Samsung are a huge electronics giant- I think they're one of the only manufacturers to make all the components in house.
At the time of purchase this was the fastest 1tb drive on the market, and had a good reputation and reviewed well. The problem with reading reviews of a product that's been on the market for less than 1 year is that there's no time for long term testing, and from these 4 dooyoo reviews you can see that 3 of us have had drive failures.
I might be slightly unique in that it might have been me that killed the drive rather than an outright failure- but still it's one of only a handful of drives that have died on me, and i've done terrible things to hard drives (dropping them down stairs being an unfortunately common issue with me). The issue was that the enclosure I was putting the drive in (a cheap, awful enclosure that is not in the bin) would regularly disconnect from the drive (interestingly it only happened with this samsung drive and no others)- so it must have disconnected as it was writing and wrecked the drive.
to samsung's credit they sent me a replacement drive within a couple of days and the RMA procedure was very simple and straightforward (not like the nightmare I had with other hard drive makers)
all 3.5" drives look exactly the same, but this is one of the better looking ones with a subtle samsung branding and nice text.
it was a very quick drive, but I sold my replacement for 90% of the retail value- and as the drive has such a good reputation used prices remain high.
If you're going to use these drives, then backup (as you should with all drives)
I find the Samsung Spinpoint F1 to be a fast and well perfoming hard drive. The drive noise isnt very noticable unless you seek it out and generally I am pleased with the speed and reliability of the drive. I have done numerous checks using tools on this terabyte hard disk (931 in reality if we count gigibytes) and they have all come back stating that the disk is healthy and in good shape. Temperatures are a little high for a hard drive, but for a performance product you should expect a little heat. Technical reviews praise the F1s speed, seek times and overall throughput. I havent really noticed a time when I had to wait for the disk to spin up considering that this drive is not the one my OS is installed on. The 931 GB of storage is huge and I still have 750 GB remaining after a year so I should be happy.
However, of course, I have heard the horror stories from other purchasers - which no doubt forced samsung to usher in the more reliable and probably faster F3 spinpoint 1TB drive. I am now waiting for this hard drive to fail, and when it does, I can look forward to binning it or sending it to a repair centre situated above a barber shop which samsung have decided to throw the responsibility to. As soon as I can, and as soon as is needed (when I actually do work that hasnt been back up), I will be buying another drive to replace the F1.
I CAN possibly recommend this hard drive for RAID mirroring with another similar terabyte hdd for a degree of redundancy in case one of the drives fail (some redundancy in this case is better than none), or keeping it on as a spare or to play games from. I CANNOT recommend you stripe this hdd, or you buy two for this purpose no matter how cheap they get. My confidence that this thing wont give me a massive headache, and probably cost me my job had I relied on its apparent reliability, well that confidence is shattered!
The Samsung Spinpoint F1 (HD103UJ) is a fast, inexpensive hard drive with a large amount of space, however it really is quite unreliable.
When formatted in windows, you are basically left with 931GB, which is obviously quite big. Great for HD content, music and games (no need to uninstall). Mine was whisper quiet and temp of the hard drive never passed 40c. It was easy to slot in my comp and as with most drives, consisted of multiple holes which allowed me to screw it firmly in my case. The F1 Hard Drives consist of three 334GB platters which is what makes them so fast. Read and write speeds were fairly good, games loaded very quickly and HD content ran very smooth.
I got my first one about 8 months ago and everything was fine until one day it stopped working properly and began churning out these annoying clicking sounds. As time went on, my computer began to have frequent BSODs and random crashes. I had a huge amount of data stored (mainly videos and music) and a lot of it got corrupted. Tried using CHKDSK on Windows and was only able to recover some bad sectors. I was hugely disappointed and ended up having to RMA it.
I've been using my new F1 for about 3 weeks now and it is performing as it should but who knows what will happen down the line. I personally wouldn't recommend these drives to anyone since they are proven to be unreliable. In addition to my review, a quick search on Google should give you a good idea on how bad these hard drives are in regards to faults and defects. I have a Western Digital Caviar hard drive and a Maxtor hard drive and they both work exceedingly well without a single hitch. I definitely will not be buying another Samsung hard drive and I'd advise you to stay far away from them.
After having a Samsung 160Gb IDE drive die after just a fortnight's use three years ago I vowed not to buy Samsung again. However, after spotting a one terabyte hard-drive for the cost of 750Gb models from Maxtor and Seagate I just couldn't resist.
There's not a great deal to say about an internal hard disc, but I guess that saying that it hasn't failed after two months of usage is a positive review ;) The disk is pretty quiet and only audible under heavy seeking. One special feature of this drive is the 32Mb of cache which gives incredible read performance. My previous boot disc was a 320gb Maxtor, however when running an HDD Benchmark I noticed that this dive was achiving near 70mbps - double that of the Maxtor! Swapping this drive to be my primary boot volume has made the whole computer feel much snapper and more responsive.
For those of you out there who are not tech heads - this hard drive has all the storage you will ever need and is very quick to boot (*boom boom!*)