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Seagate 7200.11 vs. Samsung F1

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Well my little 500gb WD is maxed out and I want to build a raid0 array for the obvious performance improvments. However, I am torn between two Samsung F1s or Seagate 7200.11s.. input anyone??
 

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I would go with the seagate. Both are going to give you pretty much identical performance, but IMO, Seagate makes better quality drives.
 
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Go with whichever costs you less. I unfortunately dropped about $200 on the Seagate 750GB and a week later they had the Samsungs for $115 :banghead:
 

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Of course luck would have it, same price on newegg.. :roll:

Samsung

Seagate

Also interesting to note that neither of these get good reviews on there.. Of course we all know better. :pimp:
 
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WD SE16 640 GB drive is better than both of them . its faster and quiet and uses less power .
 

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I vote for the Seagate if those are your two options. I have always been a WD guy though.
 

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I just bought a Samsung Spinpoint F1 500GB two days ago, very pleased with it so far. Vista 64 filled my little 80GB Maxtor in no time so it was necessary, LOL. Has improved my system overall, is very quiet and cost £47 (about $94) including 17.5% Value added tax. No regrets, at the end of the day ANY manufacturer has failures, nature of the beast.
 

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go with the samsung, it out performs the seagate and uses less power etc
 

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Cheers Panchoman, nice to know I made a good choice for a change!
 

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I've always been a seagate guy... after failed hitachi, ibms and maxtors. I never had a WD drive fail, but the one I had until recently was slow. The seagates WERE the best (for the last 3-5 years or so). However, I switched to Samsung F1 and am not disappointed. They are: very fast, very quiet, run cool, and lower power consumption. Full recommendation from me.

The WD drives have got a lot better too. But IMO the F1's are still better. And I dont like the way "Green power" jumps onto the eco-bandwagon, but isnt really any more eco friendly that competitors.

I agree with pancho, every review I've seen has F1's the winner *on average*. There may occasionally be ONE benchmark that is better, but across all benchmarks, they win. IF you are considering seagate still, then my tip is *NOT* the 7200.11 but the DB35.3 or DB35.4. They are quieter, cooler and designed for enterprise, RAID and video. Much better than 7200.11, but a bit more expensive.
 

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IF you are considering seagate still, then my tip is *NOT* the 7200.11 but the DB35.3 or DB35.4.

Got a link? I tried looking around and couldnt find any for sale, just that they were announced.
 

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cant find db drives, do you mean sv or es?
 
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take a look at this review

spinpoint f1 is faster than seagate , and many times wd se16 640 gb is faster than both.
 
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Thats an interesting review. The WD SE16 640GB is *fast*. Nice. But the speed is achieved through a new, higher, data density. 320GB rather than 250GB per platter. That's impressive. But it also means we can expect Seagate and Samsung to release 320GB platters soon, and they will be top. But quite right... TODAY the WD SE16 seems the fastest. Worth considering.
 
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32mb cache really helps though. I want a 320GB platter 32mb cache drive.
 

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Samsung uses 334gb platters in their 1TB drive, and it has 32mb cache, so there ya go Danish! As far as speed vs. capacity, the WD 640GB 2-platter is 5 dollars more (at newegg) than the Samsung F1 750GB 3 platter at ZipZoomFly. It all just depends on what your priorities are.
 
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Samsung F1's are nice but the WD RE2's are where the performance is really at right now.
7200.11's are not too great, lots of them are failing, and they are pretty slow.
 
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Samsung uses 334gb platters in their 1TB drive, and it has 32mb cache, so there ya go Danish! As far as speed vs. capacity, the WD 640GB 2-platter is 5 dollars more (at newegg) than the Samsung F1 750GB 3 platter at ZipZoomFly. It all just depends on what your priorities are.

ya samsung f1 750mb drive also has 3 platters , same as their 1 tb drive , but has some GB deactivated on the third platter.
 

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ya samsung f1 750mb drive also has 3 platters , same as their 1 tb drive , but has some GB deactivated on the third platter.

That's true, I didn't know if that was worth mentioning or not.
 

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Well, I decided to take the plunge and go with the Samsung F1 750GB ( x2 of course). I cant wait to put them in a RAID and let those puppies scream..
 
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