Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive £38.99 @Amazon
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Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive £38.99 @Amazon

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Found 30th Nov 2010Made hot 30th Nov 2010
Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache 7200RPM. Price has just dropped on this if anyone's interested...

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Also available at ebuyer with free delivery at the same price:

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Or if you need a couple, scan are doing 2 for £74.01 on TO (only until noon today, though) with free delivery for AV/Hexus forum members:

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Edited by: "marktime" 30th Nov 2010

great hdd, great price

I bought one of these about a year ago from Scan for around £50 - it's starting to die on me now ... never had a drive die on me before, but bad clusters are popping up, plus the data transfer rate has dropped significantly.

I've swapped it over from main boot drive to a backup drive now - just counting the days until it falls over completely.

1st and last time i've bought a Samsung drive ...

EDIT: Seems i'm not alone in this experience ... amazon.co.uk/pro…tar

This was a speedy quiet drive when new, but a year later has developed … This was a speedy quiet drive when new, but a year later has developed the dreaded Samsung clicking (put Samsung clicking into Google). The drive was not always detected during the POST; when it was, Windows would hang at "Starting Windows" splash.Fortunately it was not my primary C: drive, and removing the drive restored the PC back to full health and speed.I was also fortunate to have a USB2 to SATA & IDE Drive Adapter. Eventually the drive behaved itself long enough (about 45 min) for me to salvage some 200Gb of data off it.I suppose all drives are prone to failure, and I was lucky to recover everything so easily, but it's scrap now, and I'll buying Seagates or WDs in future.



I had one of these drives in my Mesh PC and it had to be replaced after 5 … I had one of these drives in my Mesh PC and it had to be replaced after 5 months...bad sectors/drive clicking/freezing. Tested replacement drive (same model) and it was even worse than my original drive. Engineer tried another 3 samsung drives and they didn't even spin up...Finally got a replacement and this Samsung drive has been OK. Purchased another PC for my mum in law and it had the same drive...failed completely after 8 months...decided to try another manufacturer this time...has put me off



Edited by: "Macdory" 30th Nov 2010

Just ordered a Seagate 1TB drive for £41 from Scan - hopefully more reliable !!!
Edited by: "Macdory" 30th Nov 2010

I had two of the 250 F3's in Raid 0 then two of the 500 F3's in Raid 0 then two of these in Raid 0 and I've never had a single problem with any of the setups *touch wood*.
Edited by: "KarlAnthonyPeel" 30th Nov 2010

The only drives I have had fail on me in 25+ years of PC ownership were both Samsung. Not voted either way but personally I wont go Samsung again.

Anyone know of a good cheap enclosure for this so i use it as an external drive?

Never had a problem with a Samsung drive. Had 1 WD5000JS fail on me and 1 Seagate 7200.12. Horses for courses!

This was a speedy quiet drive when new, but a year later has developed … This was a speedy quiet drive when new, but a year later has developed the dreaded Samsung clicking (put Samsung clicking into Google). The drive was not always detected during the POST; when it was, Windows would hang at "Starting Windows" splash.Fortunately it was not my primary C: drive, and removing the drive restored the PC back to full health and speed.I was also fortunate to have a USB2 to SATA & IDE Drive Adapter. Eventually the drive behaved itself long enough (about 45 min) for me to salvage some 200Gb of data off it.I suppose all drives are prone to failure, and I was lucky to recover everything so easily, but it's scrap now, and I'll buying Seagates or WDs in future.

I had one of these drives in my Mesh PC and it had to be replaced after … I had one of these drives in my Mesh PC and it had to be replaced after 5 months...bad sectors/drive clicking/freezing. Tested replacement drive (same model) and it was even worse than my original drive. Engineer tried another 3 samsung drives and they didn't even spin up...Finally got a replacement and this Samsung drive has been OK. Purchased another PC for my mum in law and it had the same drive...failed completely after 8 months...decided to try another manufacturer this time...has put me off



So? Get it replaced under warranty then

and fyi put clicking plus xx hard drive manufacturer into google and you'll get lots of hits all manufacturers go through this not long ago it was WD before that I used to change hundreds of failed seagate drives they all fail at some point you've been unlucky is all

Edited by: "Rich44" 30th Nov 2010

phanco

The only drives I have had fail on me in 25+ years of PC ownership were … The only drives I have had fail on me in 25+ years of PC ownership were both Samsung. Not voted either way but personally I wont go Samsung again.



Engineers come and go, processes change, each model of hard drive is basically a new 'company' so wouldn't it be best to just go for something that is the best reviewed rather than get hung up on a name?

