1.5TB Samsung Spinpoint,  32MB Cache £65.79 @Scan.co.uk
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1.5TB Samsung Spinpoint, 32MB Cache £65.79 @Scan.co.uk

£65.79
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Found 5th May 2010Made hot 5th May 2010
Probably the best £ / Gig at the moment !
Todayonly, third time ! ! (expires 13:00 tomorrow - probably ...) Free shipping available (see forums for details) or + £6.99

HD154UI Spinpoint F2 DT EcoGreen, SATA 3Gb/s, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ

Comes with a 3 Year warranty.

Also Available at Ebuyer for £69.99 for those who can't be bothered getting free shipping from Scan. (I prefer Scan for their customer service personally.) - Credit to derekc2002 who spotted this.

82 Comments

Definitely best £/GB and an excellent drive.

I see Aria have the 2TB for £90.46 at the moment, but you then have carriage on top for a total of £98.63

If you have to pay carriage at Scan the the £/GB is about the same for both deals.

The samsungs are not as reliable but at this price it's definitely worth it! I paid £100 for a 1.5TB about 6 months ago.

Also with Scan you can pick the stuff up from their stores (unlike aria).

good price but for me samsung doesn't have proven reliability

data is too important so for an extra £10-£15 i would go for western digital caviar black or seagate 7200.12 both with 5 year warranty...:thumbsup:

Good price, could do with a second drive so I can reserve my F3 for applications and games. Rather short on funds at the moment...

good price

The difference of reliability between brands is very small, certainly not enough to say that Samsung is more or less reliable than other brands. The *only* way to guarantee your data is to backup.

Samsungs have proved to be very reliable for me. Running a dozen or so at the moment and have used them almost exclusively for about five years now. WD drives are getting a pasting at the moment for their questioned suitability for use in Linux based NAS systems. Something to do with an overly aggressive head parking algorithm. I can't vouch for whether it is a genuine problem, but merits research before buying WD.

I have a WD in an Acer Revo and that drive is going on the fritz, will be replacing it this evening with a Samsung before it dies.

I don't want to start a flame war, every manufacturer has their good and bad times. Just offering my personal experience.

The other point to consider with WD drives is their use of 4K sectors on the large drives.

andycraze;8532175

... i would go for western digital caviar black or seagate 7200.12 both … ... i would go for western digital caviar black or seagate 7200.12 both with 5 year warranty ... :



Check your facts!

Very few drives have 5 year warrantys these days, those that do will be more than double this price.

In fact very few drives on sale now have a genuine 3 year manufacturers warranty.

These Samsungs are grey imports and you have to rely on SCAN to honour any warranty over one year. The Samsung warranty checker wll reveal these drives to be non-European and their UK service agent will not touch them.

weiran;8532227

The difference of reliability between brands is very small, certainly not … The difference of reliability between brands is very small, certainly not enough to say that Samsung is more or less reliable than other brands. The *only* way to guarantee your data is to backup.

Indeed. A case of being hung up on brand names.

Great price for size but..........its a samsung so I wont be buying.

These spin point drives are so unreliable in my experience. Get 2 and mirror is my advice if you are using for backups. They run very hot as well so make sure you have a decent fan and ventilation in your case.

I much prefer western digital green drives myself. They are almost silent, give off hardly any heat and are very very reliable in my experience. I voted hot though as it is a great price for this drive.

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alera;8532351

Great price for size but..........its a samsung so I wont be buying. … Great price for size but..........its a samsung so I wont be buying. These spin point drives are so unreliable in my experience. Get 2 and mirror is my advice if you are using for backups. They run very hot as well so make sure you have a decent fan and ventilation in your case.I much prefer western digital green drives myself. They are almost silent, give off hardly any heat and are very very reliable in my experience. I voted hot though as it is a great price for this drive.



Not acording to the review on tomshardware, says that the temps are OK :
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rather buy a wd, seagate or hitachi. Not risking my data with a samsung.

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Shock;8532416

rather buy a wd, seagate or hitachi. Not risking my data with a samsung.



Lol, if you posted a deal for a Hitachi or a seagate, you would have people saying the same :roll:

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andycraze;8532175

good price but for me samsung doesn't have proven reliabilitydata is too … good price but for me samsung doesn't have proven reliabilitydata is too important so for an extra £10-£15 i would go for western digital caviar black or seagate 7200.12 both with 5 year warranty...:thumbsup:



You are right about it being £15 odd quid more but you fail to mention that its also 33% less in hard drive capacity for that extra amount.

