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If someone gives me a good reason why this makes any sense, I'd be appreciative.

32 GB Flash Drive USB 3.0 - $74.99


500 GB External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - $69.99


asked Aug 17 '12 at 17:12

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closed Aug 18 '12 at 19:51

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It's just due to the size and speed of a flash drive which makes them more expensive. I actually saw an offer somewhere recently where they were selling 64GB flash drives from something like £20 ($30).

answered Aug 17 '12 at 17:22

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Could you give me a link (if payments can be made in USD)?

(Aug 17 '12 at 23:36) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

Here it is: http://www.maplin.co.uk/64gb-intenso-usb-flash-drive-630102

It's a UK site so you'd be paying in GDP. But you bank would just give you a conversation rate for the transaction. I don't even know if they ship to the US to be honest!

(Aug 18 '12 at 01:06) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

How about this? http://goo.gl/3lrDm, just choose one from a different shipper for that cheaper price. Or this: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0335580, it's cheaper if you pick it up, but if you get it shipped to you, it's around $35-ish.

(Aug 18 '12 at 01:42) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Thanks for looking out! And @Mattophobia I went on their Facebook page and they seem to respond to everyone, so I asked them if they ship to the US.

(Aug 18 '12 at 01:51) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

It's all about looking around for a good deal! :p

(Aug 18 '12 at 06:27) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

all new stuff is goingto be limited to 32 GB drive space, win8 is cloud based there is no need for storage space .I can speak for all new intel base stuff but tablets will all be 32 MB drives ..

in the near future there will be no need for sorage space in a computing device everything will be on the cloud and the aps to run program you pay per use are very tiny most everything runs directly with a browser ..

fact is wi8 in the its system requirements dont list a drive size at all just processor and memmory

seems things are goingto get pretty limiting for choice as far as computers go soon manufatures are dropping off like flys Toshiba was first siting the inability to get the parts required to produce the new product ..

answered Aug 17 '12 at 17:27

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edited Aug 17 '12 at 17:32

We kind of have to change the way we think of hardware. What's happening now is the total conversion to entirely digital devices. There's also a trend of integration over modules. They've already begun integrating storage into the motherboard. They won't even call it a drive anymore just storage. I agree with you whole heartedly that we are entering a time of the disposable computer. They're going to become a lot more powerful and a lot cheaper. This is the only way we will ever be able to keep pace with Moores' law.

Sure cloud computing is the future but it's going to move into your house. All things are likely to have integrated devices.

There are many ways that cost's will be cut and no longer having to package software sounds fairly feasible. There's also the notion of downsizing and even zerosizing as opposed to housing thousands of cubes to make cuts with overheads and transportation. With the available connectivity there will be no reason that people couldn't work from their home. This is also an increasing trend.

I think storage will be handled a little differently. The flash drive will go to the extreme where a wrist watch or even a tie clip could be the new briefcase and a server stations worth of storage would be in a module in the homes fuse box.

(Aug 18 '12 at 00:50) ClosetFuturist ClosetFuturist's gravatar image

yup thjis is how I read it, and at this time companies are having issues witha shortage of parts to get these new devices to market in the time promised ..

an incress in the cost of things could be the result when things are in short supply prices tend to go way up , as electronic companies move from this this line of production and even go out of business merge together we are going to see more and more of these shortages..

the number of device are incressing the number producing the parts to produce them is shrinking you can only sell ata loss for so long then everything has to give ..

(Aug 18 '12 at 08:22) jadtechnic jadtechnic's gravatar image

If you know where to look, actually it's less expensive: http://goo.gl/KruW8. If it's more expensive, you're paying for the convenience instead of dragging a whole hard drive with you, you can just put a flash drive in your pocket and be done.

answered Aug 17 '12 at 17:46

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DJ Scooby Doo

It's the R&D on downsizing static memory chips. HDDs are mature technology.

answered Aug 17 '12 at 17:56

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