I have Samsung drives, not had a problem so far TBH.

People often post here and at other places how a particular make of drive was/is junk and they would never touch that make of drive again, perhaps understandable if one has let them down, but you will never find a perfect drive with a 0% failure rate, it's just not possible, do a search for any make of drive and you will read stories from people who say that make is rubbish etc. IMHO you just have to take pot luck and hope that the drive you buy is one of the vast majority that will be reliable.

I would not hesitate to buy this drive it is excellent value IMHO, my only concern is that with 1000gb drives seemingly getting cheaper as each day passes how much will they be next week!

Jeez, can we stop with the problems stories already. Every one has some story or another related to ALL the hard drive manufacturers. It's just total luck. Keep everything backed up, and you'll be fine.

Would've voted hot, but not sure who the warranty is with. Scan sell their drives with a 'scan' 3 year warranty, which means you have to pay for costs to post it back to them should you wish to put in a warranty claim.

If these have a proper Samsung warranty, then i'll vote hot and buy two.

I knew this would happen! I only bought one yesterday from Amazon for £40.99

my-planet

Jeez, can we stop with the problems stories already. Every one has some … Jeez, can we stop with the problems stories already. Every one has some story or another related to ALL the hard drive manufacturers. It's just total luck. Keep everything backed up, and you'll be fine.Would've voted hot, but not sure who the warranty is with. Scan sell their drives with a 'scan' 3 year warranty, which means you have to pay for costs to post it back to them should you wish to put in a warranty claim.If these have a proper Samsung warranty, then i'll vote hot and buy two.



Hiya

You also have to pay for postage to Samsung, although they ship it back to you at their cost. I know as I did mine today for a older F1!
Edited by: "drasim" 30th Nov 2010

drasim

HiyaYou also have to pay for postage to Samsung, although they ship it … HiyaYou also have to pay for postage to Samsung, although they ship it back to you at their cost. I know as I did mine today for a older F1!

Out of curiosity, do they repair and send back the same drive with your data on it or do they just send a new drive?

Good thing is i think Samsung have a return address in the UK whereas a few years ago when i bought a faulty WD i had to send it back to Germany! Not sure if it's still the case, plus truth be told it was ebuyer who were supposed to replace it as it came faulty, but they fobbed me off

How can it be hot when it's the same price at ebuyer? It's not a hot deal, it's just the going rate.

Xad

Out of curiosity, do they repair and send back the same drive with your … Out of curiosity, do they repair and send back the same drive with your data on it or do they just send a new drive?Good thing is i think Samsung have a return address in the UK whereas a few years ago when i bought a faulty WD i had to send it back to Germany! Not sure if it's still the case, plus truth be told it was ebuyer who were supposed to replace it as it came faulty, but they fobbed me off



Hiya

They don't offer data recovery - it's purely a straight swap for a new drive
By the way - yes it's return to an address in Surrey!
Edited by: "drasim" 30th Nov 2010

dxx

How can it be hot when it's the same price at ebuyer? It's not a hot … How can it be hot when it's the same price at ebuyer? It's not a hot deal, it's just the going rate.



Well I think it's Hot!

my-planet

Jeez, can we stop with the problems stories already. Every one has some … Jeez, can we stop with the problems stories already. Every one has some story or another related to ALL the hard drive manufacturers. It's just total luck. Keep everything backed up, and you'll be fine.Would've voted hot, but not sure who the warranty is with. Scan sell their drives with a 'scan' 3 year warranty, which means you have to pay for costs to post it back to them should you wish to put in a warranty claim.If these have a proper Samsung warranty, then i'll vote hot and buy two.



As stated above you still pay for postage with Samsung which I just found out as my F1 drive died after 1 month of use.

In regards to problem stories that is the joy of the Internet and forumns if people did not complain about faulty goods no one would be the wiser and manufacturers could be releasing crap hardware and we would be none the wiser. Also not all above are problem stories a couple stated they never had issues. I like to get a full picture on something before spending money as I dont have they joy of wasting my money on anything! though without the joys of ratings/feedback.forums I have done in the past.
Edited by: "bra1ne" 30th Nov 2010

Some nice logic on display in the thread for this deal - if you have a bad experience DISCARD THE ENTIRE MANUFACTURER

Had this drive since they came out. The fastest of six drives I own. Quiet and runs at a lower temp than the others. My only regret is I've waited this long to buy more of them. At this price, I could not resist anymore. Great deal.

I must have had a drive die from most manufacturers over the many years of using them, It's never put me off a manufacturer. If I followed some of the advice here, there would be no one left to buy from. Boycott all HDD manufacturers, boot Windows from floppy disks!

