Average Cost of Hard Drive Storage
Statistic Verification
Source: The Wayback Machine
Research Date: November 11th, 2014

Over the past 30 years the cost per gigabyte has gone down by half every 14 months. The following list shows the change in cost since 1980 along with the actual price of specific brand hard drives over the years.

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YearAverage Cost Per Gigabyte
2014$0.03
2013$0.05
2010$0.09
2005$1.24
2000$11.00
1995$1,120
1990$11,200
1985$105,000
1980$437,500
Historic Hard Drive Prices
YearDrive BrandSize (MB)PricePrice / GB
1980Morrow Designs26$5,000$193,000
1981Apple5$3,500$700,000
1984Percom/Tandon20$2,399$120,000
1989Western Digital20$899$53,000
1996Quantum2,500$440$207
2000Maxtor40,900$254$7.14
2005Seagate Barracuda200,000$140$0.70
2009Hitachi1,000,000$74$0.07
2013Seagate Barracuda3,000,000$129$0.043

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