I purchased this drive for storage only as i use a solid state for the system drive. When formated the drive gives my a total space of around 930GBs as this is due to the formating. The makers like samsung use 1000MB to the GB rather than the operating system of 1024MB.
The first drive i used for around a year until i recieve an error message in windows 7 telling me the drive was going to fail. I got in touch with samsungs rma service which was excellent i only needed to print off a piece of paper for the courier and stuck on the box which they picked up. The postage was paid for by samsung both ways with the new drive working perfectly so far.
I first benchmarked the drive when i recieve it with an average of around 90MB/s although im not to fussed about speed as this drive is only being used for storage. I plan to purchase another from samsung as i trust that if anything goes wrong i can always return it to them for another. I recommend this drive for those looking for cheap storage solution.
Ok so harddrives are not exciting and not the easiest to review. However i have three of these (one for my desktop and two for network attached storage) and can recommend it thoroughly. I have had a number of Samsung spinpoint drives previously and they have never failed on me. This drive has been the same and here are a few of the advantages of this drive
+ A 1Tb drive for £55 is cheap (from Dabs, Scan or eBuyer)
+ It is very quiet and stays cool
+ None of my spinpoint drives have ever failed which is clearly an important feature for a harddrive
+ This particular model is compatible with the Netgear ReadyNas which i also own
And i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. You cannot complain at this price and there is more space than most would use. Given the reliability it is a must buy for anyone looking for a new internal hard drive.
I bought this hard drive from ebuyer.com, and it was under £60. Before this i owned a 250 gig Hitachi drive, and a 320 gig Maxtor drive, and so i wanted to dump all these files in one place, and then have room to spare. Installation was easy, the drive was recognised first time in windows, no faf. Its capacity is actually about 930 gig, this is due to differences in specification (1 tera-byte means 1000 giga-byte or 1024 giga-byte).
This small reduction in capacity is a standard of all hard drive manufactures, and is annoying, but there is no getting around it. Its still a very very large amount of space even without this loss.
The drive has a very large cache of 32 meg, which means copying data between two drives very fast. The drive also runs very cool at around 25 to 30 degrees, and only quiet noises can be heard when it is under heavy use, which is no louder than any other hard drive.
I cannot comment about reliability, but other reviews i have read have said they are reliable. Hard drives tend to be reliable after about a month or so anyway, as ones with manufacturer errors fail before that, and ones after keep going until the end of time.
I would strongly recommend this drive, as it is fast, quiet, and great value for money at about 6p per gig!
It's pretty hard to write an exciting review about a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) so I think we need to keep this one fairly basic.
I have two of these because I believe they are that good. You can pick these up for around £60 now, which is as cheap as chips in my book! These drives run quiet and cool. No annoying HDD 'seek' noises from these bad boys. Both mine sit at least 3C to 6C cooler than my other 2 HDD's.
The large 32MB cache is a boon when you are moving large files around. A typical DVD rip (DivX) movie of around 700MB can be moved in just a few seconds. A good 1TB drive like these will hold around 200 DVD's or thousands of albums.
I have never had a Samsung HDD fail on me yet and as far as standard HDD go they are top of the range.
Well worth a punt if you are looking a increasing your storage capabilities on your present rig.