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Samsung SpinPoint 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB Cache - £59.99 (or £49.99) del. @ ebuyer !

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Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB Cache - £59.99 (or £49.99) del. @ ebuyer ! Going via Google checkout should get this for £49.99 delivered. Features : Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Interf… Read More
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Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB SATAII Hard Drive 16MB Cache - £59.99 (or £49.99) del. @ ebuyer !

Going via Google checkout should get this for £49.99 delivered.

Features : 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 | NoiseGuard | SilentSeek.
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#1
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#2
Great deal, shame I've ordered yesterday WD 500GB...

Heat added
#3
Just would like to get a quick advise. I'm looking to buy external HDD for laptop and now can't decide either buy Lacie 500Gb USB or this drive with usb 2.0 enclosure (i.e. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119512)
Any suggestions? Thank you!
#4
Guttter I brought the WD 500GB Drive on Thursday Evening, only cost me £52 but would have prefered the Samsung

Nice Deal though
#5
valentins
Just would like to get a quick advise. I'm looking to buy external HDD for laptop and now can't decide either buy Lacie 500Gb USB or this drive with usb 2.0 enclosure (i.e. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119512)
Any suggestions? Thank you!


Buying a caddy lets you decide on the HDD manufacturer and model. The Lacie unit could have any drive inside.
#6
valentins
Just would like to get a quick advise. I'm looking to buy external HDD for laptop and now can't decide either buy Lacie 500Gb USB or this drive with usb 2.0 enclosure (i.e. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119512)
Any suggestions? Thank you!

The item in the link is an enclosure only, are you sure thats the correct link?
#7
harlzter
The item in the link is an enclosure only, are you sure thats the correct link?


Yes, I am considering to buy enclosure seperately + interenal drive from this post :)
Would it give better performance that external drive from Lacie or Freecom? :oops:
#8
Anyone recommend any cheap NAS enclosures to go with this?
#9
mikeyp
Anyone recommend any cheap NAS enclosures to go with this?


Don't know if it is cheap but looks interesting :)

http://www.safekom.com/code/prd/8/NAS.html

http://www.safekom.com/default.aspx?catid=8&subcatid=0
#10
I did post this on Friday, but it has dropped a few quid -

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110594
#11
luke997
Great deal, shame I've ordered yesterday WD 500GB...

Heat added
Me too .... can't complain though at these prices with free delivery aswell :)
#12
saving google checkout is for 1st timers only but still voted hot.
#13
will these internal hard drives work will any computer? what's the difference between "SATA" and "IDE" drives?
#14
I just paid £52 for the Western Digital SATAII 500GB KS drive, I prefer WD drives as they're quiter than SpinPoint drives.
#15
How reliable are these drives?

Would they work in an XBOX (original big fat ones), with a SATA>IDE converter? (softmodded xbox).

Amazing price!
#16
Spies
I just paid £52 for the Western Digital SATAII 500GB KS drive, I prefer WD drives as they're quiter than SpinPoint drives.


SpinPoint drives are quieter than WD drives - all the reviews says so, search google and youll see.
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Spies
I just paid £52 for the Western Digital SATAII 500GB KS drive, I prefer WD drives as they're quiter than SpinPoint drives.


I respectfully disagree, SpinPoint drives are quiter than WD ones. They're highly recommended for media centres where noise should be kept at minimum. Search the forums on the internet and you'll see what I mean.

My media centre (that I built four years ago) uses two SATAII 300gb WD drives and they're a bit on the noisy side. I'm going to build a new media centre this year and I've been doing a bit of research on the internet, that's how I know.

I will certainly buy SpinPoint drives for my new media centre.
#18
Can we bring performance into the equation aswell? :)

Also note that I specifically referred to the KS drives as these are the quietest ones, JB ones are notably louder for example :)
#19
Ordered, been waiting a while for a 500Gb to drop below £50.

Don't forget to order your SATA cable as well :thumbsup:
#20
I'm building a clear case (danger den water box plus) PC. So i hope to use a WD Raptor X 150GB so it will look neat being able to see the HD drive spinning through the case. I will also possibly purchase a 160GB samsung spinpoint which will be stacked under the Raptor.

My question is, IS this possible to raid these two different HD's together?

If I understand correctly The samsung will only read or be usable as a 150GB in this setup but thats ok.

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Or how about If a just purchase two Samsung Spinpoint 500GB HD's to be use in RAID-0.
Then use the WD Raptor X 150GB on it own still stacked above the two Spinpoint for visual effect?

This maybe better as getting alot more HD capacity for my money for only around £60 more than above idea.