Most drive failurers happen very soon after firing them up, so if it lasts those first few days, it's probably going to be fine. Running drives hot will shorten their lives and I suspect a majority of failures are related to heat. So keep 'em cool and live your online life backed up. No worries.

JustExtreme

Some nice logic on display in the thread for this deal - if you have a … Some nice logic on display in the thread for this deal - if you have a bad experience DISCARD THE ENTIRE MANUFACTURER



EVEN MAN HAVE '' THEIR DAYS''

lol

Macdory

Just ordered a Seagate 1TB drive for £41 from Scan - hopefully more … Just ordered a Seagate 1TB drive for £41 from Scan - hopefully more reliable !!!



Did have to laugh at this comment. All companies make drives which might fail, all companies have had 'bad batches' of drives, but I do hope you Google'd "Seagate 1TB failure" before you ordered (_;)

(Here's one of thousands of articles on the issue...)
Edited by: "jah128" 30th Nov 2010

Original Poster

marktime

Also available at ebuyer with free delivery at the same price:ebuyerOr if … Also available at ebuyer with free delivery at the same price:ebuyerOr if you need a couple, scan are doing 2 for £74.01 on TO (only until noon today, though) with free delivery for AV/Hexus forum members:Scan Today Only



Is there a code for free delivery from ebuyer? Even supersaver was £4.19 when I tried earlier.

It does make me suspicious that Samsung is effectively dumping these on the market at such a low price. Why are there no competitors selling similar sized drives at a similar price?

ash.connor

It does make me suspicious that Samsung is effectively dumping these on … It does make me suspicious that Samsung is effectively dumping these on the market at such a low price. Why are there no competitors selling similar sized drives at a similar price?



Samsung dominates South Korea in a way you really have to see to believe. Apartment blocks sport Samsung's logo on their side, not just because they're advertising the Samsung brand but because Samsung built them. There were also Samsung cars: the division has actually been sold to Renault, but Korean people still call them Samsung cars.

Even our coach driver was using a Samsung mobile phone with navigation software to avoid traffic as we made our way to the Samsung Hotel. The sheer volume of Samsung products scattered around the place was a little overwhelming at times. From TVs to computers to fridges, you could barely walk for longer than five minutes in Seoul without seeing a Samsung logo.

The hotel we were staying at was built and owned by Samsung and in every room there was a Samsung LCD TV and mobile phone. Samsung alone generates 17 per cent of Korea's GDP. That's what I call a company town. -Andrew Lim

crave.cnet.co.uk/gad…92/

I think it's starting to pay off for Samsung ramping up their manufacturing to absolutely state of the art in Samsung Town and elsewhere. Lowers their running costs and building such a vast infrastructure around itself for employees pretty much seals itself as the top electronics conglomerate in South Korea.

Or to put it another way, they pump out more stuff at as high a quality as the market demands, than anyone else, economies of scale kick in and allow them to sell cheaper without sacrificing quality.

Damn i just ordered this 2 days ago from amazon for £42.. Do you recon of i give them an email about it now they will give me the £3 back!

About samsung drives, i said i wouldnt buy one again myself about 5 years ago because in 10 years of messing around with hardware (and plenty of HDD) a samsung one is the only one thats failed one me (tho i once had a DOA Seagate). However speed wise this is supposed to be one of the best drives in this range so i ended up taking the plunge.. seems ok so far to.

if i bought this drive from amazon, would the warranty be directly with samsung?
i bought the drive from scan and was told the warranty is ONLY with scan. i would rather have the warranty directly with samsung coz it saves time and hassle as i have heard scan warranties can be bad :(!

Can these get anymore cheaper.

scowie

You get more GB/£ if you get a 1.5TB drive though, like this one:WD 1.5TB … You get more GB/£ if you get a 1.5TB drive though, like this one:WD 1.5TB 3.5" Hard Drive - SATA-II 5400rpm 32MB Cache - Caviar Green (£46.99)[You need to spend over £50 to get free delivery, but even with delivery on top it's a better deal, GB/£-wise]


yes... but you get much more performance with this drive! for a secondary/storage drive, yes by all means buy the better £/GB. but for an OS / primary drive, you really should buy based on speed and budget

lucas4

if i bought this drive from amazon, would the warranty be directly with … if i bought this drive from amazon, would the warranty be directly with samsung?i bought the drive from scan and was told the warranty is ONLY with scan. i would rather have the warranty directly with samsung coz it saves time and hassle as i have heard scan warranties can be bad :(!


