Thanks for the article. Very informative. I will upgrade my HDD as a stopgap until SSDs will become cheaper.
I have several 500GB 7200.10 drives and a 1TB F1.I want to drop all of those and go for a 2TB F3 for storage and a 256GB G3 x25-m as a boot drive (when released).I find that typically, my 7200.10 drives are very loud, while I've never heard a sound from my Samsung. Samsung is really making great drives these days, and at their price point, I view them as the most attractive. Though something I want to know is the failure on all of these drives, which unfortunately, may be information that may be hard to get for a while (accurately).=)
I love Samsung Drive! Good VFM!Going to buy a Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB soon!One more milestone for Samsung!
I have got 1TB samsung f3 on board since October 2009 and this thing is a blast. But this is probably ma last mechanical drive. In 2 years time SSD will be my choice
I only buy single platter drives. Until recently I didn't know how loud hard drives are, I always assumed that noise was the GPU or PSU fan but it turns out it's my hard drive. Apparently disks being spun at 7200 RPM make some noise.
Great review.From my interpretation the Western Digital drives are still great performance for the price, and I have certainly had few (if any) problems with the 15 or so I have on my machines over the past few years.At a pinch I will buy the large volume Seagates if I can't get a WD.
Another great article. The benchmarks were interesting. Looks like hard disk drives will be with us a while longer.
Don't trust Seagate drives unless you don't mind losing your data.
I like WD Caviar Black. Its a monster HD, great performance and price isnt that bad either. Looking forward to buying one soon, my Hitachi drive already let me down by destroying vital OS info during a memory check. Samsung is also great, I had one for three years and replaced it just because it was old(80gb). Spinpoint F3 is certainly a drive to watch close.
I have the f3 and was a little leary buying it. I have had nothing but problems with wd. Have had 3 out of 4 drives die on me. Seagate was going through the whole terrible drive issue, and so I bought the Samsung. More than happy with it. It is quiet, cool, and fast. I got it for 79bucks on the egg. I will be buying more as soon as they are back in stock. Need to raid them.
You have the WD Caviar Green WD20EADS listed at 48.8 dBA idle, is this really true? From my own experience, this is a low-noise HDD.
Where is the perfectly reasonable low budget consumer hard-drive known as the OCZ Z-Drive?
personally we should see the 3tb to 6tb by years end.
i think velociraptor is awesome
I used to only use WD. Since the F3 series from samsung came out now I use only samsung and WD.