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Samsung EcoGreen F2 SATAII 1.5TB £55.99 @ Novatech
Samsung EcoGreen F2 SATAII 1.5TB £55.99 @ Novatech

Samsung EcoGreen F2 SATAII 1.5TB £55.99 @ Novatech

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Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB Capacity, SATA-II Interface, 5400RPM Spin Speed, 8.9ms Average Seek Time, 32MB Cache, 3 Year Warranty

The drive is over £50.00 and under 30kg in weight so free delivery on their current promo!

Cheap, cheap like the budgie!

Also 3% Quidco available! (pointed out by r2mahara, thanks!)

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Seems like a good deal.Has anyone had any experience of using these drives? Thanks

Original Poster

I've had a few Samsung EcoGreens now for home NAS and home theatre PC's and they've all (touch wood) lasted well and been very, very quiet and generate little heat. Not the fastest but very reliable and very energy efficient (good if you leave the device on all day and night e.g. NAS).

Good reviews at eBuyer
Proper techie review at Tom's Hardware

Edited by: "mhaslip" 9th Aug 2010

Can I put this in an external enclosure? Can someone recommend an enclosure? Thanks.

Tempted, but don't need it !

roister

Seems like a good deal.Has anyone had any experience of using these … Seems like a good deal.Has anyone had any experience of using these drives? Thanks



Ye at least one person on this forum will swear they have bought over 50 of them and none of them broke, then another will swear that he bought 5 of them and they alll broke within a few weeks.

I've just stopped listening to everyone on reliability, in regard to the price. this is 3.6 pence per gig, I think this is a new record!!

Samsung? unknown brand, avoid.




Does anyone know if this is a 2.5 or a 3.5 HDD? Can it be used in a laptop?

I've had Ecogreen F1s and F2s in my home server for over a year now. They idle at around 25C with a fan blowing over them, very quiet and have always been reliable (server is on 24/7)

Samsung is hardly an unknown brand, they make some of the best desktop drives (F3s)

It's a 3.5" drive so it won't fit in a laptop

Banned

I have always used nothing but Samsungs and I've never had one fail yet.

As for enclosures desdes i recommend novatech.co.uk/nov…tml

Very very good enclosures and room for another HD at a later date, or anything made by ICYbox are good too, have one myself.

good deal

Excellent price... Just ordered two.

I was waiting for a 2TB to come down to a good price, but this £/GB would equate to a 2TB being £74.65 which I think is a long way off!

don't forget 3% quidco!

roister

Seems like a good deal.Has anyone had any experience of using these … Seems like a good deal.Has anyone had any experience of using these drives? Thanks



Got this drive back in may for £63 and had no probs with it so far (touch wood) i know thats not a long time to own it so cant comment on the reliability, i use it in my htpc and its nice and quiet and does the job fine for file storage (_;)

Good price OP have some heat

xela333

I have always used nothing but Samsungs and I've never had one fail yet. … I have always used nothing but Samsungs and I've never had one fail yet. As for enclosures desdes i recommend[url= http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/Components/HardDrives-External/HardDriveEnclosures/Novatech/4719864243787.htmlVery very good enclosures and room for another HD at a later date, or anything made by ICYbox are good too, have one myself.



I have been using these enclosures for the past 3 months they are easily the best value/quality out there today.

cheaper at microdirect (also with 3% quidco) but i opted for the F3 (i presume slightly better/newer model?) for £58.74 (ordered 8 for my new fileserver)

microdirect.co.uk/Hom…-5-

Original Poster

The same f2 drive isn't in stock at microdirect, and they charge £3.99 delivery. Sorry to be picky but please check the details.

i've never had a problem with sammys, but if your data is that important you would keep a backup of your backup. hot from me. f4 range is out so what why these probably getting cheaper

no hdmi? wtf! voted cold

MIDURIX

no hdmi? wtf! voted cold


lol?

xela333

I have always used nothing but Samsungs and I've never had one fail yet. … I have always used nothing but Samsungs and I've never had one fail yet. As for enclosures desdes i recommend http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/Components/HardDrives-External/HardDriveEnclosures/Novatech/4719864243787.htmlVery very good enclosures and room for another HD at a later date, or anything made by ICYbox are good too, have one myself.


Thanks

I think the F4's launch soon, so might see some more price movement on other models.

I ordered 2 plus the enclosure, this came just in time as one of my drives (probably C as Windows likes to break that one first) clicks 6 times on boot, then twice and finally the system starts. It's a Spinpoint F3 750Gb and has hardly been used (certainly no more than 24/7 since I bought it!).

Couldn't find any info on the benefits of the F3 over the F2 so opted for the F2.

