Is there a difference between Samsung F3 and Samsung F3R ??

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007603%2050001077&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=14|22-136-805^22-136-805-TS,22-152-185^22-152-185-TS,22-152-238^22-152-238-TS

Check out these drives.

What is the difference? Which one would you reccomend and why ?

I can't seem to understand why one samsung is more than the other. And are they both better than that cheaper WD Black with 64MBcache ??
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  1. The F3R is meant to be more rugged: it has an additional feature to protect against vibration, and a five-year warranty, which is more common in the enterprise sector of the market.

    The Caviar Black on your page is "recertified" - it broke, it was returned, they fixed it, then they sell it used. The guarantee is only 90 days.

    So: How important is a guarantee to you? And since the guarantee is a half-decent indicator of durability, how reliable a disk are you willing to pay for? I have a bad habit of moving my PC while it is running - I might spring for the F3R. If you are better than I am about that, and only move the machine while it is off, pay less for the F3. If your business depends on this machine, or you run it in a pickup truck while driving in the desert, spring for the F3R.

    I degenerated into silliness, didn't I?
  2. no your answer is good... I constantly break hardrives.

    I think a 3 or 5 year warranty makes sense
  3. The 'R' indicates that the drive is suitable for use in a RAID array.

    Standard F3 drives in a RAID with Win7 will occasionally hang a system, sometimes freeze it totally, due to a conflict between Win7 and the firmware settings in these drives.

    F3R drives have different settings. (Although why that should add anything to the price is beyond me!)
  4. IanMac22 said:
    The 'R' indicates that the drive is suitable for use in a RAID array.

    Standard F3 drives in a RAID with Win7 will occasionally hang a system, sometimes freeze it totally, due to a conflict between Win7 and the firmware settings in these drives.

    F3R drives have different settings. (Although why that should add anything to the price is beyond me!)


    So you can;'t or should not use the normal ones in raid ?
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