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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.

  • Pei-chen
    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
    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
    Haha, I'm sure he learned.
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  • amnotanoobie
    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
    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
    Seagates for the lose. FTL
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  • JasonAkkerman
    Tom, when can we expect to see some performance numbers from this drive?
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  • tpi2007
    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
    Had absolutley no problems with my Seagate 1.5
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  • Homeboy2
    I have had a seagate 1.5 tb for months fast, quiet drive no problems
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