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#2
Hot!
#3
Keeps getting cheaper.
#4
Hot Price! Shame I already brought one from ebuyer a few days ago!
#5
Take care if you have problems with the drive. I recently had a drive delivered from Scan, which was shown as faulty in the manufacturer's diagnostics program. To be on the safe side, I even used my camera to take photos of the error (DOS based program, so couldn't easily do a screenshot).
However, Scan told me they tested it as working, and charged 15gbp plus vat before the refund, even though I offered the photos as proof. I was told these would not be accepted, unless they showed the serial number of the drive. A problem when the manufacturer's tool doesn't show the serial number on the error screen.
In the process, I had two emails ignored before I resorted to calling them, and a promised email from a manager never arrived. I'm now attempting to get the full balance back via a chargeback. I won't be using them again.
#6
Remember that those Samsungs are 5400rpm instead of 7200rpm drives, so they're going to be SLOW for anything other than large file transfers. The F4s are also better than the F3 - less noise, less vibration, less power consumption etc. Good deal though. I paid £71 for a 2TB F4 drive a couple of weeks ago. Best to use these are storage drives rather than main system / boot drives.


Edited By: Picard123 on Oct 30, 2010 10:29: .
#7
Hmm i cant get the free delivery option to work, logged into avforums, clicked on the scan free delivery link which takes you to scan, logged in, added hard drive & some blank media but the delivery says £7.99
#8
Picard123
Remember that those Samsungs are 5400rpm drive, so they're going to be SLOW for anything other than large file transfers. The F4s are also better than the F3 - less noise, less vibration, less power consumption etc. Good deal though. I paid £71 for a 2TB drive only last week.


I think you'll find the F4 2Tb 5400rpm drive is as fast as the 1Tb F3 7200rpm drive. Please do your homework before making such sweeping statements
#9
As the saying goes, a little knowledge is a bad thing, suddenly everyone is an expert. The spindle speed on its own is NOT an indication of speed. In the same way as processor clock speeds are not a suitable measurement of performance. I assume that everyone knows that a 2GHz Pentium 4 is NOT faster than a 1.4Ghz intel i7. The same goes for hard drives the spindle speed only makes a difference when you are comparing the same technology. So if there was a 7200rpm version of the F4 it would be faster, however a drive with a lower density at 7200rpm will not be faster.

Get off my lawn!
#10
Are these likely to drop much further before Xmas?
#11
For the umpteenth F4 thread in a row, some naysayer comes on and disses the F4 simply because it's 5400RPM without quoting any actual benchmark figures either they or an IT Web site have done. So here's my umpteenth response - the F4 is a *very* fast drive for a 5400RPM drive - it equals (or in some cases beats) a typical 7200RPM drive out there.

It is indeed brilliant for moving large files around, but it also very good as an OS boot drive. I run 5 Linuxes and a Windows install from one F4 and my select-from-grub-till-login-prompt on all 6 OS'es is about 20 seconds (including a DHCP pause to get my network IP!). If that's not fast enough for you, then fair enough, but I think most people would be happy with that. For future F4 threads, stop saying this drive can't be used to boot the OS - it can!
#12
americanv8
Picard123
Remember that those Samsungs are 5400rpm drive, so they're going to be SLOW for anything other than large file transfers. The F4s are also better than the F3 - less noise, less vibration, less power consumption etc. Good deal though. I paid £71 for a 2TB drive only last week.


I think you'll find the F4 2Tb 5400rpm drive is as fast as the 1Tb F3 7200rpm drive. Please do your homework before making such sweeping statements


LOL. You don't have a clue what you're talking about do you?

Try running HDTach and any other HD benchmarking apps on both drives, and then realise how stupid you are with your last comment.
#13
Anyone advise if this is a good option for a Sky HD box upgrade, or is the '2TB Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green, SATA 3Gb/s, 5400+rpm, 64MB Cache, 8ms' better (increased cachee and slightly better seek times) for a couple of quid extra?
#14
Ooh that's an interesting idea, is it easy to put one of these in a Sky HD box?

I really must look into some tech reviews of this, keep being tempted
#15
americanv8
Hmm i cant get the free delivery option to work, logged into avforums, clicked on the scan free delivery link which takes you to scan, logged in, added hard drive & some blank media but the delivery says £7.99


maybe try again tomorrow. i think it can take some time to "activate".
#16
CONCLUSIONS

Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB

The newest EcoGreen is a huge improvement noise-wise over the disappointing F3. Measuring only 13 dBA and 15 dBA at one meter when idle and seeking, respectively, the acoustics of the 2TB F4 at last brings EcoGreen parity with Caviar Green. When it comes to power consumption, the 2TB F4 is actually superior to the 2TB Green, using almost 1W less when seeking, and it idles using the same amount of energy as the WD with its heads parked. (It should be noted however that the 2TB WD Green we are comparing it to is an older 4-platter model. Newer WD GP revisions have been shipping recently with three 667GB platters, which probably brings power down. We'll be checking on this soon.)

From a performance standpoint, like most "green" models, the F4 is relatively slow compared to 7200 RPM drives. Boot and loading times are a step behind, and when copying small files it can only beat 2.5" variants. Copying large files is the one area in which it excels, its one saving grace. We wouldn't employ it as a boot drive to hold an operating system and applications for daily use, but it is almost perfect for media storage. Retailing for between US$100 and US$110, it is also extremely affordable.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/images/samsung-f4-seagate-xt-2tb/bench2%20copy.gif

Can't be bothered to post all the benchmarkes but its saving grace is in large file copy performance. As again previously, its best to use as a storage drive rather than than a system/boot drive.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/images/samsung-f4-seagate-xt-2tb/bench3%20copy.gif



Edited By: Picard123 on Oct 30, 2010 16:33: benchmarks added
#17
anyone know if these F4's go to sleep after x minutes? Thinking of getting 1 (or 2) for using on ps3 as an external drive in my docking station....but I know some games ran from external can sometimes have juttering audio or scenes (such as Final Fantasy) if it only needs to load from the emulated disc once in a while due to the spindown/spinup kicking in...or failing that...if its possible to disable the spindown?

Edited By: Midnight Tboy on Oct 30, 2010 17:41: meh
#18
johnnneyboy
Take care if you have problems with the drive. I recently had a drive delivered from Scan, which was shown as faulty in the manufacturer's diagnostics program. To be on the safe side, I even used my camera to take photos of the error (DOS based program, so couldn't easily do a screenshot).
However, Scan told me they tested it as working, and charged 15gbp plus vat before the refund, even though I offered the photos as proof. I was told these would not be accepted, unless they showed the serial number of the drive. A problem when the manufacturer's tool doesn't show the serial number on the error screen.
In the process, I had two emails ignored before I resorted to calling them, and a promised email from a manager never arrived. I'm now attempting to get the full balance back via a chargeback. I won't be using them again.


Stop trolling this same damn message EVERY time there is a deal for a Scan hard drive. It's really not necessary. Buy with confidence people! Voted hot - this is the cheapest and best deal yet for this hard drive.
#19
Offer still valid, cracking deal

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