Quote Originally Posted by thriftyandboringinohio View Post
A few years ago there was a typhoon in southeast Asia that damaged factories in Thailand and Cambodia.
Our local Honda final assembly plant shut down for weeks and no Civics or Accords were built because they could not get the components made at that factory - a power steering pump or brake cylinder or whatever it was.
That sounds like the same event (or same kind of event) that took out a good portion of world-wide hard-drive manufacturing facilities in 2011 which were in Thailand. There was a noticeable shortage of large and cheap hard drives for a good year or more after the event once the effects rippled into the supply chain. I think price per GB nearly doubled for some size ranges, and that's in sharp contrast to the usual steady reduction in such prices due to Moore's law (what's left of it anyway).