If I did this though what would i use the Raptor disc mainly for and what the Raid-0 two for please to efficiently get best perfomance out this proposed set-up?

Thanks in advance for any kind help. This forum is excellent!
#21
flashpanther
I'm building a clear case (danger den water box plus) PC. So i hope to use a WD Raptor X 150GB so it will look neat being able to see the HD drive spinning through the case. I will also possibly purchase a 160GB samsung spinpoint which will be stacked under the Raptor.

My question is, IS this possible to raid these two different HD's together?

If I understand correctly The samsung will only read or be usable as a 150GB in this setup but thats ok.

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Or how about If a just purchase two Samsung Spinpoint 500GB HD's to be use in RAID-0.
Then use the WD Raptor X 150GB on it own still stacked above the two Spinpoint for visual effect?

This maybe better as getting alot more HD capacity for my money for only around £60 more than above idea.

If I did this though what would i use the Raptor disc mainly for and what the Raid-0 two for please to efficiently get best perfomance out this proposed set-up?

Thanks in advance for any kind help. This forum is excellent!


Does the speed and the look of the Raptor really warrant 350Gb less space (if you didnt go with the two 500Gb), its a question only you can answer, but it would be no for me. That said, I think the raid set up you mention could be achieved, if a little tricky as the mobo might not like it... hmmm
#22
actually if i went for a Raptor and Samsung in Raid together I'd only get 300GB disk space.

A 500Gb drive for £50 each on ebuyer is not much more than a 160GB elsewhere.

So Prop gonna put two Samsung 500GB together in Raid-0 and then have the extra Raptor as separate HD (not in raid) so can use it's effect in clear case pc build.

This way I'll have 1T 160GB (1160GB) for only £50 more than 300GB set up I considered.

Think I'd like to know is how best to use the drives. IE raptor for Windows system files and OS and Raid-0 spinpoints for all software and saved files etc? I'm lost on this issue.

Anyway got to create two more emails to get the spinpoints from ebuyer with £10 discount off each of them before 5pm and times flying by LOL.
#23
Do you really need to raid the 500gb drives? If one fails, 1TB is an awful lot of data to lose.

Unless you have some way of backing it up?
#24
I thought Raid-0 was substancially faster for access and saving - and worth it?
#25
flashpanther
I thought Raid-0 was substancially faster for access and saving - and worth it?
It is, but do you _really_ need that speed? 500GB drives are no slouch by themselves.
#26
Drives are so cheap these days it doesn't really matter.

I've had 4 x 250GB Hitachi hard drives in RAID0 for the best part of 2 years without a hitch.

I don't store important data on them, its for speed not capacity anyway. Got everything under the sun installed on them and still have 400GB spare. Have a seperate 500GB external drive that contains a backup image incase I wanna go back an then another 2 x 500GB Hitachis for streaming stuff to me xbox 360.

Pointless worrying about data loss....what exactly is it you would lose? "important" stuff couldn't possibly total more than 10-20GB obviously don't store that on there.
#27
Depends what people consider to be important though doesn't it?
#28
Spies
It is, but do you _really_ need that speed? 500GB drives are no slouch by themselves.


You obviously haven't tried a RAID0 setup,Obviously its not for everyone, but it significantly speeds up loading of windows\apps\games\copying files etc etc.

If all you do is run office apps and play the odd game then year sure, prolly aint needed, but in this day and age we do what we like not what we need.

I'm sure I could live off bread and water, does that mean I shouldn't crack open a bottle of wine and pamper myself?

I think money saving has gone to a lot of peoples heads here to the point of cutting off their nose to spite their face.
#29
Spies
Depends what people consider to be important though doesn't it?


Yeah defo, sorry I didn't mean to come across all arrogant just then. Just you see a lot of comments on this sort of thing, and i guess it comes down to what your into (being a nerd an that) :)

Bang for buck - RAID0 is superb value. Plonking together 2-4 cheap drives for the cost of 1 Raptor. You get way way faster read\writes, several times the capacity. Just not the looks and you need a decent sized case....higher error rates too, generally though, drives either work flawlessly "forvever" or they break after a couple of months. Always covered on the warranty :)
#30
[SIZE=2]I run a RAID5 at work so I'm more than familiar with RAID levels, RAID5 is the best trade-off in terms of performance and fault tollerence, RAID6 is even better but the controller cards get silly expensive :)[/SIZE]
#31
robo989
Yeah defo, sorry I didn't mean to come across all arrogant just then. Just you see a lot of comments on this sort of thing, and i guess it comes down to what your into (being a nerd an that) :)

