LATEST PRICE DROP: Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* ONLY £69.99 Delivered @ ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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The Samsung Spinpoint F1 drive offers a superior combination of density, recording quality and reliability. It also features Samsung's industry-leading NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies to eliminate acoustic noise. Servers, high-end desktops, RAID systems and DVRs are among the applications well suited to the Spinpoint F1 drive.
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#1
Seems very good - what was the previous price?
#2
It's been dropping slowly for a while, latest deals have been around £75 :thumbsup:
#3
wow. a 5TB raid setup is within reach!
#4
Placed an order.
Good price - cheaper than previous deals
#5
I'm going to wait til it drops to £40
#6
sfarieq
I'm going to wait til it drops to £40


Dreamer. :)
#7
Great price, I paid around £90 not so long back, maybe a month or so ago. And that was from Ebuyer. I have it in a Linux server running Samba and there's barely any difference in speed between that and the harddrive that's in my main machine. Might get another to run a mirror raid so I don't have to make backups.
#8
Everyday I debate about buying another TB drive to backup the one I've got but everyday the price keeps dropping so I wait a little longer, knowing my luck the one I've got will die and I'll lose everything whilst sitting here watching the prices keep dropping! When they get to £60 delivered I'll order, the rate the prices are changing it'll only be a few weeks I reckon...
#9
Kaprikawn
Great price, I paid around £90 not so long back, maybe a month or so ago. And that was from Ebuyer. I have it in a Linux server running Samba and there's barely any difference in speed between that and the harddrive that's in my main machine. Might get another to run a mirror raid so I don't have to make backups.


your system stinks if you noticed no speed increase even without raid, these drives can achieve 104-126 meg a second in my machine in non raid. I bought 4 of them when they were over £100 and have one I bought from Aria some months ago for £78 I supsect that one will fly also If I ever get round to using or even opening it
#10
Oh you have to be kidding me! just brought one yesterday from ebuyer for £75, formatting it as i speak!
#11
enote em and ask for a refund of the difference I did that a while ago and got £20 quid back for something I had just bought tell em you will return original order under distance regs or as faulty on arrival so as you can order it again at cheaper price. Hardly seems worth it for £5 though
#12
achmelvic
Everyday I debate about buying another TB drive to backup the one I've got but everyday the price keeps dropping so I wait a little longer, knowing my luck the one I've got will die and I'll lose everything whilst sitting here watching the prices keep dropping! When they get to £60 delivered I'll order, the rate the prices are changing it'll only be a few weeks I reckon...


Do it! That's exactly what I do using Microsoft's SyncToy v2.0 - works a treat.

laze.
#13
I'm guessing that this is probably a stupid question, but I assume that this is a 3.5" drive?

#14
solid
I'm guessing that this is probably a stupid question, but I assume that this is a 3.5" drive?



Not a stupid question, no. It is a 3.5" desktop drive, yes :)
#15
Yes it is 3.5 sata II you Stupid Boy :)
#16
Its samsung so cold.....Sorry the price is not that cheap 1tb drives are going for £70 delivered now (see other recent posts) and samsung drives are extremely unreliable in my experience....
#17
These Samsung F1 drives win award after award in the PC magazines, and are one of the quietest and fastest hard drives around.
#18
alera
Its samsung so cold.....Sorry the price is not that cheap 1tb drives are going for £70 delivered now (see other recent posts) and samsung drives are extremely unreliable in my experience....



lol .... not in comparision with Maxtor there not and a3 year warranty that actually works. I have 20 plus samsung drives over the last 5 years or so and only 1 has failed and that was DOA for 8 ordered at same time not too bad and they were heavily reduced. Samsung replaced it 9 months later and within 3 days, as I never check my hd's till I come to use em.
#19
Does this work with the old standard SATA?
#20
anewman
Does this work with the old standard SATA?


Yes, but at a slightly reduced rate, although it won't be noticeable in everyday usage. It will no doubt be faster than what you've already got.
#21
From ebuyer reviews seems that it would cause me some difficulty. Good deal if you have a newer PC it seems.

I have an older DFI mobo with an onboard SATA1 controller (SiL3114 chipset). The F1 drive isn't recognised by the controller during BIOS POST, causing it to hang. I fixed this by disconnecting the drive during power-up and reconnecting it after the BIOS POST has finished.

I ran the Samsung speed patch utility offered on their website to force the drive down from SATA2 to SATA1 speeds but I still have to do the "unplug at startup" trick to get it to work. Even a PCI SATA1 adaptor card wouldn't solve the problem.


