The fallout of the hard-disk drive shortage is now raining down on consumers, according to analysts and resellers.
The most immediate impact is rising prices and falling inventory of standalone drives, in the wake of the flooding in Thailand where roughly half of the world's drives are made. "Prices are going up. We're running out of stock and no longer taking back orders," said a sales representative at PC Connection, a major online reseller.
"We have half the stock we used to have," the sales rep added.