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2TB Samsung HD204UI/Z4 Spinpoint F4EG, SATA 3Gb/s, 5400rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9ms, NCQ - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-samsung-hd204ui-z4-spinpoint-f4eg-sata-3gb-s-5400rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq

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2TB Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green, SATA 3Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms - http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-western-digital-wd20ears-caviar-green-sata-3gb-s-intellipower-64mb-cache-8ms

Wondering which HDD I should go for biggrin.gif
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The Samsung has a faster seek time and runs a little cooler. The WD uses less power but that causes the drive to go into like a hibernation. When running HDTune Pro on these tow units the Samsung performs a lot better consistently. It takes a few ms for the WD Green to respond and it has some pretty slow lows during seek.
So I would say go for the Samsung.

EDIT: I didn't notice the Samsung is a Green drive as well. I have no experience with a green Samsung. The regular F4 is very nice it's in my sig rig. Since they both are green I would guess they both are gonna be a little on the slow side.
Edited by King Nothing - 5/27/11 at 11:19am
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I would recomend the samsung f4 if you plan to raid because of the WD greens narcolepsy issue will cause it to loose conectiivity to the raid array. Benchmarks actually say the samsung uses less power (13 watts with the f4 vs 14 with the green when their in use). Ive used both and their both good drives but the samsung is a bit better, although not sure whats going to happen since samsung sold their HDD division
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I'd say the Samsung F4 is the way to go. Western Digital drives have had quite a few problems with RAID in the past, and their Green series have seen more than their share of RMAs.

In addition, the F4 is a bit faster, and usually cheaper (although only a couple pounds in this case).
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Don't want to thread hijack , but I'm facing the same question. I'd like to add these two hard drives as well :

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681

HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145475&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL052411&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL052411-_-EMC-052411-Index-_-InternalHardDrives-_-22145475-L0A

All for $70 at newegg with promo codes.
So, now which one of these four?(two in op, two in this post)

I'm leaning towards the seagate because of faster speed..
Edited by lurkingdevil - 5/27/11 at 1:15pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lurkingdevil;13658313 
Don't want to thread hijack , but I'm facing the same question. I'd like to add these two hard drives as well :

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681

HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145475&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL052411&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL052411-_-EMC-052411-Index-_-InternalHardDrives-_-22145475-L0A

So, now which one of these four?(two in op, two in this post)

The only experience I've had with Hitachi drives are their 2.5'' laptop HDDs. I've never had a problem, though, and I've heard great things about their 3.5'' cousins.

Seagate, on the other hand, has lost me as a customer. I have had two of their drives die on me, and I'm not too eager to buy another.

I'd still stick with the Samsung F4. Samsung drives have always worked well for me, they're fast, and they usually cost quite a bit less than similar drives.
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Quote:
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The only experience I've had with Hitachi drives are their 2.5'' laptop HDDs. I've never had a problem, though, and I've heard great things about their 3.5'' cousins.

Seagate, on the other hand, has lost me as a customer. I have had two of their drives die on me, and I'm not too eager to buy another.

I'd still stick with the Samsung F4. Samsung drives have always worked well for me, they're fast, and they usually cost quite a bit less than similar drives.

A seagate drive failed on me a few months ago, it had only come back from RMA a year ago. RMA was fairly smooth though as there is a seagate service center in my city.
I'll be using the drive to store media, data and games.

But rationally thinking, the seagate runs at 5900 rpm and comes with 64MB cache for the same price. Wouldn't it be the best option?

I'm just looking for opinions before I pull the trigger.
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Quote:
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A seagate drive failed on me a few months ago, it had only come back from RMA a year ago. RMA was fairly smooth though as there is a seagate service center in my city.
I'll be using the drive to store media, data and games.

But rationally thinking, the seagate runs at 5900 rpm and comes with 64MB cache for the same price. Wouldn't it be the best option?

I'm just looking for opinions before I pull the trigger.

I can't find any reliable benchmarks of the Seagate drive, but yes, it appears it would be a marginally faster than the Samsung.

However, I just can't recommend the Seagate drive. I have used Samsung and Western Digital drives for years, and at one point dropped the Western Digital Black drive that is currently in my system. I have never experienced any problems with these drives. The Seagate drives I bought only lasted me a couple months of normal use before they went out. The main thing I look for in a storage drive is reliability, not speed, and Seagate drives have failed me in that aspect.

If that doesn't convince you, just take a look at the Newegg reviews of the Seagate drive. I usually don't bother with Newegg reviews, but these blatantly prove my point. While these drives have been on sale at Newegg, 24% of buyers have reported them to be DOA. Compared to a meager 7% of Samsung drives.

You can buy the Seagate drives if you want, but just make sure to back up your data. I lost over 1TB of data because I was stupid in trusting the reliability of Seagate drives.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thisischuck01;13658820 
I can't find any reliable benchmarks of the Seagate drive, but yes, it appears it would be a marginally faster than the Samsung.

However, I just can't recommend the Seagate drive. I have used Samsung and Western Digital drives for years, and at one point dropped the Western Digital Black drive that is currently in my system. I have never experienced any problems with these drives. The Seagate drives I bought only lasted me a couple months of normal use before they went out. The main thing I look for in a storage drive is reliability, not speed, and Seagate drives have failed me in that aspect.

If that doesn't convince you, just take a look at the Newegg reviews of the Seagate drive. I usually don't bother with Newegg reviews, but these blatantly prove my point. While these drives have been on sale at Newegg, 24% of buyers have reported them to be DOA. Compared to a meager 7% of Samsung drives.

You can buy the Seagate drives if you want, but just make sure to back up your data. I lost over 1TB of data because I was stupid in trusting the reliability of Seagate drives.

Ok then, guess I'll just go with samsung wink.gif

One thing I'd like to say is that more people whose drives fail or are DOA write newegg reviews than people who get working drives.
But your point is correct, relatively samsung have better reviews.

Btw what is the warranty on these? Is it international, cause I'll be taking the hdd to asia. I know seagate's warranty is international due to my previous rma experiences.

Thanks.
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Ok then, guess I'll just go with samsung wink.gif
Good choice. tongue.gif
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One thing I'd like to say is that more people whose drives fail or are DOA write newegg reviews than people who get working drives.
But your point is correct, relatively samsung have better reviews.
That's very true, and a good point. But even if you look at it that way, Samsung still has a better reputation (at least based on Newegg reviews).
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Btw what is the warranty on these? Is it international, cause I'll be taking the hdd to asia. I know seagate's warranty is international due to my previous rma experiences.

You have a three year warranty on these drives. Samsung's hard drive line was just recently bought by Seagate (just a couple days ago, actually), so your warranty should be honored by Seagate. I'm quite sure Samsung had an international warranty as well, as they're based in Asia (South Korea). Just in case your warranty falls back on Samsung rather than Seagate, which is rather unlikely.

@#$@^&$@ &*! Seagate... sozo.gif
Looks like I have to go back to buying WD, unless Seagate can put out some worthwhile products... thanks to their new acquisition.sozo.gif
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