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Samsung HD203WI 2TB Spinpoint F3 EcoGreen 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive

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2TB Capacity, SATA-II Interface, 5400RPM Spin Speed, 32MB Cache

This item is currently discontinued and at present, we have no replacement on order.
Quickcode: 39322  
Stock code: HDA-HD203WI
Manuf. code: hd203wi
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Series Spinpoint F3EG
Model HD203WI

Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s
Capacity 2TB
Cache 32MB
Average Seek Time 8.9ms
Average Latency 5.56ms

Physical Spec
Form Factor 3.5"

Warranty Information:

Manufacturer samsung
Warranty Type Direct with Manufacturer
Manufacturer Website
Manufacturer Phone 0845 726 7864
Warranty Period (yrs)3

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Question  Packaging by JSM

Being an OEM drive what kind of protective packaging do you use for shipping?

Answer by thomasr on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
We pack our OEM drives in plenty of strong bumble wrap.

 Excellent by Jas

Bought one of these for external storage as I needed something that wouldn't get too hot, relatively low noise and power consupmtion, high capacity and reliability. This drive ticks all the boxes I was transferring data from an old 750gb maxtor/seagate at an avaerage of 65MB/s, I couldn't hear the samsung over the old drive (which I thought was quiet).

The lower rotational speeds mean that access times may be marginally slower, but power consumption and heat generated should also be lower. Since I'm using this for external storage the access times won't be a problem. I guess they may have more effect if the drive were to be used as a primary OS drive.

Overall excellent drive.

NOTE: On my XP system it took almost 5hrs to do a complete format (not quick format).

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 Super Samsung Spinpoint 2TB Drive by JKay6969

I currently have one of these drives in my system, I say currently as I plan to buy many more, they are fantastic value and better performers than most 2TB drives on the market.

I can transfer files at over 120MB/s to/from this drive and about 80-100MB/s over my LAN!!! They are perfect for HD streaming, Photo/video editing, Gaming or running apps. They would be suitable for running an Operating system but I personally prefer my 1TB Spinpoint due to the faster rotational speed of 7200RPM compared to the 5400RPM of the 2TB F3 Spinpoint. Because of the lower RPM speed access times will be lower but I must admit, I don't notice it.

All my drives are Samsung, from the 2x 500GB F1's,5x 1TB F2's, 3x 1.5TB F2's and my latest addition the 2TB F3. The reason I have all Samsung drives it because they are fast, reliable and quiet, not to mention the best value on the market.

The 3 year warranty is great, only 1 drive has had a problem, when I filled it up it lost some data so I RMA'd it and within 3 weeks I had a brand new drive. I was offered a replacement from any manufacturer but I decided to get another Samsung because they are hard to beat.

If you are thinking what drive to get then all you need to do is decide on a suitable capacity, personally I choose the highest capacity in my budget, and choose the Samsung Spinpoint drive that suits. In my opinion there is only one brand choice, Samsung.

As a quick note, I have tested the 500GB, 1TB and 1.5TB drives in RAID mode, obviously pairing up equal capacity drives, and was satisfied with the boost in speed. I however don't run them in RAID mode normally.

Overall I cannot fault any of the Samsung range of drives in any capacity. Great performance, Low power use, High reliability, Quiet operation and fantastic value for money, what more could you ask for?


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Question  Warranty by sisniper


Noticed this has only 1 year warranty ? Is this really the case?

Answer by cci on Thursday, May 6, 2010
Standard 3 year warranty.

Question  Raid by Ray

Can this disk be used on raid system?

Answer by cci on Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Yes, no reason why not.
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