Thanks for the info mhaslip and xela333!

If the purpose is to back up data, and, given that this site exists as an aid to saving money then I cannot see the point in buying enclosures. They are unremarkable and expensive for what they are. For less money one could utilise a docking station, allowing both 2.5" and 3.5" drives with faster eSATA output. I have 14 hard drives in various capacities and dimensions and two docking stations. If I bought an enclosure for every drive I would be skint and would have to suffer usb 2.0 data transfer speeds too. Not to mention all the possible dismantling when swapping drives over.

I don't run a server and don't use RAID either. I just make back up copies of everything I have. Just two docking stations (both 2.5"/3.5" w/eSATA) and 14 antistatic bags is all I need. It's cheaper, faster and more convenient too.

The advantages of an enclosure for me personally are that I'm a musician and I need to access the drives for backing up and for working as each song can easily take up to 1Gb - I considered getting two external 2Tb drives instead but then a 2 unit enclosure will use less power (one power supply). Also, being hot-swappable is very useful to me as when a drive is full (or those projects are complete) I can swap it for a new one easily - and it's cheaper doing so with internal drives rather than buying new external drives.


farbuckle

The advantages of an enclosure for me personally are that I'm a musician … The advantages of an enclosure for me personally are that I'm a musician and I need to access the drives for backing up and for working as each song can easily take up to 1Gb - I considered getting two external 2Tb drives instead but then a 2 unit enclosure will use less power (one power supply). Also, being hot-swappable is very useful to me as when a drive is full (or those projects are complete) I can swap it for a new one easily - and it's cheaper doing so with internal drives rather than buying new external drives.



That's quite understandable in your case. I still wonder, however, if your requirements could be served by docking stations. I often run drives in docks all day long, thus giving me access to 3T of data continuously. Many of my data files are well in excess of 1GB too, hence then need for an eSATA data transfer rate. It's just when I want to access older data on smaller and/or different format drives then I am glad to have docking stations to hand. Occasionally, i'll place a drive inside one of the tower units too. My main motherboard has 2 eSATA outputs and ample internal SATA too. This is another reason why I like to have bare drive units. They interface with anything. Certainly a server unit would look much tidier, but i'd lose the ability swap so freely as well as the speed too.

1.5TB F3 version is cheaper at Scan - scan.co.uk/Pro…8ms

Delivery is free if you are an AVForums member.

Original Poster

not in stock lukehunter69

DealWizard

Does anyone know if this is a 2.5 or a 3.5 HDD? Can it be used in a … Does anyone know if this is a 2.5 or a 3.5 HDD? Can it be used in a laptop?



It's 3.5" - so can't be used in a laptop

The biggest 2.5" drive you can get at the moment is a 1TB drive (which haven't been out very long)
Edited by: "DontRun" 10th Aug 2010

scratch1964

That's quite understandable in your case. I still wonder, however, if … That's quite understandable in your case. I still wonder, however, if your requirements could be served by docking stations. I often run drives in docks all day long, thus giving me access to 3T of data continuously. Many of my data files are well in excess of 1GB too, hence then need for an eSATA data transfer rate. It's just when I want to access older data on smaller and/or different format drives then I am glad to have docking stations to hand. Occasionally, i'll place a drive inside one of the tower units too. My main motherboard has 2 eSATA outputs and ample internal SATA too. This is another reason why I like to have bare drive units. They interface with anything. Certainly a server unit would look much tidier, but i'd lose the ability swap so freely as well as the speed too.



Yes, I can see the benefits of your method too and I'll probably pick a docking station up too with my next hard drive purchase. I currently have three drives in my computer, 2x750Gb and 1x1Tb and when I upgrade these to 3x2Tb (when the price drops enough) I can use a docking station to access my older three drives. I also need to find the most reliable method of backing up my data long term, though maybe there's nothing better than hard drives and online backup for that (and DVDs as an inferior but cheap third option).

DontRun

It's 3.5" - so can't be used in a laptopThe biggest 2.5" drive you can … It's 3.5" - so can't be used in a laptopThe biggest 2.5" drive you can get at the moment is a 1TB drive (which haven't been out very long)



Thanks!

For what is counts I bought one of these in Sep 09 for roughly £72 and it's still working just fine, with multiple mac and windows partitions as well, no complaints here!

Was just about to post this, incredible price for a 1.5TB drive, must be an all-time low for a hard drive of any kind!

Thank you - purchased.

Original Poster

Installed my drive at the weekend into my new Netgear Stora (bought at the low low price found on here a few weeks back) and have been thoroughly impressed with the results! Would definitely recommend it, very easy to set it all up and surprising quiet, the drive and Stora together use less than 6W!
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