daughter) - everyone loves it and replaced their mechanical backups with this.


Can you provide a link to this drive?

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Feb 22, 2021 08:02:51   #
Canisdirus
 
I think he bought a hybrid drive...SSD on a small cache portion with storage on a HDD.
SSD will be in big letters on the box (of course) or labeled SSHD

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Feb 22, 2021 08:04:17   #
jbk224 Loc: Long Island, NY
 
HOHIMER wrote:
Can you provide a link to this drive?


👍👍

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Feb 22, 2021 09:06:36   #
Picture Taker Loc: Michigan Thumb
 
It's new technology vs old. Make money when they can.

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Feb 22, 2021 09:30:46   #
wireloose
 
The wafer fab to build those few ICs on the circuit board costs $3-4 billion and the technology needs constant updating even if Moore’s law is no longer quite true..thousands of engineers working on IC design and prototyping..against an old design that’s being churned out in the millions at a factory that has been doing much the same thing for a couple of decades. It only looks simple.

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Feb 22, 2021 09:32:00   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
Retired CPO wrote:
That's a heck of a deal! You didn't pick up one for me did you?


me too?

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Feb 22, 2021 10:27:31   #
Brian S. Loc: Oak Park, MI
 
ecobin wrote:
I bought a Seagate portable 5TB SSD from Costco when it was on sale for $89.



Please furnish a photo of the drive and the exact Model Number. Also the physical size of the unit, High x Wide X Deep.

Thank you very much.

Brian

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Feb 22, 2021 10:27:55   #
BurghByrd
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I wonder how much of the price difference is because of demand for the SSD.


Or the price necessary to recover the investment in research and manufacturing equipment which for the older HDD technology has probably already been recovered.

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Feb 22, 2021 15:21:36   #
joecichjr Loc: Illinois, USA
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Prices for hard drives and SSDs have always been dropping, so that's nothing new. What I find interesting is the price difference between an HDD and an SSD. For about $60, I can get a 2TB HDD or a 500GB SSD. Consider the construction of each. That hard drive has lots of hardware - platters, magnets, wiring, circuit boards, etc. The SSD has nothing but a couple of circuit boards. I wonder how much of the price difference is because of demand for the SSD.


There has to be some kind of scamming going on somewhere in there. I'm sure it costs basically very little to make an SSD.... This is them - the companies - cashing in

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