I have spent a very irritated 40 hours trying to fit this to my old motherboard with an aBit AV8 board that uses the Via VT8237 chipset. I wont bore you with detail but this is what you must do to make it work:
1. find a close friend with a Sata300/Sata 2 compatible controller.
2. Go to Samsung website, find the hard disc and download the bootable cd iso image http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/productmodel.do?type=61&subtype=63&model_cd=249) that comes with no friggin instructions at all.
3. Unplug your friends hard drives and connect yours to their machine (best be safe). Boot from the CD and it will run ESTOOL, this should detect the disc on startup.
4. select the correct disc and then find the little setting to step down speed to 150, don't mess with the rest.
5. Put the hard disc in your machine and it should work fine.
Note: don't believe any documentation about jumpers on the drive, its nonsense. Don't look for a PCI Sata card as there arent any that support Sata300/Sata II at the moment. In fact don't believe anything else but these instructions.
Why Samsung dont ship this drive with proper jumpers or ready stepped down I dont' know, hundreds of moans about compatibility out there.
#22
I have a Samsung 500GB on my computer, using older SATA.

The main problem is that older PC's won't automatically have the drivers for SATA, so you need to install them, like you would a printer or webcam etc.

If you are using Windows Vista, unlikely on an older PC, then the drivers are already there, but on XP and below you need to install them first.

I haven't done any of this stepping down as indicated by the above post, but mine is a secondary drive, and not the primary, that one is still an 80GB IDE
#23
I'm not sure if my motherboard is SATA I or II - it's a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS4 and the spec just says "Features SATA 3Gb/s with RAID function "
#24
Dammit, bought one a few days ago for £73.50. Oh well.
#25
ODonnyBoy
I'm not sure if my motherboard is SATA I or II - it's a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS4 and the spec just says "Features SATA 3Gb/s with RAID function "


I'm fairly sure 3Gb/s is SATA II, SATA I i think is 1.5Gb/s
#26
alera
Its samsung so cold.....Sorry the price is not that cheap 1tb drives are going for £70 delivered now (see other recent posts) and samsung drives are extremely unreliable in my experience....


Yep £70 1TB drives will soon be the norm!

Bought a couple of Seagate 750GB drives for £52 delivered recently from Aria - nothing special only 8MB cache - but for stashing away media files good enough.
#27
i think the probs reported by users of this hard drive are not due to app sys but down to whether the mb supports sata II, ie. 3gb/sec. which in my case it does not.
i think from what ive read about this drive - the only way i could use it is to get it configured in another pc and drop down its setting to sata I
#28
peodude
I'm fairly sure 3Gb/s is SATA II, SATA I i think is 1.5Gb/s


Thanks for that peodude:thumbsup:
#29
i paid £100 for mine, this is a bargain, i want another one :)
#30
Fan-tab-ulous price have some heat :-D
#31
all the time these offers keep coming up its forcing me to upgrade my pc but with nehalem round the corner i'm tempted to wait
1 Like #32
Samsung drives have some of the highest defect rates in the business. If you vaue your data dont use samsung drives !
1 Like #33
sfarieq
I'm going to wait til it drops to £40


Yeah maybe 50. Let's wait for Christmas
1 Like #34
Ordered. I've had nothing but good experiences with samsung drives. I guess it's the luck of the draw.

Kaprikawn
Might get another to run a mirror raid so I don't have to make backups.


You'll still have to make backups. If the raid controller dies or you get corruption you'll be in trouble. RAID is for high availability or enhanced performance and is not a backup solution.
#35
sata is backwards compatible aswell.
1 Like #36
unclesomebody
wow. a 5TB raid setup is within reach!


Yeah, and that'll be really hndy for you won't it big boy?
1 Like #37
alera
Samsung drives have some of the highest defect rates in the business. If you vaue your data dont use samsung drives !


Where are the links with the facts please? Please post.
#38
splender
Where are the links with the facts please? Please post.


Yeah I would like to know too.
banned#39
Ive already got one of these. If i get a another one, can i have both of these in my computer without settng a RAID configurement? Like i have 2 IDE's and 1 of these in SATA II. Will it also mean that transferring things between the 2 sata drives will give me the blazing speeds? Thanks to whomever responds.
#40
Adnan786
Ive already got one of these. If i get a another one, can i have both of these in my computer without settng a RAID configurement? Like i have 2 IDE's and 1 of these in SATA II. Will it also mean that transferring things between the 2 sata drives will give me the blazing speeds? Thanks to whomever responds.


Yeah of course you can have 2 drives in your system without running raid, and yeah transfer rate between the two should be pretty fast.. :-D

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