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Old 10-24-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Hard drives in short supply



Just got a call from my vendor to tell me their Thailand plant got flooded and drives will be non-existant for some time. Here's an except from their internal sales release:


http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...D&locale=en-US


From Western Digital:

General Flood Information: http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...ratt-says.html

From WD website under press releases:

http://www.wdc.com/en/company/pressr...3-d1efb4bea2ed

Effective immediately, WD is not accepting new orders. Whatever stock is available in the channel is all that will be available until further notice. In the aftermath of the Thailand flooding, WD has been inundated with orders worldwide and they are -for now- not taking any new orders.

As indicated in the press releases, the flooding has impacted WDs actual Thailand factories.

WD has suspended all regular and special pricing programs until further notice.

From D&H :

In addition, WD is raising prices to disty daily and therefore D&H cannot offer any price protection or honor any price quotes longer than 24 hours or by the next business morning, whichever is soonest. Prices are changed in our system to take effect by the next business morning.

Please let your sales staff know about these recent changes and to be careful when quoting customers on WD. Also, let them know that current ETAs are suspended and that there isnít any information available yet on when future inventory will arrive.

Reps are encouraged to email or call me for availability and current pricing as we do have limited inventory on select skus.

Due to current situation in Thailand, HDD situation will be very delicate for the next 2 months. All orders are subject to our PM approval. Insight, however, is exempted from this rule on smaller qty orders. Number of units regarded as small has still not been confirmed.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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wow, prices have already gone up everywhere.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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Just another reason to avoid W.D. garbage and buy Seagate drives.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:59 PM   #4
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Just another reason to avoid W.D. garbage and buy Seagate drives.
I beg to differ...nothing but issues with Seagates.

WD Caviar II only for me.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:44 PM   #5
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I beg to differ...nothing but issues with Seagates.

WD Caviar II only for me.
Ask another nerd, you always get another preference. I always found Seagates far more reliable. Plus, they always had a better warranty, which showed more faith in their own products, IMHO. But to each his own. I'm an old nerd, so I've fried a drive from EVERY manufacturer. But the WDs tended to always die very quickly for me (ie 6 months - 1 year old).
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:12 PM   #6
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ive had both and both are great.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:54 PM   #7
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Seagate is always my first choice, 2nd is WD, never had any problems with either, the only other brand I ever bought was Maxtor, bought 3 HD from them, 2 of them failed, I pretty much still have all the Seagates & WD's HD's I bought in the past 5yrs & all are still working.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:47 AM   #8
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I have 3 WD 2TB greens.

I want to buy 5 X 3tb drives.

I'll probably end up spending the money on TLER drives.
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my seagates used to click so much, they would speak to me in morse code
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