got a pair of them about a year ago, used heavily as main drives. solid and reliable, great for raiding. (bought them for $60-$65 back then) can't go wrong with these.
I don't trust seagate anymore (their Q/A has slipped a lot, they used to offer 5yr warranty, wonder why not anymore). hitachi are generally loud with seeks and whiney spindles from my experience, and reviews i've read. WD's Black drives are too pricey and not good in raids (TLER), and their Green drives I still don't trust. so that only leaves samsung left which seem pretty good all around, not quite as fast as WD Black's but almost as good at much cheaper price.
Although if you're just looking for storage to use with SSD's, then you can get a better value with 5900rpm drives. (I picked up a 1.5TB 5900rpm samsung recently for $50, $0.033/GB)
And with any new drive, I recommend running tests on them. you can download samsung's hard drive testing utility here --> http://www.samsung.com/global/bus...ex_es.html and there's also HD Tune Pro (15 day trial) that has read testing, and write testing with the erase/verify function. every hdd manufacturer has Q/A issues to some extent, so you never know what you're gonna get. shipping damage is likely too. my latest drive from newegg shipped right against the box and got banged around a lot with popped bubble wrap. Also, there's reports of bugs with some AMD/P67 chipset which is fixed by this formware patch[samsung.com] but all drives shipping now should already have the fixed firmware. firmware version 1AJ10001 is unaffected and does not need to be patched, you can check firmware version from HD Tune. mine shipped a year ago with this firmware already, so this shouldn't be a problem.
also forgot to add, these samsungs are pretty darn quiet too.
Last edited by LeetMiniWheat; 08-04-2011 at 06:20 AM..
To clear things up--Seagate took over Samsung's hard drive manufacturing division--not all of Samsung.
Which means that Samsung's quality is about to acquire the legendary Seagate quality -- a bricked drive here, a bricked drive there, now lets do the data loss hockey pockey while waiting for the RMA...
WD's Black drives are too pricey and not good in raids (TLER), and their Green drives I still don't trust.
I always heard and tried reading up on how the WD drives were not good to raid with. I suppose I am just lucky though. I have 4 640GB Blacks in RAID 10 for about a year, no problems. Don't forget about the blue drives either. I had 4 of the 640GB blues in Raid 5 for about 3 months without any issues as well during that short time. I decided to simply seperate them and short stroke them in different computers. The 640GB blacks were $50 during BF newegg sales so I'm sure they'll come down from that this BF. I have one of these Samsung drives and remember reading how it was one of the best 1TB at the time. I'm not saying get a WD, just giving my opinion. These F3's are great drives.
Last edited by skydivingcows; 08-04-2011 at 07:56 AM..
These pillows do not hold their shape. We purchased a pair for a guest room based on a similar price about a month ago and after one weekend, they would not get into their original fluffy shape. Also, extra firm is not firm at all. Hopefully this helps anyone sitting on the fence.
Also i think that the reviewer was using them wrong- they are meant to be used on beds, not on fences like she said
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