Reviews and Problems with Samsung EcoGreen F3 2TB (HD203WI)
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Great hard drive
2 October 2013
Summary: Runs quietly, doesn't get too hot. I considered buying a different 3 TB drive, but this 2 TB has lots of space left even after I copied over tons of images and other files from my backup dvds. A few instructions would have helped with setup since it came with nothing, but got it working anyway. No problems with my Nexstar external hard drive enclosure. As long as it keeps working, it should be a great backup storage drive.
Summary: I have a NAS populated with 5 of these drives and also one media player. The main purpose of the 2 pieces of hardware is storage for mostly media files. These Samsung drives are relatively quiet, remain cool and do their job well. There are other drives out there that are similar and I cannot find anything bad to say about these drives nor anything to suggest they are that much superior to their counterparts. I would buy these drives again with no regrets.
Summary: I have been using six of these drives for eight months and report no problems. They stay cool, very cool. That is the main reason to go with 5400 RPM. I format the drives with NTFS and specify 64K clusters because I mostly use them for large files like video. They are also quiet. In a PC, this drive works well for mass storage and use an SSD drive for OS and apps; I use the Crucial RealSSD. I also stack four of them in a Synology 410j NAS.
Summary: I have two of these that I bought from NE, after about a month of usage, they run as expected. They are fast, cool in my case, and quiet. No problems whatsoever. I did do a firmware upgrade, as there is a possible firmware issue that I did not notice on my drives but I did the upgrade just in case. I should mention that at NE, they get excellent reviews. HD tune reads this drive as 139 MB/sec Max, 62.1 MB/sec Min, 105.8 MB/sec average, and 134.7 MB/sec burst rate.
Summary: If it takes between one and three months to deliver this hard drive, what's the point of having it in the Amazon catalogue, because other firms are selling it for the same price at one-to-three DAYS delivery...
Summary: For those looking for a low power consuming drive (for the environment or power saving) this massive 2TB drive is an extremely good deal. Installation was easy and I've had no issues with it whatsoever since then. It runs at 5400RPM against the normal 7200, however I have not noticed much of a delayed response due to this, at most I'd say only 1/10th slower. Pros: - A lot of space for your money. - Runs quietly. - Not much slower than a normal hard drive.
Summary: I use this for video storage on my PC. The 2TB capacity (approx 1810 GiBi formatted) is excellent, as is its performance. I used this to replace a Samsung 7200rpm 500gb drive, and can honestly say that I've seen no difference in seek or access times between the two drives. There's been not stutter during playback with this drive installed, thanks in part to the 32mb buffer.
Summary: I just thought I'd a quick review to the Samsung F3 drives. I've been using two of them in my Drobo connected to my iMac through Firewire. What I can say so far is, they are cool and relatively quiet drives. I can't comment on raw performance as it is in my Drobo. The price on Amazon is very tempting, to purchase two more to fill up my Drobo. I could go for Western Digital drives with 64MB cache for an extra £10 on it.