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1,000 GB: Three Samsung TB Drives

1,000 GB: Three Samsung TB Drives

It is getting increasingly difficult to pick the right hard drive for your PC. While users used to check for hard drives within their appropriate market segment—desktop, server, or mobile—the hard drive makers continue to introduce more and more products to target specific markets, which may cross between traditional segments. We got three Samsung terabyte hard drives for review, which appear to be similar, but our investigation revealed substantial differences.

Why One Hard Drive Product Isn’t Enough Anymore

We obtained three of Samsung’s latest drives, but we could also have looked into the product portfolios of Hitachi and Western Digital, since almost all drive makers are following the trend of providing drives that are adjusted for specific purposes. This started when the drive makers tweaked their mainstream desktop hard drives for higher reliability, so they could sneak a slice of the entry-level enterprise market. Hitachi turned its Deskstar 7K1000 into a 24/7-capable Ultrastar 7K1000, Seagate has had the Barracuda ES family, which is based on the Barracuda 7200 series. And Western Digital has been doing the same, but going after enthusiasts and business users with its RAID Edition models, descending from the Caviar Series for desktops.

Standard, Business, Eco

Western Digital was the first to release a high-capacity hard drive that actually focused on power efficiency. The Green Power series, now called Caviar Green, spins at only 5,400 RPM rather than the common 7,200 RPM, to achieve power savings. Hitachi followed with its power-optimized Deskstar P7K500 and Samsung also joined the low-power band with its EcoGreen F. All of them also have high-performance drives for business or enthusiast users, and we decided to look at the differences among the model variations by investigating the Samsung F family.

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    Kari , September 23, 2008 11:18 AM
    WTF is that amch questionmarket survey that keeps hijacking my browser everytime I continue to the next page! It's getting pretty annoying and I don't 'qualify' for the survey but that doesn't stop them from trying.. >:( 
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    randomizer , September 23, 2008 12:02 PM
    No surveys showing up here.
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    Dogsnake , September 23, 2008 1:06 PM
    What survey? No problems going page to page on 3 separate systems I checked with. Maybe your infected?
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    one-shot , September 23, 2008 1:51 PM
    I just imagine that smug little cat saying "no problems here" like it knows whats going on. That pic makes me laugh, all the smugness
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    arkadi , September 23, 2008 3:10 PM
    i hope to see performance of Raid configuration on popular chip sets. Raid 0,5. I have 2 Spinpoint F mainstream model drives on my nforce4 sli Raid 0, and i can fell the differents in performance comparing 2 my old two 250 wd raid drives (Raid 0).
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    SDLeary , September 23, 2008 4:32 PM
    Could you perhaps do some comparisons with the WD Caviar Green? Its not listed on the main spec page, but these drives are supposed to have a variable rotation speed; between 5400 and 7200. If the Samsung is fixed 5400, then there might be some performance differences!

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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 23, 2008 4:40 PM
    Link failure. :\
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 23, 2008 4:43 PM
    Er, ignore that. Replied in the wrong tab.

    What I wanted to post here is that I also want to see a comparison with the 5400/7200 variable speed drives. Does that offer any real advantage, and what about the power savings?
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    ravenware , September 23, 2008 6:38 PM
    Yes! Finally another hard drive review, because these are so much different than the last hard drives that were reviewed.

    Can we have another SSD review this week too? You know, one that shows how great the SSD performs but how it also costs too much?
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    Kari , September 23, 2008 6:52 PM
    DogSnakeWhat survey? No problems going page to page on 3 separate systems I checked with. Maybe your infected?

    nah I'm clean.
    Looks like it's gone now. It used to be a little popup window before that i blocked but today it was more aggressive and annoying. And I've never seen it on any other sites, only here at toms, must be some sponsor or smthgn... Heres hoping they got ridd of it permanently
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    caskachan , September 24, 2008 10:09 AM

    samsung latest batch of 1tb drives could not perfrom well at high speeds so, what thye do
    sell them as eco friendly low spinning drives yay!

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    Anonymous , September 25, 2008 10:38 AM
    The "green" moniker is obvious marketing babble. These drives are designed and very well suited for non-pc appliances like settop boxes and game consoles. In the pc arena you mentioned HTPC and NAS but office pc's can also use a quiet and cool running drive. To me all these lower performance applications look like at least 50% of the market.
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    jacke , September 30, 2008 7:07 PM
    1 TB is now in Your notebook. Take Dell Precision M6400


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    JonnyDough , October 4, 2008 12:30 PM

    Wait, is it just me or is Kari also Randomizer...? Hmm. Delete the profiles? Check ISP #s? Where is the Stasi when you need them.
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    randomizer , October 5, 2008 1:52 AM
    JonnyDoughWait, is it just me or is Kari also Randomizer...?

    Why would you say that? And why would I need another profile? :lol: