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Terabyte Drive Comparison Table

Samsung Spinpoint F1 HDDs: New Winners?
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Manufacturer Hitachi Samsung Seagate Western Digital Western Digital
Model Deskstar 7K1000 Spinpoint F1 Barracuda 7200.11 Caviar GP Caviar RE2-GP
Model Number HDS721010KLA330 HD103UJ ST31000340AS WD10EACS WD1000FYPS
Capacity 1000 GB 1000 GB 1000 GB 1000 GB 1000 GB
Spindle Speed 7,200 RPM 7,200 RPM 7,200 RPM > 5,400 RPM >5,400 RPM
Other Capacities 750 GB 160, 250, 320, 500, 640, 750 GB 500, 750 GB 500, 750 GB 500, 750 GB
Platters 5 3 4 4 4
Cache 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB 16 MB 16 MB
NCQ yes yes Yes yes yes
Interface SATA/300 SATA/300 SATA/300 SATA/300 SATA/300
Warranty 3 years 3 years 5 years 3 Years 3 Years

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor(s) 2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s) Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
ICP 5085BL 8-Port SAS/300
Networking Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Subsystem On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurements c’t magazine’s h2benchw 3.6
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics Driver Default Windows Graphics Driver
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    evert , July 30, 2008 11:07 AM
    Does anyone know what the differences (if any) are between the HD103UJ & HE103UJ models?

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    Anonymous , August 3, 2008 9:01 PM
    HE=enterprise-class, raid certified. The only difference between HE and HD (in the specs) is a "rotational vibration sensor". Check them out on samsung.com.
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    evert , August 3, 2008 9:28 PM
    Is a rotational vibration sensor worth the extra money?

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    qazwsx12 , August 27, 2008 6:14 PM
    HE = Enterprise Class = 7 year warranty
    HD = Desktop Class = 3 year warranty
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2008 10:24 PM
    I have the famous spin ponit F1 which supossed to be compatible to sata 1 by switch or patch, @#$%^&* i can save files etc.......but it is impossible to install Windows!!!!!!!!!! And the technical support is @#$%^& no one answers. Just dont buy it!!!!!!!!!!
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    bitage , August 20, 2009 8:38 AM
    AnonymousI have the famous spin ponit F1 which supossed to be compatible to sata 1 by switch or patch, @#$%^&* i can save files etc.......but it is impossible to install Windows!!!!!!!!!! And the technical support is @#$%^& no one answers. Just dont buy it!!!!!!!!!!

    PEBKAC, all I have to say about that...
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    Anonymous , December 15, 2012 3:55 AM
    I bought one of these in march 2008, it's still going strong. Perhaps I don't hammer it with read/writes (it's a storage drive after all), but it gets used daily and has been in systems and in external cases, it's literally lived in as many different houses as I have; nearly 5 years later and it's still rock solid.

    (Was looking for pictures to use it creating an icon for it, ended up here in my stumbling, and thought I'd share my two cents.)
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    TechMasterJoe , January 19, 2014 11:52 PM
    Update i have a HD103UJ is has 55834 Powered on hours with 2119 starts still 100% G with zero errors and prefect SMART report still one of the coolest(temps) drives i own avg 26c with my WD's doing 36c + right next to iti use it as a temp dump for torrents before my custom software runs a ed2k hash on the file and files it way on my NAS in the 6.4years of UP time i have on this drive it has only been powered off for a few days at best wish any company made drives like this now days, under 200$ i used WD Reds for NAS but they all fail after 15k~20k hours.this has just been a friendly report from a long time Anime Sub Group's Encoder and archive owner.2014 home NAS Specs24X 4TB WD Reds NAS in custom U4 rack Quad E7-4870 & 256GB DDR3 (Folding@Home 99% of the time)2X Adaptec 2274900-R (future proof for expansion)ordered 12 more WD Reds this week yet to be added "amazon delivery Tuesday"