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Samsung 2TB SpinPoint HD203WI 3.5" SATA-300 5400RPM 32MB Cache £79.99 @ Dabs
Samsung 2TB SpinPoint HD203WI 3.5" SATA-300 5400RPM 32MB Cache £79.99 @ Dabs

Samsung 2TB SpinPoint HD203WI 3.5" SATA-300 5400RPM 32MB Cache £79.99 @ Dabs

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Not as fast as the Samsung F3EG 7,200rpm drive posted earlier, but this runs cooler, quieter and uses a third less power. Great for NAS drives, Media Servers, PVR's etc and as fast as most 7,200rpm drives due to high density 500GB platters.

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isn't the F3EG 5400 rpm?

blackster

isn't the F3EG 5400 rpm?



If its this one here, then yes its 5400 rpm

skykid3

If its this one here, then yes its 5400 rpm



so which 7200rpm model is the op reffering to?

blackster

so which 7200rpm model is the op reffering to?



The 1tb version i'd imagine

does this include delivery? i didn't know dabs did free delivery. that was the off putting thing about certain sites like aria and saverstores and misco, the original price might be fine, but shipping is another £6 or so on top, so it's cheaper from ebuyer or scan when you get free shipping

uni

does this include delivery? i didn't know dabs did free delivery. that … does this include delivery? i didn't know dabs did free delivery. that was the off putting thing about certain sites like aria and saverstores and misco, the original price might be fine, but shipping is another £6 or so on top, so it's cheaper from ebuyer or scan when you get free shipping



Delivery is free.

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Could 'ave looked at deal to see del. terms quicker'n typing 2 lines.

5400RPM is not good for video editing and encoding?

spakkker

Could 'ave looked at deal to see del. terms quicker'n typing 2 lines.



i did, but i couldn't see where it said free delivery. having used dabs in the past and being an avid reader of this site i expected postage to be charged as i never knew dabs did free delivery. by someone elses reply it looks like you need to add it to the basket to see free delivery

i'm actually surprised that dabs is cheaper for once, and for such a great item at a great price

Strike X

5400RPM is not good for video editing and encoding?



Video editing wouldn't see much benefit with a 7200/SSD.
Hard drive speed doesn't have much affect on encoding speed as that is mostly determined by CPU speed.

as fast as most 7,200rpm drives due to high density 500GB platters

Hmmm, what's that smell?

uni

does this include delivery? i didn't know dabs did free delivery. that … does this include delivery? i didn't know dabs did free delivery. that was the off putting thing about certain sites like aria and saverstores and misco, the original price might be fine, but shipping is another £6 or so on top, so it's cheaper from ebuyer or scan when you get free shipping



Dabs do free delivery on most orders over £50 (inc VAT)

pete_l

Hmmm, what's that smell?


It is absolutely true that the higher the density of the drive the faster it reads at the same speed. If you had a 100 smarties laid out in a row 10cm apart it would take longer to pick them up than if they were spaced 2cm apart assuming you moved at the same speed.

So it is with Hard Drives, If the platter has a higher density then in a single rotation you will pick up more data. Purely hypothetical but imagine a 250GB platter is able to store 25MB on a track where as a 500GB platter stores 50MB in the same track. One single revolution of the disc on the 250GB would only read 25MB where as a single revolution of the 500GB would read 50MB. So in theory the 250GB rotation speed would need to be twice as fast as to 500GB to achieve the same speed. In reality it is not as simple as that as there are more tracks and greater overhead for error correction as the particle sizes reduce, but it does mean that generally speaking comparing two drives with the same rotational speed and one having a higher aerial density than the other the higher capacity, high density drive will be faster.

Therefore there will be less performance gap between a high density slow drive and a low density fast drive than there would be between two drives with the same density platters.

anyone using these in a readynas?

The scan one has 36 months warranty. Anyone know about this one? One needs to tread with caution with OEM HD's so need to be sure.

Damn I just bought the one from Scan and there is no cancel button grrr.

xenept

The scan one has 36 months warranty. Anyone know about this one? One … The scan one has 36 months warranty. Anyone know about this one? One needs to tread with caution with OEM HD's so need to be sure.



