An addition to this previous post about SSD and Flash drive pricing: https://linustechtips.com/main/profile/265114-ryan_vickers/?status=250441&type=status
Just adding HDDs to the mix now. All the same selection conditions apply.
I should clarify, as with the previous post, I've used "GB" just because that's a familiar term, and I've gone with the 1024 multiplier since it sort of comes out naturally as a result of starting from small flash drive capacities like 16 GB and doubling as you go up, but strictly speaking, the point for "16384 GB" is really "16 TB", aka 16 trillion bytes. I feel this won't make a significant difference in the numbers. Anyway, on to the value chart:
As with before, this confirms some things that I've felt lately. Specifically, that 4 TB is the sweet spot, but with higher capacities up to and including 8 TB also being a decent option.
If I now superimpose the two charts for the sake of comparison, it's clear why HDDs are still preferred for affordable bulk storage:
Apologies for doing this visually and not just adding this line but I didn't think to keep the old document and didn't feel like recreating it just for this lol