Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - £69.99 Delivered @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Stores Upto 114 Hours of Digital Video (DV)
Stores Upto 600 Hours of DVD Quality Video
Stores Upto 180 Hours of HD Quality Video

Features:
Environment friendly product with RoHS compliance
Serial ATA 3.0 Gbps Interface Support
Improved performance with dual-ARM based firmware
Improved recording stability over temperature with PMR
ATA S.M.A.R.T. Compliant
Advanced dynamic FOD control for best data integrity
ATA Automatic Acoustic Management Feature
Intelligent compensation of external disturbance
ATA 48-bit Address Feature
SATA Native Command Queuing Feature
ATA Device Configuration Overlay Feature
Device Initiated SATA Power Management
NoiseGuard
Rotational vibration sensor
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#1
Got the email myself also. Good price.

BFM
#2
very good price ! Seems like they are coming down slowly !
#3
4.6 pence per gig!!! we have a new record.
#4
jamesdew
4.6 pence per gig!!! we have a new record.


Wow, hard drive space is now almost as cheap as DVD-Rs, per GB! :thumbsup:
#5
popoyaya
Wow, hard drive space is now almost as cheap as DVD-Rs, per GB! :thumbsup:


I know, they are getting so cheap now back ups might as well be done on hard drives. Backup tapes should be obsolete imo.
#6
Crap - yesterday I was looking for two of these drives. ebuyer did not have any in stock. The next cheapest I found was with ScAn so I ordered it from them for £76.92 each
#7
Yes they are cheap - but be prepared for trouble.

Samsung HDD's are very unreliable always have been. I suffered several faulty drives a few years ago - but succumbed to the Scan £70 deal last week and bought two - sure enough one failed the Samsung diagnostic test. Just had the replacement delivered - tested OK - but really have no faith in them.

Take my advice and RUN the Samsung diag ...

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/ES_Tool.html

as soon as you get one - trouble with these large sizes - it takes around 6 hours to do a full surface scan!

Also there is some evidence that the Samsung diag utility actually overwrites some data as it tests - another reason for avoiding Samsung.

I will not be buying any Samsung disk in the future no matter how cheap they become!
#8
popoyaya
Wow, hard drive space is now almost as cheap as DVD-Rs, per GB! :thumbsup:

Not even close.. DVDs are around 5p a disc, it still has a way to go yet.
#9
Adamo
Not even close.. DVDs are around 5p a disc, it still has a way to go yet.


Where do you get them for 5p???. Cheapest I can usually find is about £10 per 100 disc, 10p each. :? At 5p they must be rubbish quality.
#10
Adamo
Not even close.. DVDs are around 5p a disc, it still has a way to go yet.


Must be a real quality disc your buying there, Instore sell "made in India" verbatim at £8 for 50 which is a few quid cheaper than SVP (normally) and no P&P charges. Even Shitpack, *cough cough* I mean Bulkpak are over 5p per disc.

If you've got a NAS or use something like MediaPortal then a HDD is infinitely better than a shed loads of dvds...
#11
Good price, I might well go for that, thanks! - hot hot hot :)
#12
jamesdew;6202427
I know, they are getting so cheap now back ups might as well be done on hard drives. Backup tapes should be obsolete imo.


Been using Hard disk for my backups for YEARS now!
#13
at my calculations, a 1tb drive is approximately 931gb formatted, so 1.5tb is 1396gb formatted approximately, so at £70, it works out at about 5p per gigabyte of usable space for this drive

a dvdr is 4.3gb of usable space, and the cheapest discs i have found delivered is the maxell 100 pack for £12.99 from play. these are decent quality discs that have ritek dye. i've had no problem with these discs at all. you might get cheaper if you buy in bulk, or get some crap discs that are probably overprints, but i usually just stick to the cheapest thing that works, and i can't often find anything cheaper than 100 discs delivered for £12.99 from anywhere, or even 50 discs delivered at a similar price. so it works out at approximately 3p per gb on a dvdr and 5p per gb on this drive. the benefit of the HD is it can read and write loads of times, whereas the dvdr can only be written once. the HD won't fit inside your dvd player as easily though. as to how long a 13p dvdr is going to last, well who knows. and you don't get a case or anything to hold it in at that price

i wouldn't suggest putting all your data on one drive without a backup, so get two or use your old drives as backup or something
#14
uni;6203167
i wouldn't suggest putting all your data on one drive without a backup, so get two or use your old drives as backup or something