And hot deal btw. Allot of people prefer Samsung over Seagate or Htachi anyday

Or £69.99 delivered at ebuyer if you don't qualify for free delivery at Scan.

good drive, installed it earlier this week, fast, quiet and cooler than my seagates.

h and r OP

Not acording to the review on tomshardware, says that the temps are OK :



But not in my personal experience with Samsung drives. I had 2 brand new ones fail within 6 months of purchase and they both ran very very hot. They are also noisy so no good for DVRs or media pcs. Main thing is reliabiliy, data is too important due to personal experience I will never buy them regardless of price as I cant trust them.

djfluff;8532445

Lol, if you posted a deal for a Hitachi or a seagate, you would have … Lol, if you posted a deal for a Hitachi or a seagate, you would have people saying the same :roll:



Oi, don't go trying to make me buy another HD on top of the PSU you made me buy!

But I just don't like samsung stuff, and only bought a Hitachi 1TB a week ago, to go with my 1TB Seagate. Do like WD Blacks but its just a bit too expensive.

hotukdeals.com/ite…ta-

and you are right.. ppl did complain about the Hitachi... :-D

Just to put my two pennorth in, I have had two brand new Samsung drives fail on me, one 1tb and one 500gb. Both had to be sent back so I was without them for 5 weeks. Accepted they were replaced but the partitions just went a*s* up and read 100gb on one when it was a 1tb. Have since got Hitachi, no probs and I got three Seagate with no issues. For me Samsung are unproven, but a good price nonetheless. One was 3 months old and the other 8 months. Not ideal for me!!

Got 3 samsungs in my server and no issues at the moment all running at 25oc (which i hope is ok )

how do you get free shipping?

bhavesh01;8532654

how do you get free shipping?



avforums.com/for…php

brookheather;8532718

http://www.avforums.com/forums/scan_offer.php



Just tried using this and its not working. Im a member at avforums that meets the criteria. But Its not letting me have free shipping on this item. Its letting me have free shipping on other items, but not this one!

It says they are not designed to be used in a desktop.

Strange comment. I assume its because they are OEM so have no screws cables etc with it but still seems a stupid thing to say.

BTW where does it mention the 3 year warranty?

mr.potato_head;8532747

It says they are not designed to be used in a desktop.Strange comment. I … It says they are not designed to be used in a desktop.Strange comment. I assume its because they are OEM so have no screws cables etc with it but still seems a stupid thing to say.BTW where does it mention the 3 year warranty?



It's because its not a 7200 rpm drive, they are really designed for a NAS or external drive.

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mr.potato_head;8532747

It says they are not designed to be used in a desktop.Strange comment. I … It says they are not designed to be used in a desktop.Strange comment. I assume its because they are OEM so have no screws cables etc with it but still seems a stupid thing to say.BTW where does it mention the 3 year warranty?



Bottom of the page :

For further information regarding Scan's warranty procedure please click … For further information regarding Scan's warranty procedure please click hereDetailsDuration: 36 monthsType: DirectDOA Period: 28 daysRTB Period: 1 monthsManufacturer Contact DetailsManufacturer: SamsungTelephone: 0845 726 7864

Can it not be used in my desktop then ?

I have for 2 SATA ports free and planning to buy one.

grumpyone;8532339

These Samsungs are grey imports and you have to rely on SCAN to honour … These Samsungs are grey imports and you have to rely on SCAN to honour any warranty over one year. The Samsung warranty checker wll reveal these drives to be non-European and their UK service agent will not touch them.



I would double check with Scan about any warranty after the 1st year. From my experience (and a few others), if the drive is discontinued within the 3 years warranty period, Scan will only give a partial refund and does not do a straight swap for an equivalent drive.

The price definitely looks good, but because it's a Samsung, I'm giving it a miss. I have had 3 x F1 that gone down between 2 weeks and 16 months, and recently a brand new F3 which I added to my RAID 5 configuration, and the RAID card complaining its faulty. Admittedly, I leave mine on 24/7. Don't get me wrong, I've been a fanboy of Samsung HDDs and had 6 of them, but since these problems, it really gives me the doubt. Luckily I have my important files backed up on a separate (WD) drive :whistling:

Heat+ for the value for money though.

loopie;8532949

It's because its not a 7200 rpm drive, they are really designed for a NAS … It's because its not a 7200 rpm drive, they are really designed for a NAS or external drive.



