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Samsung Launches 500 Gigabyte per Platter 3.5-inch Spinpoint F3 Hard Drives

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Samsung Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today its new line-up of high-density hard drives for high-end computing environments, the Spinpoint F3. The F3 operates at 7200 RPM with offerings of up to 1 Terabyte (TB) data storage capacity by using two 500 Gigabyte (GB) per platter disks. As well as meeting data center requirements for addition storage to meet rising demand and increasing performance needs, the new drives also deliver high-performance with lower power for desktop computers and servers.
The Spinpoint F3 utilizes advanced 500 GB per platter technology, so that two-platter 1 TB capacity is achieved. Increased areal density per platter provides up to a 30 percent higher performance than a three-platter 1 TB in the same 3.5" form factor. A reduction in mechanical parts also contributes to enhanced reliability in terms of anti-shock and data failure.


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oooh, 1TB drives with two platters. sounds nice.

Quieter, lower power, 30% better performance - yay :D
 
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short stroke 2 of those 500gb f3 drives in a striped array and you would have a nice fast c drive and then have 2 partitions for data and back up :cool:
 
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And price compared to F1 / F2 is ...?
 

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And price compared to F1 / F2 is ...?
most likely, more expensive. but give it time, F1 and F2 will disappear from the market, and these will end up in the same price category.
 
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Looks like Seagate's minuscule 7200.12 lead has been eroded.:p
Whoa! Samsung is taking over the world! Ruling with monitors, HDDs, quickly rising with RAM, TVs, Phones, Ice-cream flavours, you name it, they got it?:twitch:
 
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short stroke 2 of those 500gb f3 drives in a striped array and you would have a nice fast c drive and then have 2 partitions for data and back up :cool:
I would rather buy an intel SSD for the OS then have 2 drives for data. I always have atleast 2 drives to store and backup data

also, you dont have to worry about taking a RAID hit on performance, worry about having drives made for RAID as they cost more, or the recovery process of rebuilding which isnt always successful either if you use software to automatically mirror the data from one to the other
 
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I would rather buy an intel SSD for the OS then have 2 drives for data. I always have atleast 2 drives to store and backup data

also, you dont have to worry about taking a RAID hit on performance, worry about having drives made for RAID as they cost more, or the recovery process of rebuilding which isnt always successful either if you use software to automatically mirror the data from one to the other
Hmm, judging by Intel's current cheapest 160GB SSD for $460 & the current 1TB F1 price of $80, should I rather buy 160GB or 6TB.... hmm? I think I'll stick with 6TB, or however many drives my case can take before being maxed out.:laugh:
 
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Hmm, judging by Intel's current cheapest 160GB SSD for $460 & the current 1TB F1 price of $80, should I rather buy 160GB or 7TB.... hmm? I think I'll stick with 7TB, or however many drives my case can take before being maxed out.:laugh:
I ended up buying the 80gb for my OS. I installed it last night and I extremely pleased with my first SSD. I also installed two, 2TB WD drives for data. I use Goodsync to copy the data over that runs by a schedule. it all cost about $920 including S&H but I am set for a long time
 
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most likely, more expensive. but give it time, F1 and F2 will disappear from the market, and these will end up in the same price category.
F3 is a replacement for F1, F2 is a low power drive much like WDs green line
 
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500 GB single platter drive for primary would be nice. That would completely remove head/platter changes in data seeks. Nice. I think I know what my next 2 drives will be.
 
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I ended up buying the 80gb for my OS. I installed it last night and I extremely pleased with my first SSD. I also installed two, 2TB WD drives for data. I use Goodsync to copy the data over that runs by a schedule. it all cost about $920 including S&H but I am set for a long time
Not bad. Though with that kind of money, I'd be too tempted to go with 6 x 64GB SSD, which gives me just enough space for OS/Apps, as well as 600MB/s read/writes :D

Any reason to use GoodSync instead of RAID-1? I like Goodsync, but use it for syncing to external drives.
 
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Not bad. Though with that kind of money, I'd be too tempted to go with 6 x 64GB SSD, which gives me just enough space for OS/Apps, as well as 600MB/s read/writes :D

Any reason to use GoodSync instead of RAID-1? I like Goodsync, but use it for syncing to external drives.
lets just say after having lost data twice from a RAID 5 and a RAID 1 implementation I no longer feel comfortable with it. plus by using goodsync you can buy 2 normal drives w/out RAID support for less money to achieve the same thing

reads and writes can have marginal increases in performance but can also take hits based upon RAID 1 and it doesnt have to initialize upon startup. it syncs up once a day at 5am. this just keeps things simple
 
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I ended up buying the 80gb for my OS. I installed it last night and I extremely pleased with my first SSD. I also installed two, 2TB WD drives for data. I use Goodsync to copy the data over that runs by a schedule. it all cost about $920 including S&H but I am set for a long time
IMO it's too soon to jump on the SSD bandwagon. In 1/2 a year they will probably be 5x the current size for 1/2 the price.:rolleyes:
Yes, waiting for prices with tech can be futile, but when prices are dropping at such a rapid rate, it's worth the wait. Besides, it's an emerging tech still, so there are still kinks here and there, and after a while when the prices are also good, those kinks would have been ironed out.
Besides that, SATA3 - 6Gb/s is about to sweep through the industry, so it's better to wait and buy a SATA3 SSD at a lower price, with less bugs and more capacity.:roll:
 

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look at intels one. they halved the price between generatiosn.

Sure it will take a few years - but SSD *will* overtake mechanical drives (as we know them - the HRD drives may change things)
 
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Can't wait for crystal matrix storage. closer and closer to those rods from Star Trek every year.
 
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IMO it's too soon to jump on the SSD bandwagon. In 1/2 a year they will probably be 5x the current size for 1/2 the price.:rolleyes:
Yes, waiting for prices with tech can be futile, but when prices are dropping at such a rapid rate, it's worth the wait. Besides, it's an emerging tech still, so there are still kinks here and there, and after a while when the prices are also good, those kinks would have been ironed out.
Besides that, SATA3 - 6Gb/s is about to sweep through the industry, so it's better to wait and buy a SATA3 SSD at a lower price, with less bugs and more capacity.:roll:
at $225 I had to drink the kool aid. I must say that I am VERY pleased with the performance gains over my Velociraptor. this drive will be able to use TRIM with win7 also

now is a great time to switch. I get to sell my velociraptor while it still holds some value to reimburse the purchase. if I waited another year I would lose another half of its former value. atleast this way I can look at it like an awesome upgrade for $75 instead of $150+