What ever method of backing up, more than one copy is the ONLY way to do it!
Even when hard disks were much more expensive, they were still cheap compared to the grief of losing everything :oops:

I also back up ULTRA important data online too, but as that is a bit of a bind, that is a small amount, I don't use it for everything. Taking a copy to a friend or family member's house is a good idea as an alternative in case the place goes up in smoke!
#15
grumpyone
Yes they are cheap - but be prepared for trouble.

Samsung HDD's are very unreliable always have been. I suffered several faulty drives a few years ago - but succumbed to the Scan £70 deal last week and bought two - sure enough one failed the Samsung diagnostic test. Just had the replacement delivered - tested OK - but really have no faith in them.

Take my advice and RUN the Samsung diag ...

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/ES_Tool.html

as soon as you get one - trouble with these large sizes - it takes around 6 hours to do a full surface scan!

Also there is some evidence that the Samsung diag utility actually overwrites some data as it tests - another reason for avoiding Samsung.

I will not be buying any Samsung disk in the future no matter how cheap they become!


Thanks for the link and will try out on my samsung drives. Got to say my experiance of samsung has been the opposite. Have owned numerous drives over the years and never had one fail or develop any problems. Same cant be said about seagate though. I guess sometimes its the luck of the draw.
#16
Is this compatible with the PS3, if so it's a definite purchase
#17
SmashInt;6203544
Is this compatible with the PS3, if so it's a definite purchase

Nope, this is a 3.5" drive and the PS3 needs a 2.5"

They tend to be around the 500GB=£50-60 mark, although 1TB drives are coming onto the market (which might be too thick, buyer beware).
#18
SmashInt
Is this compatible with the PS3, if so it's a definite purchase


No, it's too large to fit into the HDD bay of the PS3. You'll need a 2.5in drive for the PS3, these are 3.5in drives.

Edit: ******, beaten to it. Jeez my phone is slow updating websites today.
#19
please can someone advise if this would be a good second bay drive for the netgear nas rnd2000 i have currently one drive in it a seagate barracuda 7200.11 1.5tb? or do i have to have matched drive?

thanks
#20
Crikey this is hot.

Drive is 5400 rpm mind, so slower than the 7200 rpm ones.
#21
sane
Nope, this is a 3.5" drive and the PS3 needs a 2.5"

They tend to be around the 500GB=£50-60 mark, although 1TB drives are coming onto the market (which might be too thick, buyer beware).


Reesty Tart
No, it's too large to fit into the HDD bay of the PS3. You'll need a 2.5in drive for the PS3, these are 3.5in drives.

Edit: ******, beaten to it. Jeez my phone is slow updating websites today.


Thanks, so 500GB is the biggest around, chepaest i've seen is this one from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001JSSDGU/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE anyone know any cheaper one's online?
#22
Thanks for posting, just ordered
#23
ideal hard drive for a popcorn hour :)

these can only go cheaper!
#24
Concern would be the warranty and whether this is an OEM drive -OEM drives tend to be 1 year back to purchase, rather than 3 year back to Samsung.
#25
SmashInt
Thanks, so 500GB is the biggest around, chepaest i've seen is this one from amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001JSSDGU/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE anyone know any cheaper one's online?


£56.99 ebuyer.

Toshiba have started shipping a 640gb drive to PC manufacturers so should be on the open market soon, but will be expensive at first.
#26
Sootie
Concern would be the warranty and whether this is an OEM drive -OEM drives tend to be 1 year back to purchase, rather than 3 year back to Samsung.


