Production has halted in most of the manufacturers in Thailand, so there is now a severe shortage of drives. Asus reckon they'll run out in a month.
Many manufacturers also have basis in other countries in the APAC area, but they can't keep up with demand.
Once the waters recede all the equipment in the factories will have to be scrapped and replaced, because when you're making hard drive platters that require accuracy down to molecular level you can't use equipment that's been swimming in slime...
Wow. The 1TB Samsung hard drive I bought about 3 years ago from ebuyer for £40 is now £212!. I wonder how long it will take this industry to recover. Hopefully not too long but if most of the equipment needs replaced then I fear it could be a while.
We might think that from time to time we get bad floods in this country, but we're mere beginners compared to what the people of Thailand are facing.
Floods have affected 64 out of 77 provinces in the country, and over 10 million people have seen their homes inundated with flood-water. So far over 440 people have been killed, and that figure will surely rise.
Your hard drive will cost more because over 10,000 factories have been forced to close - that of Western Digital among them.
Think again - the Japanese government's handling of the post-Tsunami situation has been called a disgrace,and there is considerable civil unrest. Many of the more remote areas affected appear to have been completely forgotten by the authorities.