Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM £42.99 @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Just been doing some shopping and noticed this offer. Best I could find on the net. Also been posted before on here but at higher price. Also saying on website Free Delivery but guess thats with Super Saver 5 day option.

PLus buy Plexus Sata Cable at same time of ordering and save 3p

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 operates at 7200RPM and with this offering being 1TB of data storage capacity using just two 500GB per platter disks it offers suberb speeds. As well as meeting datacentre requirements for addition storage to meet rising demand and increasing performance needs, the new drives also deliver high-performance with lower power for desktop computers and servers.
The Samsung Spinpoint 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 drive.
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#1
Beware of warranty! Make sure it is UK stock with 3year warranty rather than Grey import which only carries 12months. My ebuyer Samsung 1TB died after 13months and now I wasted £48 on a replacement all because of saving a few quid at the time.
#2
I thought all OEM stuff was just 1 year warranty?
#3
Any good for Sky+ HD box harddrive upgrade ??
#4
How do you know if it is UK stock or grey import?
ninjin
Beware of warranty! Make sure it is UK stock with 3year warranty rather than Grey import which only carries 12months. My ebuyer Samsung 1TB died after 13months and now I wasted £48 on a replacement all because of saving a few quid at the time.


How do you know if it is UK stock or grey import?
#5
Just price matched at Amazon! http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=oss_product where it was £47.99 [I think] just a few minutes ago!

I'd ordered from Amazon where they were just a £1 more at £43.99 about a week ago.
#6
Can anyone confirm if this is 3years warranty or 1 year?
#7
Why does everyone keep asking this crap about warranty?

Check out the MTBF and use that as your basis for a claim under normal consumer legislation
#8
bigtaff
apologies if this is a stupid question but here goes...can i fit this into an enclosure to become a portable usb powered hard drive to hook up to my laptop...or will i be better off buying a portable hard drive?. cheers people....


Yes it will fit into an enclosure, though since it's a 3.5" HDD it will be a bigger enclosure than some. Many portable hard drives use 2.5" drives, which makes them slimmer, but the functions are identical, and you'd pay top whack for this capacity.

My favourite enclosure is the LaCie one from Play - I got one for £15 a few months ago but they've gone up to £17.50 now. Ebuyer has cheaper ones but they don't look as cool.
#9
ro888
Can anyone confirm if this is 3years warranty or 1 year?


would also like to know this!
#10
Any idea why these are getting so cheap? I near enough paid double this price not so long ago :(
#11
That's how storage (and computer components generally) works - the next 'big thing' is only ever a couple of months away, capacities are increasing, caches are getting larger, your 'top of the range' drive today will be old hat in 3 months.
#12
great deal, thanks for this. had my eye on the F3's for a while now and at this price you cant complain. will sit nicely in my new NAS :)
#13
mumbojumbo
If you check the serial number on Samsung's site you'll find out the warranty.
If it's OEM then the warranty is supposed to be provided by the PC manufacturer.
If it's a grey import, then it will say something like "out of region" and no support.

Follow the links:
http://www.rexo.co.uk/warranty.php



but how would you find out before you buy the hard drive?
#14
bigtaff
many thanks for the reply...i did want a 2.5" drive but i dont want the ghastly looking michael jackson one..i just want somethingto put all my music/movies on to play them throughmy laptop/tv....if i put this into an enclosure would it then be powered by the usb or would i have to plug it into the mains?...apologies for the doofus questions...i am a self confessed techno-mong........cheers

As far as I know, 3.5" drives like this are too power hungry to be powered by USB, any enclosure you get will no doubt have a separate mains power supply.
1 Like #15
I have this exact drive and paid less than this price many months ago from Scan. It's quiet but I find it to be too slow - I'm using Windows 7 64 bit on a high end system - my system is constantly waiting for it to finish accessing data. Already thinking of replacing it. Didn't notice any increased performance running it in SATA mode Vs IDE mode either - just takes longer to boot in SATA mode.
#16
Waldolf
Why does everyone keep asking this crap about warranty? Check out the MTBF and use that as your basis for a claim under normal consumer legislation

MTBF is not directly related to an expected lifespan of a device. It is an indication of failure rate rather than typical lifespan of the unit. Furthermore, certain faults are not defined by MTBF.
#17
wait for 2tb??? to be better vfm?
#18
psd99
wait for 2tb??? to be better vfm?


2TB are about 80-90 at the moment, so dont represent better value for money (£/gb). For some people 1TB is enough, for some its not. 2TB is all well and good if you have loads of movies/Blu rays but its also twice as much you lose if the drive fails. its all pro's and cons really.

for me the 1.5TB drives seem to represent best £/gb atm
#19
I've always bought OEM drive. Never bought a retail counterpart (which usually have 1 year warranties).

The OEM drives I have bought have always had a 3-5year warranty.

Of course, this was all before the grey imports started rolling out.

Is there any shop out there which guarantees a manufacturer's (full) warranty? There is no way i would pay for a drive with 1 year's warranty. I've RMA'd far too many drives to fall for that.

The long warranty is absolutely worth it.
#20
chrisjudd
That's how storage (and computer components generally) works - the next 'big thing' is only ever a couple of months away, capacities are increasing, caches are getting larger, your 'top of the range' drive today will be old hat in 3 months.


