A quick check to my favorite Mac tech add-on provider and off the shelf SSDs of the one terabyte variety are priced well below $500. Indeed, even a 1TB SSD upgrade for a MacBook Pro with Retina display is a mere $500, dirt cheap considering it’s coming from Apple. What’s cheaper? 4TB at barely 3-cents per GB.
The Spiraling Down Trend
That storage capacity has been increasing for a couple of decades while decreasing in price is not exactly a secret. Let me let you in on a little secret.
My first hard disk drive, way back in the last century, cost $1,500 for 10 megabytes. That’s megabytes. As in 10MB. And $1,500.
Alright, I don’t look as old as I apparently am.
Also in the news yesterday was a report about Seagate’s latest monstrosity, a generous 8TB– as in ‘terabyte’ or 8,000 gigabytes– priced at around $270.
This model is called the Archive label so it’s not exactly a high performance disk drive, but you get the idea, right? 8TB of storage for $270 works out to around 3.3-cents per gigabyte. Remember, my first hard disk drive was $1,500 for 10MB, or put another way, $150,000 per gigabyte.
What’s not to like about today’s computer storage prices? Capacity is up. Price is down. My new iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 both have 128GB and I fear than in a couple of years those devices will be full, too.
We’ve come a long way, baby.