Wouldn't Samsungs own warranty cover you for 2 years anyway? Its probably better to deal with them directly than the retailer.

K1LLER HORNET

Video editing wouldn't see much benefit with a 7200/SSD.Hard drive speed … Video editing wouldn't see much benefit with a 7200/SSD.Hard drive speed doesn't have much affect on encoding speed as that is mostly determined by CPU speed.

Except that video editing is mostly about seeking through large files which may be stored on disk, not in your computer's memory.

Still waiting for a Samsung SATA 10,000rpm drive.

How come WD are the only brand making them?

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rheumatoid

anyone using these in a readynas?

I have the 1TB version running inside my Readynas RND2000. I cannot hear the drive at all over the fan in the readynas.

Orville

I have the 1TB version running inside my Readynas RND2000. I cannot hear … I have the 1TB version running inside my Readynas RND2000. I cannot hear the drive at all over the fan in the readynas.



hope thats not cos the readynas is noisy! just got rid of a linkstation cos i couldn't stand the sound of it any more!

3% Quidco

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rheumatoid

hope thats not cos the readynas is noisy! just got rid of a linkstation … hope thats not cos the readynas is noisy! just got rid of a linkstation cos i couldn't stand the sound of it any more!

The readynas fan makes it sound like a rocket when it first starts. After a few minutes it quietens down, but the fan is still audible (the Samsung F3 drive cannot be heard). Many people change the stock fan in the readynas for something quieter. Others are more tolerant to noise and cannot hear it. .

n00b

Damn I just bought the one from Scan and there is no cancel button … Damn I just bought the one from Scan and there is no cancel button grrr.Wouldn't Samsungs own warranty cover you for 2 years anyway? Its probably better to deal with them directly than the retailer.



The issue with OEM drives is that they are usually supplied to manufacturers to be installed as part of a complete PC. Therefore any warranty for the item lies with the retailer.

I've been caught out by this in the past where the hd manufacturer will not honour the drives warranty as it is part of a complete build.

Here is a recent example of the issue with grey imports and warranty ambiguity. I suggest if the drive does not explicitly say warranty is for 3 years, you may only have the standard 12 mths warranty. If you have 3 years then you it is probably with the retailer rather than the manufacturer. Print out the spec and keep it with the receipt in case there is any comeback.

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Original Poster

rheumatoid

hope thats not cos the readynas is noisy! just got rid of a linkstation … hope thats not cos the readynas is noisy! just got rid of a linkstation cos i couldn't stand the sound of it any more!

The only drive I have owned which is quieter than my Samsung F3 (1TB) is an Intel X25M SSD. All of the mechanical drives have been noticeably noisier.

Gort1951

Still waiting for a Samsung SATA 10,000rpm drive.How come WD are the only … Still waiting for a Samsung SATA 10,000rpm drive.How come WD are the only brand making them?

Because they're a pointless waste of power in most situations?

CannyJack

Dabs do free delivery on most orders over £50 (inc VAT)



thanks. i'll bare that in mind in future. i usually ignore most pc supply places that charge for delivery

Can anyone recommend a good external enclosure for this drive?

Thanks

D

Just ordered 2 for delivery. Thinking of investing in an Xtreamer Pro + eTRAYZ + Antenna for 298 Euros (around £250) Will be perfect for the Pro. I have 2 x Maxtor Basics 1.5 Gb Extarnal HDD's so migh just pop them open and put them in the eTRAYZ

In case anybodys interested in a Media Player and aNAS box

shop.xtreamer.net/pro…tml

Original Poster

Received my 2TB drive this morning and have installed within my NAS drive. It is currently syncing/updating alongside my old 1TB F3 drive and I can say that with both of them copying away (lots of reads/writes) the noise is very very low. I can hear some slight ticking if I place my head close to the drives, but from a few feet away I cannot hear a thing.

Check your email before you buy more than one of these. I received an email from DABS today containing £10 off £100 spend valid until the end of the month.
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