Yeah that is how it works in general although generally storage doesn't move on quite so fast and often you don't really need more cache. If you're after ultra high performance, go for an SSD. Otherwise, hard drive tech tends not to change very quickly and, as I said, cache doesn't matter a great amount to the average user. It depends what you're doing with the drive.
#21
Stop talking through your A** these are one of the fastest non ssd drives on the planet
i have 2 in raid 0 and get 300meg a sec
just ordered another from amazon for a 3x raid

2 of these raid 0 100gb boot partition
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/5807/f3100gb.jpg




Master_Yoda
I have this exact drive and paid less than this price many months ago from Scan. It's quiet but I find it to be too slow - I'm using Windows 7 64 bit on a high end system - my system is constantly waiting for it to finish accessing data. Already thinking of replacing it. Didn't notice any increased performance running it in SATA mode Vs IDE mode either - just takes longer to boot in SATA mode.


Edited By: Shonk on Aug 24, 2010 20:39: ..
#22
All,

The warranty on hard drives should not matter. Under the Sale of goods you should be covered if the item develops a fault within a reasonable time span of the life of that device. You would expect a hard drive to last at least 3 years normal wear and tear so you should have a case. While the warranty helps dont be put off going back to the retailer just because their own warranty has run out.

Good deal but I dont suppose anyone knows of an cheap 2 gig hard drive at the moment ?
#23
Redscope
I dont suppose anyone knows of an cheap 2 gig hard drive at the moment ?

Was going to make a sarcy comment but then remembered that my first HD was 20mb ;)
#24
frakison
bigtaff
many thanks for the reply...i did want a 2.5" drive but i dont want the ghastly looking michael jackson one..i just want somethingto put all my music/movies on to play them throughmy laptop/tv....if i put this into an enclosure would it then be powered by the usb or would i have to plug it into the mains?...apologies for the doofus questions...i am a self confessed techno-mong........cheers


As far as I know, 3.5" drives like this are too power hungry to be powered by USB, any enclosure you get will no doubt have a separate mains power supply.


Yes, the LaCie has an external PSU. I saw a friend recently using an external HDD with two USB plugs - it's the only way for an external drive to get enough power from the PC. Most if not all external enclosures use a separate PSU.
#25
Did a warranty check and I got this message.
'Code 103 The product has been brought in from outside of this service region and cannot be serviced. Please contact your reseller or distributor.'
#26
Ebuyer have to honour any warranty regardless of whether, grey, OEM etc. Sale of Goods state minimum of 12 months but it also can be made to be much longer. With Hard Drives it can be 3 years plus. The warranty period is sometimes just a coy with retailer. If this develops a fault after 18 motnhs you can go straight back to Ebuyer and demand repair/replacement as unit should have at least 3 year life span. If any product develops a fault it is the retailer and not manufacturer legal responsiblity to resolve. It is upto the retailer to seek reimbursement then from manufacturer, regardless of what they tell you.

After 2 months of hell with Samsung and there warranty I have spent many an hour going through vast amounts of websites for info and it is amazing how much we actualy dont know or understand when it comes to our rights as consumer
#27
ElliottC
MTBF is not directly related to an expected lifespan of a device. It is an indication of failure rate rather than typical lifespan of the unit. Furthermore, certain faults are not defined by MTBF.

If you pursue a civil claim or claim under SOGA etc then it is an indication which you would use to demonstate that the drive did not last as long as it should have and therefore inherently defective
#28
Waldolf
ElliottC
MTBF is not directly related to an expected lifespan of a device. It is an indication of failure rate rather than typical lifespan of the unit. Furthermore, certain faults are not defined by MTBF.
If you pursue a civil claim or claim under SOGA etc then it is an indication which you would use to demonstate that the drive did not last as long as it should have and therefore inherently defective

Is that related to MTBF in any way? I mean, a rate of failure which eschews certain faults as opposed to an expected lifetime? The MTBF bears no relation to Sales of Goods Act. Mention it in a court case in the above context and it will almost certainly be laughed out of court. How do you expect to argue an MTBF of several hundred years in a civil case based on an expected lifetime of several years under average usage?

In my book, "Mean Time Between Failures" means exactly that. It does not mean anything else, otherwise it would not be called MTBF! A mean time as in a statistical approximation. The entire string further translates to an approximation between failures. I'm not sure how that is equivalent to an expected lifetime to be used in the Sales of Goods Act which is based on a reasonable and sensible perception of life expectancy. The two are dichotomous.

Here's an explanation of MTBF:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_time_between_failures#Common_MTBF_misconceptions


Edited By: ElliottC on Aug 25, 2010 13:38: .
#30
I got 2 from amazon last week for £43.99 they also have 3 years
I have another coming from amazon for £42.99 should be here today or tomorrow
I expect that will be the same
#31
Now gone up to £47.99 at Amazon. Damn, should have ordered it yesterday when it was £42.99
#32
Faythur
Just price matched at Amazon! http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=oss_product where it was £47.99 [I think] just a few minutes ago!I'd ordered from Amazon where they were just a £1 more at £43.99 about a week ago.

I didn't think that Amazon had a price matching policy.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=1040614

Price Matching
Amazon.co.uk does not price-match with other retailers (including third-party sellers who sell their items on our website). We do, however, consistently work toward maintaining competitive prices on everything we carry.


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#33
expired, 47.99 now

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