But surely it is still perfectly adequate to put in a PC if it is just for storage and not using it to store your O/S and boot from it.

Original Poster

sreddy;8533103

Can it not be used in my desktop then ?I have for 2 SATA ports free … Can it not be used in my desktop then ?I have for 2 SATA ports free and planning to buy one.



You can use it in your desktop. Not the fastest drive in the world, but lots of storage for your money:thumbsup:

Thanks for that, I am not after the fast disk, I need more space.

I think I will go with it.


Heat added

Thanks

I don't normally post but there is so much misinformation in this thread by clueless people.

These drives are not hot or unreliable. The run quietly, are very cool and use less electricity.

I have a 20tb array full of F3EG samsungs, under full load they are 32 degrees C and you simply can't hear them. Technically they are not raid drives as the error timeout is greater than seven seconds, but you can enable TLER if needed using tools out there.

Western Digital Green Power drives are good too, but usually a few percent higher in price, (EARS/EADS), be careful if buying EARS drives as they have a new 4k sector size which causes problems in XP and you need to run WDalign to resolve.

All drives pull over 100mb/sec, due to dense platters.

In summary Samsung Spinpoint F3 eco green drives are good value, and perform well.

cloud1;8533406

I don't normally post but there is so much misinformation in this thread … I don't normally post but there is so much misinformation in this thread by clueless people.These drives are not hot or unreliable. The run quietly, are very cool and use less electricity.I have a 20tb array full of F3EG samsungs, under full load they are 32 degrees C and you simply can't hear them. Technically they are not raid drives as the error timeout is greater than seven seconds, but you can enable TLER if needed using tools out there.Western Digital Green Power drives are good too, but usually a few percent higher in price, (EARS/EADS), be careful if buying EARS drives as they have a new 4k sector size which causes problems in XP and you need to run WDalign to resolve.All drives pull over 100mb/sec, due to dense platters.In summary Samsung Spinpoint F3 eco green drives are good value, and perform well.



This is an f2.

But not bad for a 1st post.

My drive arrives tomorrow but bought from ebuyer for £69.99, I hope you are right.

I just went to get one, and came through as £70.48 Inc VAT, am I looking at right one...

You have to order from the 'Today Only' page, not the product page.

Follow the go to deal link in the original post, and order from there.

bytemaster;8531988

Definitely best £/GB and an excellent drive.I see Aria have the 2TB for … Definitely best £/GB and an excellent drive.I see Aria have the 2TB for £90.46 at the moment, but you then have carriage on top for a total of £98.63If you have to pay carriage at Scan the the £/GB is about the same for both deals.


i have this drive..its slow to start up and runs slow - 5400rpm...its not the best drive but its good value - i wouldnt use it as a main drive only due to the speed/startup but fine for backups

To all those complaining about reliability. The only real problems Samsing had were with the F1 drives. The F2/F3 (eco or not) are superb drives and VERY reliable.
Certainly better than the 2 WD 1TB green drives that have failed on me in the last 6 months...

andycraze;8532175

good price but for me samsung doesn't have proven reliabilitydata is too … good price but for me samsung doesn't have proven reliabilitydata is too important so for an extra £10-£15 i would go for western digital caviar black or seagate 7200.12 both with 5 year warranty...:thumbsup:


so who has proven reliability?
I used to only by WD drives, my bro has had same probs with seagates...but they are just as bad as everyone else..prob seems to be the thirst for bigger drives...because of the way they design these bigger drives means there are more moving parts which means more chance of a failure - i have a 10 year old 250 western digital external drive - no probs - ive had 6 drives fail since then - all 500gb-1tb - some lasted 4 months, some 1 week!
my samsung is fine so far - had for 1 year

Got one of these currently in the process of being RMA'd as a chip has blown on the logic board, its just took 300+Gig of music with it that luckily I'd got backed up.

If you have suspicions about a drive it may be worth checking the manufacture's web site for firmware releases. I had a seagate which made clicking noise, and a firmware upgrade seemed to cure the issue - may have been a one off, but worth a quick check. Ive had issues with all sort of makes of drive, guess there is a degree of pot luck.

Seems to have gone up to £70.48 now.
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