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New Samsung 1 TB HDD Uses Only Two Platters

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The new Spinpoint F3 series of hard drives consist of two platter disks.

Samsung sent over a press release revealing the new Spinpoint F3 line of high-density hard drives that only use two platters. Operating at 7200 RPM rotational speed, the new line provides up to 1 TB (Terabyte) of storage, meaning the drive's two platter disks would consist of 500 GB each. By using only two disks, the drives use less power and offers 30-percent higher performance than a three-platter drive in the same 3.5-inch form factor.

“Our customers require not only additional capacity but also high performance for their server and desktop storage systems, while promoting a green environment,” said Choel-Hee Lee, vice president of marketing, Storage Systems Division, Samsung Electronics. “The massive capacity-per-platter and high-performance features of the new Spinpoint F3 make it an attractive solution for driving the growth of high-density storage.”

Samsung also stated that the Spinpoint F3 series is compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive (RoHS), and uses SilentSeek and NoiseGuard to "achieve a quiet operation system." The drives also use a 3.0 Gbps SATA interface, Native Command Queuing features, and a 16 MB / 32 MB buffer memory.

The 1 TB Spinpoint F3 drive is scheduled to ship in August, however the 500 GB version (using 250 GB per platter we assume) is now available worldwide.

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    Pei-chen , July 30, 2009 3:21 PM
    Newegg had 2 Samsung 1.5TB 5400rpm for $200 deal a few days ago. It also uses 500GB platters.

    On another note, I can’t believe I paid $190 per drive for Seagate’s craptacular 7200.11 1.5TB drive that went on sale for $85 a month after I bought two.

    Now I only buy Asian brands and WD.
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    sunflier , July 30, 2009 4:33 PM
    Pei-chenNewegg had 2 Samsung 1.5TB 5400rpm for $200 deal a few days ago. It also uses 500GB platters.On another note, I can’t believe I paid $190 per drive for Seagate’s craptacular 7200.11 1.5TB drive that went on sale for $85 a month after I bought two.Now I only buy Asian brands and WD.


    I can't believe you bought a Seagate.
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    mlcloud , July 30, 2009 4:49 PM
    Haha, I'm sure he learned.
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    amnotanoobie , July 30, 2009 5:08 PM
    Hey, the 7200.11 weren't really that bad, mine was good until I rma'd it. :D 


    * My 7200.7 and 7200.8 are still kicking w/o any bad sectors up to now.
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    FlayerSlayer , July 30, 2009 5:43 PM
    amnotanoobieHey, the 7200.11 weren't really that bad, mine was good until I rma'd it. * My 7200.7 and 7200.8 are still kicking w/o any bad sectors up to now.
    Seagate used to be a great brand, through the 7200.9's, but the .10 and .11 scare me with all the firmware errors, dead drives, bad blocks, and mediocre performance even when they work. Now, my WD Caviar Blacks haven't given me a hiccup since I got them.
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    warezme , July 30, 2009 5:48 PM
    Seagates for the lose. FTL
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    JasonAkkerman , July 30, 2009 6:04 PM
    Tom, when can we expect to see some performance numbers from this drive?
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    tpi2007 , July 30, 2009 6:05 PM
    FlayerSlayerSeagate used to be a great brand, through the 7200.9's, but the .10 and .11 scare me with all the firmware errors, dead drives, bad blocks, and mediocre performance even when they work. Now, my WD Caviar Blacks haven't given me a hiccup since I got them.


    Agreed! I have a secondary computer made out of spare parts; the HDD is a 120 GB sata 7200.7 and it is working flawlessly ever since I bought it in 2006.

    But after reading all about Seagate's recent troubles I went with a 640 GB Western Digital for my main computer last year. AS of today it is working perfectly!
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    Homeboy2 , July 30, 2009 6:11 PM
    Had absolutley no problems with my Seagate 1.5
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    Homeboy2 , July 30, 2009 6:12 PM
    I have had a seagate 1.5 tb for months fast, quiet drive no problems
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    xanubisx , July 30, 2009 6:17 PM
    I have yet to have a sata Seagate drive to fail on me. I have 7 seagate drives around my apartment. some are brand new some are 2 to 3 years old and not a fail. I deal with seagate because that is what my work stocks and i do see a few drives come back for rma's
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    The_Blood_Raven , July 30, 2009 6:26 PM
    Gotta love samsung drives, the F1 series kicked ass and now the F3 series will too. I still have a 500GB F1 around here, idles at 15c and loads at 26c, much better than any HDD I've ever seen.
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    anamaniac , July 30, 2009 6:50 PM
    Cool.

    I want a 1TB single platter for y storage...
    And live five x25-e in raid 0 for everything else. =D
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    gsacks , July 30, 2009 7:05 PM
    I did have a Seagate sata drive die on me. Fortunately, it was part of raid 1 mirror, and the warranty replacement dropped in without a hiccup. Just made me nervous for about 4 days while I limped along with only one drive. But my WD drives are quieter.
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    p05esto , July 30, 2009 7:07 PM
    Does this mean 2.5TB will be here soon?
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    buzznut , July 30, 2009 7:22 PM
    30% faster? Why, because 1/3 less platters? I am skeptical, but if they are really that much faster I will get one.
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    silversurfernhs , July 30, 2009 7:27 PM
    Can someone tell me of any, or why there are no single platter HDDs? Just curious.
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    Gin Fushicho , July 30, 2009 7:52 PM
    I'll take a single platter 500GB thank you. =)
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    bk420 , July 30, 2009 7:59 PM
    when does a 5 X 500GB/platter come out?
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    steiner666 , July 30, 2009 8:30 PM
    I'll personally never buy a Samsung drive again in my life. In my experience Samsung drives = fail.

    I'll wait for WD to come out with higher density drive platters
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