See the following post on the discussion board for this HDD (posted by me) for info concerning warranties, my three are warrantied until 2012.

http://forums.ebuyer.com/showpost.php?p=783351&postcount=44
#27
uni
at my calculations, a 1tb drive is approximately 931gb formatted, so 1.5tb is 1396gb formatted approximately, so at £70, it works out at about 5p per gigabyte of usable space for this drive

a dvdr is 4.3gb of usable space, and the cheapest discs i have found delivered is the maxell 100 pack for £12.99 from play. these are decent quality discs that have ritek dye. i've had no problem with these discs at all. you might get cheaper if you buy in bulk, or get some crap discs that are probably overprints, but i usually just stick to the cheapest thing that works, and i can't often find anything cheaper than 100 discs delivered for £12.99 from anywhere, or even 50 discs delivered at a similar price. so it works out at approximately 3p per gb on a dvdr and 5p per gb on this drive. the benefit of the HD is it can read and write loads of times, whereas the dvdr can only be written once. the HD won't fit inside your dvd player as easily though. as to how long a 13p dvdr is going to last, well who knows. and you don't get a case or anything to hold it in at that price

i wouldn't suggest putting all your data on one drive without a backup, so get two or use your old drives as backup or something


But how often do you use every little bit of space on a DVD, you have to take that into account too. If you a burning a load of 3 gig files you would have to use 1 disc for each even though much of the space would be wasted.
#28
nice deal
#29
grumpyone
Yes they are cheap - but be prepared for trouble.

Samsung HDD's are very unreliable always have been. I suffered several faulty drives a few years ago - but succumbed to the Scan £70 deal last week and bought two - sure enough one failed the Samsung diagnostic test. Just had the replacement delivered - tested OK - but really have no faith in them.

Take my advice and RUN the Samsung diag ...

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/ES_Tool.html

as soon as you get one - trouble with these large sizes - it takes around 6 hours to do a full surface scan!

Also there is some evidence that the Samsung diag utility actually overwrites some data as it tests - another reason for avoiding Samsung.

I will not be buying any Samsung disk in the future no matter how cheap they become!


Don't know why you've been so unlucky but the new F1 drives are very good and quiet I've never had one fail and my computer is on 24/7 and my oldest samsung drive is a 250gb that's been around for 4 years and its still fine. Just because you've had bad luck doesn't mean that these drives are rubbish, i had 2 western digitals go in one week a month back but I'm not shouting they are rubbish they where replaced by WD in 5 days if the supports rubbish then fair enough but you've just got a replacement so that cant be the case and if data loss is your issue you should have a good recent backup so data can be restored.
#30
is this the time to start building my freeNAS server.... anyone know if i could take the HD's out of one freeNAS server and a new server to recognise them. if so i'm sold.
#31
polly69
I've never had one fail and my computer is on 24/7

That's probably why it's still going - most drives fail when they're stopped and started (i.e. cool down).
#32
Rec'd the Ebuyer newsletter showing this item this morning.

Anyone care to comment on how quiet these drives are? For use in a HTPC.

How long is the warranty?

These are somewhat cheaper than the other drives I've been considering (WD Cavier Green 1.5TB). Decisions, decisions...

Cheekster.
#33
Hot Hot Hot.
Anyone know of a good USB2 enclosure for this?
#34
Got one in my Buffalo Livestation NAS. Barely audible hmm if you are right next to it, only rising to noticeable if you are doing lots of random access (eg head movement).

Cut the power requirements significantly when I installed it, no hassles with 24/7 usage.
#35
Sootie
Concern would be the warranty and whether this is an OEM drive -OEM drives tend to be 1 year back to purchase, rather than 3 year back to Samsung.

