The floods in Thailand that have cost so many lives have also hit some of the largest hard drive manufacturers. Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba have been affected. Hard drive prices are rising from speculation and shortages. Expect high costs for at least the next two quarters. If you need storage, plan ahead and make sure it’s in stock. It might be wise to do a little cleanup to save room. That’s not to say skip your backup routine or put off replacing a dying drive. I can’t emphasize how important it is to have a functioning backup. Consider MacLab’s remote/cloud backup for a drive-less off-site solution.