Bang for buck - RAID0 is superb value. Plonking together 2-4 cheap drives for the cost of 1 Raptor. You get way way faster read\writes, several times the capacity. Just not the looks and you need a decent sized case....higher error rates too, generally though, drives either work flawlessly "forvever" or they break after a couple of months. Always covered on the warranty :)


Ah... I wondered why I went through a few spinpoints on my first PC build over 2 years ago. 3 got corrupt and I could only use them in a HD enclosure(1 died completely rattling madly). So Samsung will replace then on warranty then? THIS SO? (damn it if so as I went through 3 in 3 months and never bothered with warranty as thought it would be futile and a knightmare).

Anyway I went through two new google accounts and purchase 2 of the 500GB spinpoints from ebuyer. £100 for 1TB can't be bad.

I'll put em' in RAID-0. Otherwise I'm just slowing down my PC.

Still getting a Raptor X 150GB though for £127 from BT shop (best deal).

Don't know how to config the drive though (ie use of the Raid-0 drives and use of raptor in my new build - Advice appreciated)
#32
Samsung drives have always been the quietest drives i've known. but if you are looking for an external you'll end up paying more to put it together separately.
#33
Er.... what about this...

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#34
flashpanther
Ah... I wondered why I went through a few spinpoints on my first PC build over 2 years ago. 3 got corrupt and I could only use them in a HD enclosure(1 died completely rattling madly). So Samsung will replace then on warranty then? THIS SO? (damn it if so as I went through 3 in 3 months and never bothered with warranty as thought it would be futile and a knightmare).

Anyway I went through two new google accounts and purchase 2 of the 500GB spinpoints from ebuyer. £100 for 1TB can't be bad.

I'll put em' in RAID-0. Otherwise I'm just slowing down my PC.

Still getting a Raptor X 150GB though for £127 from BT shop (best deal).

Don't know how to config the drive though (ie use of the Raid-0 drives and use of raptor in my new build - Advice appreciated)

why get a raptor at only 150GB when your have 2 sammys RAID-0 1 TB and much faster than the raptor and cheaper ? or am i missing something here.
#35
Spies
Do you really need to raid the 500gb drives? If one fails, 1TB is an awful lot of data to lose.

Unless you have some way of backing it up?


when u raid them you have exactly the same info on each drive, so unless both fail you still have all your stuff on the other good drive.
#36
flashpanther
I thought Raid-0 was substancially faster for access and saving - and worth it?


The two drives I have in the media centre are setup as RAID-0 and the performance is fantastic!

Windows loads much faster than when I had one drive only.

I haven't tried a raptor before so can't comment on them.
#37
Daytrader
when u raid them you have exactly the same info on each drive, so unless both fail you still have all your stuff on the other good drive.


Two 500gb drives setup as RAID-0 give you nearly 1TB of space, no contingency

Two 500gb drives setup as RAID-1 gives you nearly 500gb of space with one drive mirroring the other, so if you lose one you'll have your data on the other.
#38



My first thought was "what's the catch?"

Well. That NAS drive supports IDE drives NOT SATA! SO please people don't buy this thinking the drive will fit into it.

A SATA NAS Would be required (for network access) but you get what you spend when it comes to NAS. Netgear have VERY good NAS stoarge but at a cost. (About £100 for their new SATA NAS Drive which has 2 sata slots and can be raided... also with ftp etc....)

Equally they have a £50 that will Raid 2 ide drives... however 2 * the one in the quote = more than £50, thus the Netgear would be a more valuable solution for an IDE drive in terms of future and scalability.
#39
refaey
Two 500gb drives setup as RAID-0 give you nearly 1TB of space, no contingency

Two 500gb drives setup as RAID-1 gives you nearly 500gb of space with one drive mirroring the other, so if you lose one you'll have your data on the other.

ah i see so what is the difference in haveing 2 setup as raid 0 or just 2 setup normally like C and D
#40
I guess raid-0 shares the disks to make it act as one physical drive. C and D would use them as seperate drives/partitions meaning your windows partition would be on one physical drive, instead of maybe being split into 2.

Raid0 is defined as Striped Raid. So for example data will be half on one drive, half on another.. so if you saved a 100kb file, 50kb on each drive, meaning when you access it, both drives get 50kb instead of one drive spending double time... Thats the theory anyway ;)

But once again if one fails, ur in a lot of trouble thus partioning is usually better. Raid1 even better still as mirroring is fantastic.

I see more risk in Raid-0 and would only ever use Raid 1 in a home environment for DR.

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