It does seem as if it is 3 year warranty which suggests that the OEM status just refers to the packaging and what the drive comes with rather than anything else.
You should be able to read the serial number through the packaging which means you can confirm the warranty length prior to installing it. If it's not 3 years then send it back to eBuyer at a small cost to yourself of the return postage.
Check the warranty here - http://www.rexo.co.uk/warranty.php
#36
I had the 1TB version of this which I suspect has 2 platters versus 3 on this one. I had to turn on the Acoustic Management to the quietest setting to make it tolerable for me and even then it was louder than my old Samsung 750GB with Acoustic Management turned off and that was a 7,200 rpm drive I think!
It’s certainly not loud in absolute terms but when you have been used to not hearing a hard drive at all even when defragging it’s a backward step to hear it on a daily basis even if not constantly.
The 1TB version is very cool running and didn’t require active cooling in my case and power consumption is low.

A few years ago I’d have been all over this but my last 2 Samsungs have put me off although I may just have been unlucky as there is sample variance of course.
I have the Hitachi 1TB 7K1000.B now and even though it’s 7,200 rpm and has better performance than this it’s quieter when I use acoustic management. The temps are quite a bit higher which surprised me as the power consumption seems similar so it does require active cooling.
#37
grumpyone
Yes they are cheap - but be prepared for trouble.

Samsung HDD's are very unreliable always have been. I suffered several faulty drives a few years ago - but succumbed to the Scan £70 deal last week and bought two - sure enough one failed the Samsung diagnostic test. Just had the replacement delivered - tested OK - but really have no faith in them.

Take my advice and RUN the Samsung diag ...

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/ES_Tool.html

as soon as you get one - trouble with these large sizes - it takes around 6 hours to do a full surface scan!

Also there is some evidence that the Samsung diag utility actually overwrites some data as it tests - another reason for avoiding Samsung.

I will not be buying any Samsung disk in the future no matter how cheap they become!


I'm sorry but this is tripe. Samsung drives being unreliable? I have to say they are the most reliable drives i have ever used. I'm a computer technician and when possible opt for samsungs. They are cool, whisper quiet and offer the best reliability next to western digital.

The reason you see comments like this is because people have had 1 drive that have failed and then in their frustration have to tell everyone how bad said drive manufacturer is.
#38
Adamo
Not even close.. DVDs are around 5p a disc, it still has a way to go yet.


I can tell you dont buy Taiyo Yudens... Or anything remotely decent :P

I buy tubs of 100 Taiyo Yuden TYG03 discs for £30, which equates to roughly 6.4p a disc. The reason I buy these high quality discs is I like the extra assurance that when properly stored the data will last far longer than some cheap crap you buy at 5p a disc, which will likely suffer from data corruption or disc failure within 2 or 3 years, not to mention the likelihood of higher coaster rates...

What im saying is that price per GB on hard drives are right alongside that of a DVD these days... Obviously there will be some cases where thats not true - for instance, cheapskates buying 5p discs are obviously much cheaper per GB, but those who are used to buying premium quality media, the price per GB on this drive is fantastic.

So it really depends on what your used to... Anyway, I have this drive and it's an absolute monster - runs cool, very quiet, and surprisingly quick. Not just quick...but way quicker than I expected. The drive I have seems to outperform most of the benchmark tests in the reviews out there.
#39
I've had a pair of them in my ReadyNAS for a couple of weeks now (from Dabs). Quiet and lower temperature than the Seagates, which both started to develop reallocated sectors at an alarming rate.
#40
Thrall
I'm sorry but this is tripe. Samsung drives being unreliable? I have to say they are the most reliable drives i have ever used. I'm a computer technician and when possible opt for samsungs. They are cool, whisper quiet and offer the best reliability next to western digital.

The reason you see comments like this is because people have had 1 drive that have failed and then in their frustration have to tell everyone how bad said drive manufacturer is.



I may be unlucky. One of my Samsungs failed last week (one month after the 1 year company warrentee expired - so have to go to manufacturer now!). Replaced it with a Western Digital 1tb Black instead. Hope that fares better. Its slightly loud though.

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