Flooding in Thailand is expected to lead to a shortage in hard drives, since some of the top manufacturers of hard drives and components are located in that country.
The shortage could drive up the costs of hard drives temporarily — and some PC makers are already talking about raising computer prices as a result.
Cens reports that Acer chairman JT Wang has confirmed plans to raise the prices of personal computers this month in reaction to the hard drive shortage. The move could reduce sales, but help maintain profits for the company since Acer is focusing on high-end products such as the Acer Aspire S3 ultrabook.
About 25 percent of the world’s supply of hard drives comes from Thailand.
via Netbook News