Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - OEM - £57.61 Delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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I think this is the cheapest it has been. Same price on Ebuyer. The Samsung warranty on the drives supplied by Amazon is 3 years, but those from Ebuyer are only covered by them for 1 year (I have checked with them). The Amazon 'traditional' packaging appears to have been improved from earlier shipments, and is now ok.
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#1
I had been going to buy one of these due, to problems. The problems have gone now, so I'll give a miss. Good price though.
#2
The drive I had from Amazon had the full warrenty with Samsung. Time to get another I guess...
#3
Thanks for this - been waiting for the prices to drop (yet again).
#4
Thanks, just ordered myself one :) Who would've thought I'd need 6gb of space on my PC...?

HEAT ADDED!
#5
6gb of space on my PC...?


?Hehehe
#6
Good deal, think this sets a new all time low for cost of each TB!
#7
ladily
Thanks for this - been waiting for the prices to drop (yet again).

Me too but I wonder what price they'll be next month?
#8
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/western-digital-caviar-2tb-sataii-64mb-cache-3-5-inch-green-internal-hard-drive/899607/#post10864097

Bigger cache and longer warranty for £3 more? Just as long as you don't intend to stick it in a NAS..
#9
Only 5400 rpm for a 3.5" drive? I didn't know they made desktop drives that slow...
1 Like #10
yetanotherdave
Only 5400 rpm for a 3.5" drive? I didn't know they made desktop drives that slow...

slow spin speed doesnt always mean the drive will be slow to read/write.
#11
yetanotherdave
Only 5400 rpm for a 3.5" drive? I didn't know they made desktop drives that slow...
Absolutely fine for storing and streaming media or a NAS.
#12
bought two of these as recommended by another user, seems a good deal.

not bothered about speed as dvd storage etc..
#13
All Samsung drives have a 36 month warranty. I've had a few Samsung drives from eBuyer and they all show up as 'out of service area' but you just get eBuyer to replace them. I had one fail after 6 months and another fail after 26 months (these were older Samsung drives basically the 1Tb versions of these, HD103UJ).

In my experience they credit you and you can buy bigger drives for the same money =p

I have 2 of these drives (HD204UI) in a file server with 2 WD WD20EARS, they all work like a charm (touch wood). The 4 disks between them will do 140Mb/s over SMB (though I need like 3 clients to max them out).
#14
Cheers ordered 2, however i noticed that this drive http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-seagate-st2000dl003-barracuda-lp-green-sata-6gbps-64mb-cache-5900rpm-8ms has been getting amazing reviews best performance for an Eco drive at this price point.
#15
Pay the little extra and get a WD or Seagate drive, far more reliable imho.
3 Likes #16
Leftfield_2k2
Pay the little extra and get a WD or Seagate drive, far more reliable imho.
Not sure why people post these comments anymore. Everyone has had problems with some brand down the line. I had problems with 2 seagate drives I had recently so I wouldn't get them again.
#17
Leftfield_2k2
Pay the little extra and get a WD or Seagate drive, far more reliable imho.


Can't agree with that, I have had no end of trouble with Seagate drives, the Samsungs have been far more reliable. That is based my experience looking after a network with over 7000 machines. We only have a limited number of Western Digital drives, so I can't comment on their reliability, and the maxtor drives we have date back to before the Seagate merger.

If I were buying a drive for my own computer, based on personal experience at work and the experiences friends have had, I guess I would buy Samsung or WD.
#18
PhilK
I had been going to buy one of these due, to problems. The problems have gone now, so I'll give a miss. Good price though.

Oh Phil, what problems could you possibly have!?
1 Like #19
yetanotherdave
Only 5400 rpm for a 3.5" drive? I didn't know they made desktop drives that slow...
You can't go purely by spin speed. That's like saying a 1.6ghz Atom is faster than a CULV 1ghz.

The F4 5400rpm drives are faster than any of the 7200rpm drives on the market last year. Read the reviews.
#20
I have 6 Samsung drives. F2 - F4.

