As the demand for hard disk drives (HDDs) gradually fell off, their selling prices have dramatically decreased.
According to price comparison website Danawa on May 8, the prices of HDDs dropped up to 20 percent in just one year. According to a comparison of average prices of seven types of HDD based on capacity ranging from 500GB to 8TB, the selling prices of six types of HDD, except for 500GB, decreased.
For instance, the price of 8TB HDD fell 22.33 percent from 515,000 won (US$476) in April last year to 400,000 won (US$370) in April this year, while that of 2TB HDD dropped 20.21 percent from 94,000 won (US$87). An official from Danawa said, “The sales of solid state drives (SSDs) are on the increase, resulting in a lower demand of HDDs. Accordingly, the prices of HDDs are on the decrease.”
An SSD is a storage device that uses NAND flash memory chips. As a considerable number of contents that have to process data quickly, like high quality games, are coming to the market, SSDs are in higher demand than HDDs.
Danawa said SSDs accounted for 70 percent of total sales in the past year, while HDDs took up 30 percent.
More and more computer manufacturers are introducing SSDs. In particular, most notebook computer producers are using SSDs in order to reduce the size and weight after the trend of “weight reduction.”
However, opinions are divided on whether or not SSDs will completely replace HDDs in the future. An official from a computer producer said, “When SSDs address shortcomings of the fall in prices by unit capacity, it will completely replace HDDs. HDDs will remain in existence as secondary storage devices that store contents like movies and dramas.” However, another official from a computer producer said, “The industry will mainly use SSDs to install operating systems, while demand for HDDs, which have a relatively lower price and a large storage space, will be maintained.”