Any warranty given is in addition to your rights under the sale of goods act so although the manufacturer of the drive may offer you a warranty they don't have too, your contract is with whoever you buy the drive from whether that be Amazon or Scan, they may advise or prefer you to go to the maker in the event of failure but under UK law the retailer is responsible.

nilrem

Any warranty given is in addition to your rights under the sale of goods … Any warranty given is in addition to your rights under the sale of goods act so although the manufacturer of the drive may offer you a warranty they don't have too, your contract is with whoever you buy the drive from whether that be Amazon or Scan, they may advise or prefer you to go to the maker in the event of failure but under UK law the retailer is responsible.


thanks for the help.
i have read in various places that people have had great service with samsung and had no problems getting samsung to fix their drives.
on the other hand, i have heard lots of people complain about scan warranties, so i would rather the samsung warranty.
but if samsung state a 3 year warranty, surely they have to honour it?

Original Poster

dxx

How can it be hot when it's the same price at ebuyer? It's not a hot … How can it be hot when it's the same price at ebuyer? It's not a hot deal, it's just the going rate.

Because ebuyer charge for delivery and Amazon don't.

This was a speedy quiet drive when new, but a year later has developed … This was a speedy quiet drive when new, but a year later has developed the dreaded Samsung clicking (put Samsung clicking into Google). The drive was not always detected during the POST; when it was, Windows would hang at "Starting Windows" splash.Fortunately it was not my primary C: drive, and removing the drive restored the PC back to full health and speed.I was also fortunate to have a USB2 to SATA & IDE Drive Adapter. Eventually the drive behaved itself long enough (about 45 min) for me to salvage some 200Gb of data off it.I suppose all drives are prone to failure, and I was lucky to recover everything so easily, but it's scrap now, and I'll buying Seagates or WDs in future.

I had one of these drives in my Mesh PC and it had to be replaced after … I had one of these drives in my Mesh PC and it had to be replaced after 5 months...bad sectors/drive clicking/freezing. Tested replacement drive (same model) and it was even worse than my original drive. Engineer tried another 3 samsung drives and they didn't even spin up...Finally got a replacement and this Samsung drive has been OK. Purchased another PC for my mum in law and it had the same drive...failed completely after 8 months...decided to try another manufacturer this time...has put me off

you bought it 1 year ago? Quit your jibba jabba fool and make use of the warranty.
Edited by: "semo" 30th Nov 2010

Received mine today. Checked on the Samsung warranty checker site and the warranty ends Jan 2014, nice Out of curiosity, does everyone's manufacture date read as 2010.09?

So far i'm very impressed by this Samsung drive. It's very fast AND very quiet when it's reading/seeking, almost silent when set to quiet profile via AAM.

I have a Samsung F2eco already as a media drive and a Seagate 7200.11 as the main drive which this Samsung will replace, looking forward to it as the Seagate, especially with the lack of AAM features, is louder and slower.
Edited by: "Xad" 2nd Dec 2010

nilrem

Any warranty given is in addition to your rights under the sale of goods … Any warranty given is in addition to your rights under the sale of goods act so although the manufacturer of the drive may offer you a warranty they don't have too, your contract is with whoever you buy the drive from whether that be Amazon or Scan, they may advise or prefer you to go to the maker in the event of failure but under UK law the retailer is responsible.



Really?

We purchased 5 WDs from Misco in March. One croaked last week, and I was advised that I'd need to ship it out to WD at my own cost since they only offered a Manufacturer's warranty.

Is there some legalese I can quote back to them since - to my mind - if I bought it from them less than a year ago, it's THEIR problem?

nilrem

Any warranty given is in addition to your rights under the sale of goods … Any warranty given is in addition to your rights under the sale of goods act so although the manufacturer of the drive may offer you a warranty they don't have too, your contract is with whoever you buy the drive from whether that be Amazon or Scan, they may advise or prefer you to go to the maker in the event of failure but under UK law the retailer is responsible.

Retailer or manufacturerIn most cases, your rights are against the … Retailer or manufacturerIn most cases, your rights are against the retailer – the company that sold you the product – not the manufacturer, and so you must take any claim against the retailer.



Well the supplier can tell you what they wish but under the UK sales of goods act the company or person who supplied the goods to you is responsible not the maker of the goods, you may choose to go straight to the maker but your contract is with the supplier not the maker.


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Price:£44.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery

costanza

price is showing up at £44.99 for mePrice:£44.99 & this item Delivered F … price is showing up at £44.99 for mePrice:£44.99 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK with Super Saver Delivery



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