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Samsung SpinPoint 500GB SATAII £56.99

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Simply powerful, Samsung HDD solutions offer high performance, speed, and dependability demanded in today's computing environments. Samsung hard drive provides reliable data storage for any up-to-date mission critical applications on your PC, including video, audio and multimedia data. Samsung HDD solutions represent the value choice for the storage needs of your PC.


Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Interface Support;
SATA Native Command Queuing Feature set;
Device Initiated SATA Power Management;
Staggered Spin-up Support;
High Speed Dual Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Based Architecture;
ATA S.M.A.R.T. Compliant;
ATA Automatic Acoustic Management Feature Set;
ATA 48-bit Address Feature Set;
ATA Streaming Feature Set;
ATA Device Configuration Overlay Feature Set;
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btw: It is only £3.00 off, normally only £59.99
Got one of these drives last year in November. Silent, reliable and performing well
(had good reviews)
Oops, cant remember putting the link in, i thought about it only being £3 off, but hey still a 500GB for under £60
anyone know a cheap external eclosure that can house a couple of these hard drives?
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Currently considered the best hard drive available for the money on the PC Pro A list (and at a higher price).

Verdict: A fast, capacious and big-value hard disk that's equally at home in either a PC or a home server

The most obvious attraction of the Samsung SpinPoint T series - and especially the HD501LJ model - is that it's great value. At the time of writing the 500GB SpinPoint T can be had for £51 exc VAT - just 10.2p per Gigabyte, some 20% cheaper than its A List predecessor, the SpinPoint P120.

Running costs are lower too: though few of us audit every Watt in our system, it's good to know you're using one of the most efficient drives around, consuming just 8.2W when idle. For comparison, Western Digital's comparable 500GB model consumes 8.9W, Seagate's draws 9.3W and Hitachi's is quoted at 9.6W. If you leave your PC or server on all the time, those units start to add up.

The SpinPoint T also boasts all the right credentials when it comes to performance: 7,200rpm spindle speed, a 16MB buffer and a competitive seek time of 13.9ms (9.7ms when adjusted for average rotational latency). Seagate claims to undercut this by a millisecond or two, but in actual use we doubt you'd ever notice the difference. This applies especially if you're using Vista, which aggressively

In benchmark tests it achieved a read speed of 79.8MB/sec and a write speed of 76.6MB/sec for a single 100MB file - a superb performance that puts it clearly ahead of competing half-terabyte SATA units from Western Digital (77.2MB/sec read, 68.0MB/sec write), Hitachi (75.3MB/sec read, 64.6MB/sec write) and Seagate (58.7MB/sec read, 63.6MB/sec write). It also led the pack when the tests were repeated with a 100MB "real world" collection of smaller files, achieving an overall speed of 28.3MB/sec reading and 12.0MB/sec writing.

Like almost all modern drives, the SpinPoint T uses a SATA/300 data interface, with SATA/150 available via a jumper setting. Notably, though, it won't accept power via a standard 4-pin Molex-type plug: its only power socket is of the newer SATA type. Thankfully, the only difference between the two connectors is the physical shape of the plug, and converters only cost a few pounds, so it's easy enough to drive the SpinPoint T from an older power supply.

If you're particularly concerned about reliability then Samsung's three-year warranty might bother you - it's on par with what you'd get from Hitachi or Western Digital, but if you were to pay a little more for a Seagate unit you'd get an extra two years' cover. In our experience, though, a drive that survives for anywhere near three years without failing will almost invariably go on to outlive its usefulness, so we can accept a three-year warranty without too much anxiety.

Presuming you can do the same, we're happy to recommend the SpinPoint T as an excellent candidate for your next upgrade.

It worth mentioning that samsung have a three year warranty as do other disk manufacturers with the exception of seagate who offer protection for five.

Furthermore, the Samsung disk listed here is a T series, now superseded by the F series which offers up to a TeraByte (1TB) of storage, but the cost per meg is 50% higher but has moved away from the molex power supply so is unlikely to work without an adapter in most pre 2005 machines.
anyone know a cheap external eclosure that can house a couple of these hard drives?

may as well get something like this from amazon than buy your own case, unless you specifically want a samsung drive inside.
Would this SATA work with a PS3, by any chance.?
Would this SATA work with a PS3, by any chance.?

No the ps3 uses a 2.5" sata drive. This is a 3.5" drive.
anyone know a cheap external eclosure that can house a couple of these hard drives?

I bought the Freecom Classic 500gb USB it uses this drive last week for £69.99 delivered from Ebuyer
Does anyone know if these drives are good to go in a freecom 35 media player enclosure....


Does anyone know of a perfect media player set up sub £150

I got one of these last week from

It was on a "today only" offer for £56.39 so I bought it since I get free delivery from them (i29).

It is an awesome hard drive. Very quiet and fast!
What speed is it?(7200)?:?

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