Price Guide, June 2006: Storage

by Haider Farhan on 6/11/2006 1:45 AM EST


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  • PrinceGaz - Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - link

    I know not many of them are available yet, but I trust you will be adding them to future month's storage price articles.

    It might be worth including HD-DVD and BD readers as well until the burners come down to a reasonable price.
  • SignalPST - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    Can SAS hard drives be used on onboard SATA2.0 ports such as the nForce4 motherboards?
    Or do SAS drives require a SAS PCI-E cards?
  • King Mongo - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    I think the real deal for all large-size PATA and SATA drives is to be found at They have consistently offered 500GB PATA & SATA drives for less than $200, with free shipping, for the past two weeks. NO REBATES. I believe the new standard for 500GB is $189

    For Seagate retail, *cannot* be beat.

    For Maxtor & Western Digital, however, I would stay with the OEM resellers (like ZZF, eWiz, etc) because Maxtor & WD OEM drives come with a more robust warranty than the retail (for some reason).

  • SnoMunke - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    First, you are missing the WD 5000YS (500GB) RE2 drive...

    Second, "While previously only Maxtor and Seagate were producing SAS drives, Hitachi has recently joined them with three offerings." is simply a B.S. statement. Hitachi SAS drives have been out for over 6 months!!! (I know because I bought one back in January and I b!tched at you before when you left the Hitachi SAS drives off Storage Price Guide!)

    Third, you really need to clean up the presentation of your Storage Price is simply not easy to read. How about dividing it up first by interface (which you have done) and then by HDD size (large, medium, small)? As others pointed out, SATA 1.5/3.0 HDDs should be lumped together.

    Fourth, not to leave you too chastised from my harsh comments, I read Anandtech/DailyTech on a HOURLY basis. You all are doing a great job!
  • dhei - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Like I have a mobo that supports 1.5sata, can i buy a 3.0 to "future proof" when i upgrade? Its the little things like that i always forget..heh Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Yes, that's what we tried to explain on pages 2 and 3. There may be some exceptions out there on mobos, but if so I have yet to encounter them. (Note that I haven't tested any VIA/SiS chipset offerings in a long time, so I can't say for sure that they work. The spec is *supposed* to be backwards compatible, however.) Reply
  • regpfj - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link


    ...but if you're debating weather to go with a 3.0Gbps or 1.5Gbps


    moot point as transfer rates have yet to exceed 150 GB/s.

    I gave up reading after the second page.
  • arswihart - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Anandtech, what are you talking about in this whole article, its an outdated, and not-useful pile of rubbish if you ask me. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    We're talking about hard drives. Outdated in what way? Not useful in what way? Specifics are helpful, and I find it hard to believe that two minor typos would turn this into rubbish. Do you simply not want us to do storage guides, or can you try to help by offering some suggestions for improvement? Simply posting flames on the internet does no one any good.

    If you're complaining about price differences (i.e. text doesn't coincide with the real-time charts), these prices change on a daily basis. If the text does not exactly reflect current prices 24 hours after being written, there's not much we can do to fix that.
  • Dfere - Monday, June 12, 2006 - link

    Get Em, Jarred.

    Speaking for myself, I do not take this type of post seriously, and most of us do not... but fight the good fight, boy.!
  • peternelson - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Why not track the latest Pioneer 111 dvd writer rather than the 110 model?
  • rrcn - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Thanks for the heads up. I have talked to our RTPE administrator and he has gone ahead and added it to the engine. :-) Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    I've sent an email to our RTPE guy to get it added - I'm not sure how long it's been available, but there's only so much information any one person can keep current on. :) Reply
  • Pollock - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    The $10 rebate for the WD2500KS expired yesterday, so it's only $90 shipped from Newegg now. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Unfortunately, that's the problem with pricing information. The day we post an article, prices already start to change. That's why we include the price tables, which update automatically, as well as links to product pages in the RTPE. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    I've updated the text to include reference to the 111D in place of the 110D. Reply
  • CrystalBay - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    They differ in Price DUH..Offa dufa Reply
  • Olaf van der Spek - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Why are 1.5 and 3 gbit/s drives listed separately when they don't differ performance wise? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Actually, I've debated combining them (and suggesting that to Haider), but the only way to make a sensible SATA page that way involves not listing all SATA hard drives - the bottom charts on pages 2 and 3 are already too long. As mentioned below, prices also differ (sometimes), and there may be a few SATA controllers out there that have issues with the backwards compatibility of 3.0Gbps models. (I've never encountered any, but there *might* be.) Reply
  • rrcn - Sunday, June 11, 2006 - link

    Exactly. The pricing tables are already at great length and dividing them up by their specific SATA interface seems most logical. This just makes it easier to sift through them. As you can also see, Jarred has gone ahead and divided up the 3.0 and 1.5Gbps charts even further by hard drive sizes.


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