New Samsung 1 TB HDD Uses Only Two Platters

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Haha, I'm sure he learned.
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