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Hi, I just recently got my Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. It currently is my main drive and so far I pretty much have only my OS installed on it. I've noticed that this drive is very loud. Even when the computer is idle and not running any programs, the drive sounds like it is constantly seeking and reading/writing. I've ran HD Tune and my results have been very low.

Min 5 mb/s
Max 20 mb/s
Average 12 mb/s
Access Time 25.8ms
Burst Rate 45 mb/s

Do you think I received a bad drive? Anyone else with the Spinpoint F3 experience this on the first few days? I've tried defraging the drive too, but nothing changed.
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mine is external on top of my case under my desk and i never hear it.
    
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Does sound like a bad drive to me, check SMART values with HD Tune. Also scan for bad sectors etc.

Any HDD manufactures can have bad drives, its just luck of draw
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My HD Tune benchmarks are really inconsistent. I was able to get readings of max 120 and min 10, but as soon as I try again a few minutes later.. I get the low numbers again. It seems like even with the smallest applications, this HD reads/writes for ages.
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Originally Posted by krnb0iek;13328156 
Hi, I just recently got my Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. It currently is my main drive and so far I pretty much have only my OS installed on it. I've noticed that this drive is very loud. Even when the computer is idle and not running any programs, the drive sounds like it is constantly seeking and reading/writing. I've ran HD Tune and my results have been very low.

Min 5 mb/s
Max 20 mb/s
Average 12 mb/s
Access Time 25.8ms
Burst Rate 45 mb/s

Do you think I received a bad drive? Anyone else with the Spinpoint F3 experience this on the first few days? I've tried defraging the drive too, but nothing changed.

Bad drive for sure. My seq read/writes are like 140MB/150MB, like 11ms access time. And I got some garbage SiS controller for it.

Better RMA it quick.
    
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post #6 of 28
All signs point to a bad drive mate.
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could be the os accessing a program while you are running hd tune. try running hd tune while in safe mode. If the results are still low them i would request a rma/exchange/refund
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RMA... here's what a Samsung F3 1TB should look like in HDTune:

samsungf3raid1hdtune.jpg
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post #9 of 28
You're using the SB850 chipset which is known to have problems on some of the older Spinpoint F3 firmware. Your problems are the symptoms of this bug. So you might want to try a firmware update before you send it back. Although if you send it back you might get one with the new firmware smile.gif.

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=308
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So I tried running HD Tune in safe mode. Here are the results.

30-April-2011_11-49.png

And here are my results running windows in normal mode.

30-April-2011_11-57.png

I have no idea why this hard drive is so slow when I run windows normally. Any help?
Edited by krnb0iek - 4/30/11 at 12:03pm
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