I also have 2 of the 2TB drives. Good for storage and nas but I wouldn't use one for the OS - just not fast enough.

My main PC has eight drives and you don't want them spinning all the time anyhow so you'll get a few seconds delay when waking up unless you turn off power options -> hard disks saving in Windows 7.

The F4 drives were not faster than any of the 7200rpm drives from last year. They are not as fast as the Samsung F3's that I have.
#21
The last F4 2TB I bought was from Aria on special with free delivery, think it was £54 or less but I think I need another one.

They make dvd and bluray media obsolete especially with the expensive unreliability of dual layer dvd and expensive blueray disks.
#22
lookng at the review and comparison with the WD on storage reviews:
http://www.storagereview.com/samsung_spinpoint_f4eg_review_hd204ui
there does not look to be much to choose between them, depending upon which test you choose one or the other is better - apply your own needs and take a choice I guess
#23
....for the record from the review I think hte Samsung looks better and being cheaper too.... I've made my choice...
banned#24
Ordered thanks.
2 Likes #25
Thanks to all those who have commented positively and voted this hot. This is my first posting, and it has gone rather well. Still, it was almost guaranteed to do well given the price and the previous interest in this drive!
#26
Good drive. bought it for £70 6 months ago on Ebuyer.

If anyone has problems with it, especially slow read and write speeds.
Update the firmware
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386

All drives from November 2010 will have the updated patch on.

Edited By: John87 on Mar 17, 2011 09:20: spelling :P
#27
I've been wanting 2 x 2TB drives to put in my D-Link NAS that I bought via here the other week.

Cheers OP!
#28
Gort1951
.................................................................. Good for storage and nas but I wouldn't use one for the OS - just not fast enough.....................................................................

I was going to use it for the OS.
Could someone suggest a faster for the OS?
#29
georget
Gort1951
.................................................................. Good for storage and nas but I wouldn't use one for the OS - just not fast enough.....................................................................


I was going to use it for the OS.
Could someone suggest a faster for the OS?


SSD would be the best
#30
Lots of discussions on here about using these in NAS devices ...

Is there anythig I would need to do to swap one of these in for an existing 500GB Sata drive (not my boot drive) ?
#31
I'd like to echo what dcx_badass has said: If you want to use these in a NAS then make sure your NAS supports drives with 4k sectors. My Thecus 4100 Pro doesn't, yet. There is a firmware upgrade (for the NAS) promised in the next month or two, so until then they're sat in their boxes. :(

These drives are now a couple of quid cheaper compared to when I ordered a few qeeks ago, so voted hot.

PS. They have a 3 year warranty.


Edited By: Sponge on Mar 17, 2011 12:36
#32
Have these drives had their firmware updated?

Edited By: Satan on Mar 17, 2011 12:43
#33
Excllent Drive, Cracking Price + Free Delivery, voted HOT.
#34
I've taken a look at the test pages that were posted.
If we take the fact that the price point on the two was all but indentical, which is the betteroption; this Samsung drive, or the 2TB Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green, SATA 3Gb/s, 5400+rpm, 64MB Cache, 8ms.
Are they all but indistinguishable for data storage, and are the pro/against opinions going to be wholly based on people having suffered failure from one or other of these drive/makes in the past?

I ordered the WD drive a couple of days ago from Scan at virtually the same price, and am wondering wether or not to go through the trouble of ordering this from Amazon and returning my WD...
#35
very hot
#36
HEAT + + + + +
#37
Just ordered a couple of these and the QNAP TS-210 from Amazon. Heat added. Thanks OP
2 Likes #38
If you want a performance drive you want a WD Caviar black not a Eco or Green.
#39
Will this work with Mede8er MED500x... i heard that there are issue with 4K sectors hard disks not recognised by the player..

Will this have teh firmware fix that samsung released in December?
#40
fmgod
If you want a performance drive you want a WD Caviar black not a Eco or Green.


Are they £60 for 2TB?

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