Samsung Spinpoint F3 2TB Hard Drive SATAII - £115.99 Delivered @ eBuyer - HotUKDeals
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The Samsung Spinpoint drive offers a superior combination of density, recording quality and reliability. It also features Samsung's industry-leading NoiseGuard and SilentSeek?echnologies 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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thanks for posting - been looking for one of these... does anyone else know of an even cheaper 2TB drive at the moment?

Don't want 2 1TB drives...
Would go for an external, but only as 2TB drive due to power use.

Added rep for posting... will wait to vote hot depending on what other's feedback with.
this one is £106.91 now, even cheaper than when originally posted.....

Although I have experience of the Samsung drives and have NEVER had a problem.... I can't speak for these Hitachi????
looking at buying 4 of these, anyone suggest a reliable NAS?
An reason to get this over the WD drive for £110?
An reason to get this over the WD drive for £110?

Read this:

Basically the Samsungs are better in RAID arrays. This is the main point:

Which action should a HDD take in a situation where it has a hard time reading or writing something :
Desktop disk - try unlimited times until success
RAID disk - try 7 seconds max, then report back it failed to read the requested sector

What do Controllers expect the disk to do :
Desktop controller - Wait for the disk to respond, hangup and halt operations until success
RAID controller - Wait max 8 seconds (often default value) then declare disk bad and evict/fail disk from raid set

Ideal situation :
RAID Controller with RAID disks. A disk develops a fault, tries for 7 seconds, then tells the RAID controller that it failed to read a sector. RAID controller acknowledges this and rebuilds sector from it's RAID, writes data to a different sector on the disks and marks the original sector as bad. RAID controller happy, Disk happy, no dropping disks!

As you can see, mixing a desktop disk with a raid controller can produce unwanted results. Disks will be dropped, while nothing is really wrong with it, etc. In the end, it will become almost impossible to rebuild the RAID array anymore. Over time (when disks inevitably start to develop minor faults) this problem will surface and gradually become worse.

It first came to light that any disk can do either, and that it's just a value in the firmware when WD leaked a tool with which this could be set. They quickly disabled the functionality in their newer revisions of firmware and drives, to try to keep selling their much more expensive RAID editions (50% increase in price, nothing in cost, good deal for them).

Read the rest of the article to understand more.
Just checked and the Samsung Spinpoint F3 2TB at Ebuyer is now down to £99.99 !
With 582 showing in stock for next day delivery
Maybe prices are dropping?
As it is also on Amazon and in stock for £104.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK

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