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Price and Capacity in computer hardware.

It is interesting to see the development in capacity and price in computer hardware. This is known as Moore's law. Gordon Moore made this famous observation in 1965, that transistor density will continue to double every 18 month. And can somewhat be seen in other computer hardware such as storage and network. But not the exact same pace. Disk storage capacity have increased steadily, but disk access time have not shown such a dramatic improvements.

Here a list of harddrives will be show from one of the top retailers in Norway in 1998 and now in Jun 2004. It is the same shop. The prices are in norwegian krone, 1 norwegian krone is 6.8 USD.
10 Aug. 1998 prices:

Seagate Barracuda 4550MB ST34572N Ultra SCSI price: 4540.00
Seagate Cheetah 4550MB ST34501N Ultra SCSI price: 5350.00
Seagate Medalist Pro 4550MB ST34520N Ultra SCSI price: 2990.00
Quantum Fireball SE 8400MB SCSI Harddisk price: 4650.00
Seagate Cheetah 9100MB ST19101N Ultra SCSI price: 8495.00
Seagate Medalist Pro 9140MB ST39140N Ultra SCSI price: 5195.00
Seagate Barracuda 9173MB ST39173N Ultra SCSI price: 6795.00

Quantum Atlas-III 18.2GB 8ms Ultra2 Wide SCSI HD price: 11995.00
Seagate Cheetah 18,2GB ST118202LW Wide-Ultra2 price: 14995.00
Seagate Barracuda 4550MB ST34573LW Wide-Ultra2 price: 5750.00
Quantum Viking II 4550MB Ultra2 Wide SCSI price: 3790.00
Seagate Medalist Pro 4550MB ST34520W Ultra Wide price: 2990.00
Quantum Atlas-III 9.1GB 8ms Ultra2 Wide SCSI HD price: 6995.00
Quantum Atlas-II 9100MB 8ms Ultra Wide SCSI HD price: 6395.00
Seagate Barracuda 9100MB ST39173LW Wide-Ultra2 price: 6995.00
Seagate Barracuda 9100MB ST39173W Ultra Wide price: 6795.00
Seagate Cheetah 9100MB ST19101W Ultra Wide price: 8450.00
Seagate Cheetah 9100MB ST39102LW Wide-Ultra2 price: 8450.00
Quantum Viking II 9,1GB Ultra2 Wide SCSI price: 5795.00
Seagate Medalist Pro 9140MB ST39140W Ultra Wide price: 5195.00

Quantum Fireball EL 10,2GB U-DMA 9.5ms 5400RPM price: 3095.00
Quantum Fireball EL 2500MB U-DMA 9.5ms 5400RPM price: 1225.00
Seagate Medalist 3200MB 4500rpm udma ST33232A price: 1180.00
Quantum Fireball SE 3200MB U-DMA IDE Harddisk price: 1285.00
Seagate Medalist 4300MB 5400rpm udma ST34321A price: 1390.00
Quantum Fireball EL 5100MB U-DMA 9.5ms 5400RPM price: 1495.00
Quantum Fireball SE 6480MB U-DMA IDE Harddisk price: 1850.00
Quantum Fireball ST 6480MB U-DMA IDE Harddisk price: 1990.00
Seagate Medalist Pro 6530MB 7200rpm udma ST36530A price: 1970.00
Seagate Medalist 6531MB 5400rpm udma ST36531A price: 1695.00
Quantum Fireball EL 7600MB U-DMA 9.5ms 5400RPM price: 2395.00
Quantum Fireball SE 8400MB U-DMA IDE Harddisk price: 2750.00
Seagate Medalist 8641MB 5400rpm udma ST38641A price: 2195.00
Seagate Medalist Pro 9140MB 7200rpm udma ST39140A price:2845.00

Jun 2004
Samsung

Harddisk 40.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-133 3.5" Noise Guard, SP0411N
Price 471,-

Harddisk 60.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-133 3.5" Noise Guard, SP0612N
Price 527,-

Harddisk 80.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-133 3.5" Noise Guard, SP0802N
På lager 40 558,-

Harddisk 120.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-133 3.5" 8.9mS Noise Guard, SP1203N
Price 713,-

Harddisk 120.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-133 3.5" 8MB Noise Guard, SP1213N
Price 769,-

Harddisk 160.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-133 3.5" Noise Guard, SP1604N
Price 794,-

Harddisk 160.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-133 3.5" 8MB Noise Guard, SP1614N
Price 856,-

Western Digital

Harddisk 40.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5", WD400BB
Price 465,-

Harddisk 80.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 2MB, WD800BB
Price 539,-

Harddisk 80.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB Cache , WD800JB
Price 608,-

Harddisk 120.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" , WD1200BB
Price 707,-



Harddisk 120.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB, WD1200JB
Price 750,-

Harddisk 160.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB FDB, WD1600JB
Price 867,-

Harddisk 120.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB Caviar RAID Edition EIDE FDB, WD1200SB
Price 973,-

Harddisk 200.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB , WD2000JB
Price 1048,-

Harddisk 160.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB Caviar RAID Edition EIDE FDB, WD1600SB
Price 1091,-

Harddisk 250.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB FDB, WD2500JB
Price 1581,-

Harddisk 250.0GB IDE 7200RPM UDMA-100 3.5" 8MB Caviar RAID Edition EIDE FDB, WD2500SB
Price 1947,-

SCSI
Hitachi

Harddisk 36.9GB SCSI 10000RPM 80pin 3.5" 8MB U160 / 320, IC35L036-XC-DY-10
Price 1333,-

Harddisk 36.6GB SCSI 15000RPM 80pin 3.5" 8MB U320, HT-HUS157336-EL3800
Price 1643,-

Harddisk 73.4GB SCSI 10000RPM 80pin 3.5" 8MB U160 / 320, IC35L073-XC-DY-10
Price 2412,-

Harddisk 73.4GB SCSI 15000RPM 80pin 3.5" 8MB U320, HT-HUS157373-EL3800
Price 3838,-

Harddisk 146.8GB SCSI 10000RPM 80pin 3.5" 8MB U160 / 320, IC35L146-XC-DY-10
Price 4805,-




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