deals1tb seagate barracuda for $69.00

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The ES.2 range had a lot of the issues the similar 7200.11 generation had. I got a new 1TB 7200.12 for this price a year or so ago (just as they were being discontinued). Still works, but will slow to a crawl after large writes. SeaTools still informs me it's functioning as it should, so not returnable, but other SMART software won't even read the drive.

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Why aren't hard drives getting cheaper. I bought a TB HDD for this price two years ago. Is the flooding in Taiwan still the cause?