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Last response: in Storage
December 15, 2009 11:58:51 PM

Which is superior? In terms of: performance/data reliability/stability/corruptions

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

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December 16, 2009 12:52:24 AM

I can't say anything about the new samsung drives, but I know samsung had a reputation for "excellent after-service, low reliability" (certainly not bad, but less reliable perhaps) within Korean community for some time now. I expect better reliability for the new generation drives though.

WD seem to have good reputation for reliability, though I haven't heard of any issues regarding both drives (they're all fairly new anyway).
January 8, 2010 2:38:34 AM

I had the same issue and did a quick comparison of both from the stats on this page:

Here are my scribbles that were of most importance imho:

samsung -- read, write throughput
samsung -- minor-less sound
samsung -- write, read access time
WD -- minor-windows vista startup
samsung -- minor-temp
WD -- application loading
samsung -- power req(idle too)
WD -- IO

WD did better in most PCMark Vantage, I will probably buy the 1Tb Spinpoint F3.

Hope that helps