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    December Hard Drive + SSD Price Guide
    January 1, 2009

    Introduction

    Welcome to the Sharky Extreme Hard Drive Price Guide, which is a monthly feature that complements our CPU, Memory and Video Card prices guides. This will help provide a snap-shot of the overall market, and follows the same basic pattern as our weekly and monthly price guides. We'll start off with individual price lists for both Parallel and Serial ATA drives, and then by using various sorted lists, move into a more detailed look at overall value and pricing.

    The hard drive price lists are not meant to duplicate the vendor selection of online price engines like PriceWatch or PriceGrabber, but instead will present an overview of the PATA and SATA hard drive marketplace. We have included a wide range of desktop hard drives from the most popular manufacturers, as well as ensuring an extensive selection of capacities and features.

    * Please note that unless otherwise stated (using an Retail designation) the listed hard drives are OEM models.

    * All listed hard drives are 7200 RPM, other than (as noted) the Western Digital 10K Raptor, WD 5400/7200 RPM Hybrid models and Samsung EcoGreen 5400 RPM drives

    Parallel ATA Hard Drives

    The Parallel ATA hard drive selection rivals that of SATA, and the market is still quite strong. For standard desktop use, these range from basic 80GB models with 2-MB of cache, all the way up to a monster 500GB and 750GB drives with 8-MB and 16-MB of cache. These are the two extremes, and the most popular models strike a nice balance, usually sitting in the 250GB to 320GB range, and sporting 8MB of internal cache. We've got all the angles covered in our PATA hard drive price list, and along with the usual drive, price and price change columns, we've also included one for $/GB (cost per GB) for easy look-up.

    December was not a good month for Parallel ATA hard drive buyers, and our chart showed very little in the way of lower prices. Only a single drive fell by double digits, and that was only a $13 drop to the Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB. This was followed by a trio of $8 price cuts, but there was a lot more activity on the other end of things. Four PATA hard drives spiked by $10 or more, including the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB (+$18) and Samsung SpinPoint T133 300GB (+$28). The overall chart trends followed along with this, and we found a total chart increase of $42 this month.


    Parallel ATA Hard Drive Price List

    Hard Drive
    Price
    Change
    $/GB
    Vendor
    ExcelStor Jupiter 160GB (8MB)
    $67
    $5
    $0.42
    NextWarehouse
    ExcelStor Jupiter 250GB (8MB)
    $57
    $0
    $0.23
    NextWarehouse
    Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 160GB (8MB)
    $47
    -$2
    $0.29
    Directron
    Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 250GB (8MB)
    $60
    $0
    $0.24
    NextWarehouse
    Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 320GB (8MB)
    $63
    $0
    $0.20
    NextWarehouse
    Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 250GB (8MB)
    $53
    -$5
    $0.21
    Mwave
    Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 320GB (8MB)
    $63
    $5
    $0.20
    Mwave
    Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 400GB (8MB)
    $65
    $0
    $0.16
    Mwave
    Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 500GB (8MB)
    $115
    -$8
    $0.23
    ServerSupply
    Maxtor DiamondMax 21 320GB (2MB)
    $160
    $0
    $0.50
    ServerSupply
    Maxtor Ultra 16 300GB (16MB)
    $75
    $7
    $0.25
    ServerSupply
    Maxtor Ultra 16 500GB (16MB)
    $107
    n/a
    $0.21
    Mwave
    Samsung SpinPoint 160GB (2MB)
    $90
    $10
    $0.56
    ServerSupply
    Samsung SpinPoint 250GB (8MB)
    $95
    -$3
    $0.38
    ServerSupply
    Samsung SpinPoint T133 300GB (8MB)
    $138
    $28
    $0.46
    ServerSupply
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB (8MB)
    $52
    $0
    $0.33
    ADC
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 200GB (8MB)
    $49
    $0
    $0.25
    ADC
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 80GB (2MB)
    $45
    -$1
    $0.56
    NewEgg
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB (8MB)
    $53
    -$1
    $0.33
    NewEgg
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB (16MB)
    $69
    $0
    $0.28
    NewEgg
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB (8MB)
    $73
    $0
    $0.23
    NewEgg
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB (16MB)
    $70
    $0
    $0.22
    NewEgg
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400GB (8MB)
    $122
    -$1
    $0.31
    Upgrade Bay
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400GB (16MB)
    $95
    $0
    $0.24
    ADC
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB (16MB)
    $96
    $18
    $0.19
    NowDirect
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB (16MB)
    $90
    $0
    $0.12
    NewEgg
    Seagate DB35 7200.3 500GB (16MB)
    $85
    -$8
    $0.17
    NowDirect
    Seagate Barracuda RK 750GB (16MB)
    $149
    $0
    $0.20
    Mwave
    Seagate SV35 7200.2 160GB (8MB)
    $64
    $3
    $0.40
    The Nerds.net
    Seagate SV35 7200.2 500GB (16MB)
    $116
    $0
    $0.23
    NextWarehouse
    Seagate SV35 7200.2 750GB (16MB)
    $151
    $0
    $0.20
    Mwave
    Western Digital Caviar 40GB (2MB)
    $47
    $2
    $1.18
    TigerDirect
    Western Digital Caviar 80GB (2MB)
    $42
    -$3
    $0.53
    NewEgg
    Western Digital Caviar 160GB (2MB)
    $45
    $0
    $0.28
    ADC
    Western Digital Caviar 200GB (2MB)
    $52
    $0
    $0.26
    ADC
    Western Digital Caviar 250GB (2MB)
    $52
    $0
    $0.21
    ADC
    Western Digital Caviar SE 40GB (8MB)
    $47
    $0
    $1.18
    TigerDirect
    Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB (8MB)
    $44
    $0
    $0.55
    NewEgg
    Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB (8MB)
    $52
    -$8
    $0.33
    NewEgg
    Western Digital Caviar SE 200GB (8MB)
    $78
    -$2
    $0.39
    ZipZoomFly
    Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB (8MB)
    $57
    -$13
    $0.23
    NewEgg
    Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB (8MB)
    $74
    $12
    $0.23
    NextWarehouse
    Western Digital Caviar SE 400GB (8MB)
    $74
    $0
    $0.19
    ADC
    Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB (8MB)
    $75
    $0
    $0.15
    NewEgg
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB (16MB)
    $74
    $0
    $0.23
    NextWarehouse
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 400GB (16MB)
    $70
    $0
    $0.18
    ZipZoomFly
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB (16MB)
    $77
    -$2
    $0.15
    NewEgg
    Western Digital RAID Ed. 160GB (8MB)
    $75
    $9
    $0.47
    ServerSupply
    Western Digital RAID Ed. 250GB (8MB)
    $146
    $0
    $0.58
    Upgrade Bay
    Western Digital RAID Ed. 320GB (8MB)
    $160
    $0
    $0.50
    Upgrade Bay


  • Page 1 Parallel ATA Hard Drive Price List
    Page 2 Serial ATA Hard Drive Price List
    Page 3 Solid State Drive Price List
    Page 4 Parallel ATA Hard Drives Sorted by $/GB
    Page 5 Serial ATA Hard Drives Sorted by $/GB
    Page 6 Solid State Drives Sorted by $/GB
    Page 7 Parallel & Serial ATA HDs and SSDs Sorted by Price Change
    Page 8 Parallel & Serial ATA HDs and SSDs Sorted by Price


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