Every post I see from you is some self righteous know it all post about how you worked at Microsoft.
I kinda agree.
For one i don't think having worked for MS makes someone knowledgeable about every products MS makes unless he worked as a "know it all" apologist. And i don't trust apologist personaly. I'm sure someone who design or code part of Windows or Office doesn't know much more about the 360 than anyone else. And i'm sure someone who design the 360 or work as a tech for Live doesn't know much about Office or Windows.
I'm a computer engineer. I never worked for MS but i don't think it makes me far less knowledgeable about a particular MS product than anyone who did work for MS but did not work on that particular product.
I don't know everything. I specialised myself in web design. I kinda forgot a lot of things that is not used for making/hosting a web site.
But i think i know enough about computer to know the 360 HDDs are overpriced and there's simply no good excuse for it.
In canada the 320GB HD is sold at 150$ CAD. Is it still 5400rpm like the old one? I hope not for this price.
For 80$ you can buy a 750GB 7200rpm Momentus HD.
For 120-140$ you can buy a hybrid 7200rpm 750GB Momentus XT (which is faster).
At the time i'm writing this you can have the old 500GB 7200rpm hybrid Momentus XT for a mere 65$ CAD (2.3 times less than 320Gb 360 HD).
Yes the enclosure adds to the price. But if it really adds that much MS needs to think about its strategy.