Several months ago I was buying some large hard drives for our development team to store lots of virtual machines and backups. Virtual machines are great to use for software development. But the virtual hard drives of the virtual machines take up real world space on your real world hard drives.
It's great having a couple dozen virtual development machines at my disposal. I can run several of them at a time in whatever configuration I choose. They can even be connected together in an ad-hoc network. It's absolutely the best way for a power user to use lots of different computers without having the heat, noise and expense of real ones.
So, a few months ago when I was buying all these drives for the team, I wasn't sure if I would need one for myself. They are only getting cheaper, right? WRONG. Once day I went to order one for myself, and they had quadrupled in price overnight!
A couple years ago I was buying 2 TB drives for $59 and all of the sudden they jump to $400 because some company that makes drive parts fell into the ocean. There was no way I was going to pay that much, even with someone else's money.
Yesterday I finally gave in and ordered a 2 TB Western Digital Caviar Green for $119 on Newegg. It's about time!