Average Cost of Hard Drive Storage
Statistic Verification
Source: The Wayback Machine
Research Date: 6.18.2013
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.

Year Average Cost Per Gigabyte
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
Year Drive Brand Size (MB) Price Price / GB
1980 Morrow Designs 26 $5,000 $193,000
1981 Apple 5 $3,500 $700,000
1984 Percom/Tandon 20 $2,399 $120,000
1989 Western Digital 20 $899 $53,000
1996 Quantum 2,500 $440 $207
2000 Maxtor 40,900 $254 $7.14
2005 Seagate Barracuda 200,000 $140 $0.70
2009 Hitachi 1,000,000 $74 $0.07
2013 Seagate Barracuda 3,000,000 $129 $0.043
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