Reviews and Problems with Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB (HD502HJ)
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Pulsating vibration...unusable :(
27 July 2011
Summary: I thought the noise was coming from fans originally, thinking maybe a bearing went out. The HD emits a continuous lower-frequency pulse over the period of a second or so that sounds as if it's spinning off-balance. I decided to just use it, thinking maybe I could use it for some extra storage, but just having it mounted (not even accessing) causes it to start pulsating, enough to give me a headache. The sounds is loud enough for it to be perceptible from another room.
Summary: I HAPPILY use a single WD Raptor 10k rpm HD for my C: System drive (WOW!- FAST!). I then went looking for a fast/Quiet slave HD?- I first tried a WD 640gig, and the "Loud" noise drove me NUTS! Neweg* let me swap it for this Sammie HD502HJ?- It is as fast or faster than the WD (lower priced too!), but has a "low" pulsing hum (1sec)- that is VERY Irritating! If you read enough user reviews- others also mention this hum!
Summary: Drive installed easily, and worked through installation of operating system. Stopped being recognized consistently on boot after another couple days and then proceeded to be very consistent -- never recognized. Moved drive to other SATA ports, and then tried on other computers to no avail. Since a 500GB drive isn't cutting edge technology and is simpler than the new terabyte plus drives there's really no excuse for early death on this drive.
Summary: After less than 6 months I had one of these drives crash without any warning. The BIOS wouldn't even recognize that a HD was plugged into the SATA controller! Came pre-installed on a Dell desktop system. Samsung must be cutting a lot of corners for such a hard failure to happen so quickly.
Excerpt: The Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB Single Platter HDD's have been the best hard drives I have ever owned. They run incredibly cool and are basically silent if you have standard 1800RPM fans in your case. I had for of these HDD's setup in RAID0, short-stroked down from 2TB to 200GB and they performed flawlessly for me for close to a year and a half, Just recently I had an issue with two of them going out on me at the same time but that is expected when you are running them in...
Summary: These are sold as being quiet but samsung hard drives have a defining fault that will drive many to despair. Hard drive oscillating hum is the default position of samsung hard drives and they have driven me crazy for 2 years. I tried everything. Sponge - tape, cable ties, hell even suspending them in mid air inside the case. If you are after a silent or quiet case then I suggest you look elsewhere. The noise is insidious and it gets into your head.
Summary: quick delivery, but wasnt impressed with packaging. the drive was in a plastic shell and then placed in a bigger cardboard box with a bit of paper round it. knowing how the postal system works and how boxes get chucked about i dont think this was adequate so improvement needed here amazon. its was a replacement for a dead western digital drive in an ACER ASPIRE M1610 pc.
Summary: This was a speedy quiet drive when new, but a year later has developed the dreaded Samsung clicking (put Samsung clicking into Google). The drive was not always detected during the POST; when it was, Windows would hang at "Starting Windows" splash. Fortunately it was not my primary C: drive, and removing the drive restored the PC back to full health and speed. I was also fortunate to have a USB2 to SATA & IDE Drive Adapter.
Had a few of these drives and they tend to fail after a few months
26 July 2010
Summary: I had one of these drives in my Mesh PC and it had to be replaced after 5 months...bad sectors/drive clicking/freezing. Tested replacement drive (same model) and it was even worse than my original drive. Engineer tried another 3 samsung drives and they didn't even spin up...Finally got a replacement and this Samsung drive has been OK. Purchased another PC for my mum in law and it had the same drive...failed completely after 8 months..