Price per GB of external hard drives drops by one-third in a year

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harddrive.jpgLet’s be honest, hard drives aren’t exactly the sexiest bits of computer gear, but they’re increasingly important as we download yet more data from the Net and have to store it.

A new report from GfK shows that the price per gigabyte of external hard drives has fallen by around one-third in just one year.

In the first half of 2006, consumers would have paid an average of 64p per GB. Today, that’s fallen to 43p per GB.

The volume of external hard drives sold has increased year-on-year, with 1.3m units sold in 2006 compared to 560,000 units in 2005.

This trend is attributable in part to the growth in popularity of notebook computers, many of which have fairly low-capacity internal hard drives.

GfK predict that over two million drives will be sold this year.

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Andy Merrett