Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1 TB Internal Hard Drive

SATA - 7200 rpm - 32 MB Buffer - Hot Swappable - MPN: HD103UJ
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NoiseGuard SilentSeek Staggerd Spin-up Support ATA S.M.A.R.T. Compliant Intelligent compensation of external disturbance Advanced dynamic FOD control for best data integrity Improved recording stability over temperature with PMR
Summary
Product Title Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1 TB Internal Hard Drive
Manufacturer Samsung
Lowest Price $70.00 from ServerSupply.com
Power Score 4.2 | 12 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Best Hard Drive (Internal)
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Hard Drive as a best pick for the Best Hard Drive (Internal). Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Samsung SpinPoint F1 SATA300 HD-UJ Series
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 34 expert reviews for Samsung SpinPoint F1 SATA300 HD-UJ Series and the average expert rating is 91 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Samsung Spinpoint F1 - HD103UJ
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Nov 23, 2010

The Spinpoint F1 line is a line of mid-priced internal hard disk drives from Samsung. The models in the F1 line differ in capacity, buffer memory and drive ready time. Feature-wise, the Spinpoint series is much like Samsungs EcoGreen series of internal hard disk drives, but with a faster drive speed (7200 RPM), and without EcoGreens EcoTriangleTM guarantee of eco-friendly parts. However, the Spinpoint series is still RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) and S.M.A.R.T. compliant, which makes it environmentally friendly to some degree. Samsungs Noiseguard and SilentSeek technologies ensure a low-noise performance. Like Samsungs EcoGreens, the Spinpoint F1 series is being promoted as a series with improved performance, due to its dual-ARM based firmware and SATA native command queuing feature, which optimizes the order in which commands are executed. There are 334 GB of formatted capacity per disk in the Spinpoint F1 series. Features 7200 RPM drive speed SATA 3.0 Gbps drive interface SATA native command queuing feature Device-initiated SATA power management Staggered spin-up support RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant Dual-ARM ... PROS: (1) good performance - burst read speed of approx. 150mb/sec (2) good customer support from the manufacturer - fast RMA process for defective drives (3) very quiet - good for use in low-noise PCs without sacrificing performance (4) long manufacturer warranty - 3 years (5) runs cool - stays around 25 degrees on average ... CONS: (1) hard to find - has been replaced by newer models

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User Reviews
Top Drive, Fast Quiet and reliable
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Speed, Noise and power consumption.

Weakness: Cost more than the EcoGreen drives

I've seen a lot of poor reviews on these drives, but have yet to have one fail. They run much cooler than the equivalent Seagates and much quieter. I've had two for over 12 months and have purchased another three in that time also. A lot of people reported these drives reverting to 32Mb and returned them. Turned out it was a bios embedded sata controller issue.

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TWO DEAD AFTER 6 MONTHS
1 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Jul 25, 2009   

Strengths: Works well, and fast, WHILE IT WORKS AT ALL.

Weakness: I have had two of these drives die on me in a matter of 6 months. The first one died after 4. The second I knew that when I heard it clicking like the last one that it was die soon.

Don't bother buying one of these drives. They will RMA it for you pretty easily while the warranty lasts, but that's about all. After that you are going to be screwed. I will never buy a Samsung hard drive again.

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Don't Buy It - Quality Control Issues with Samsung!
1 Star Review   By member paulpi - Jun 11, 2009   

Strengths: Haven't been able to install it yet, after 2 returns

Weakness: Poor quality assurance from Samsung.

I purchased this drive from ZipZoomFly for $115 in 12/08, but did not install it until 6/09. When I got around to installing it, it failed to format and BIOS did not recognize the drive. Too late to send back to the retailer, I used Samsungs' warranty to get a new drive sent to me after paying for shipping back to Samsung. They sent a new one out and when I went to install it, it was showing only 715GB available instead of 1TB...so once again, it has to be sent back to Samsung for another one....let's hope third time is a charm. As of this writing, I am waiting for the RMA and shipping label to return the 2nd one. I knoticed that the price has now dropped dramatically on this item to $79 with a $10 Samsung mail in rebate. I am not surprised due to the quality control issues that they are having with this product. Save yourself the headaches and buy from a different manufacturer. I have never had any problems with Seagate or WD. One other issue, when I installed it for the first time, it activated my RAID controller on my motherboard and now I cannot turn off the RAID controller in BIOS and I get RAID error messages upon bootup. I may have to reflash my BIOS thanks to this product.

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Fast quick drive while they work
1 Star Review   By Harv on Mwave.com - Mar 2, 2009   

Strengths: Huge space, low price

Weakness: Lasted me only a few months

Drive was a good buy at the time and worked fairly well until it fails. The drive failed slowly causing some issues with my system. After it was removed my system ran faster. I don't think I will buy another Samsung.

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Nice Drive
5 Star Review   By samsumg 1TB on Mwave.com - Feb 7, 2009   

Strengths: Quiet, easy install

No problems with Vista 64 install. Lotta bad reviews out there but this drive has no problems so far. I will buy another one just waiting for the price to drop a little

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Great drive, great price.
5 Star Review   By Combustible Pigeon on Mwave.com - Nov 21, 2008   

Strengths: Eek.

Weakness: Argh.

Installed on Vista 64 as well, and thanks to the above reviewer had no problems formatting or transferring my old primary over. Get 'em while you can, guys. Its a good, quiet drive. And the price is phenomenal.

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Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Hard Drive
5 Star Review   By Cal on Mwave.com - Oct 18, 2008   

Strengths: Easy Vista 64 bit install. Manually NTFS formatted to 931.5 GB; as it should. No bad sectors. Silent Drive and with reliable performance so far.

Old Maxtor 300 GB PATA Drive data copied over to new Samsung 1 TB SATA drive using Acronis True Image Home Software. Image copy and system transfer was flawless, with Samsung drive taking over, and Windows Vista 64 bit system not missing a beat. For those considering this drive; the price is right, and if you have never partiioned / formatted a drive, just remember that the drive will not be recoqnized by Windows Vista until you create partion(s) and format the drive. This can be found in the System and Maintenance section of the control panel.

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Best Drives I have ever used
5 Star Review   By Cardio on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Oct 15, 2008   

Strengths: Fast,quiet and cool. Best drive ever by far and I have used hundreds of HD's

Weakness: I don't know of any!

This drive is silent and fast. It runs very, very cool hardly even warm. Currently have 6 installed in one computer and could not be more pleased. Provantage is great and these drives are superb.

83% of readers found this review helpful.

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beefy storage
4 Star Review     

Strengths: lots of space, quick on large file operations

Weakness: not silent

No problems, works as expected. A word of caution though I have seen several other reviews of this drive saying the drives were dying out in a matter of weeks. Either some early quality control issues or some compatibility issues with Nvidia chipset based motherboards.

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NoiseGuard SilentSeek Staggerd Spin-up Support ATA S.M.A.R.T. Compliant Intelligent compensation of external disturbance Advanced dynamic FOD control for best data integrity Improved recording stability over temperature with PMR
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Product Title Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1 TB Internal Hard Drive
Manufacturer Samsung
Lowest Price $70.00 from ServerSupply.com
Power Score 4.2 | 12 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
Best Hard Drive (Internal)
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Hard Drive as a best pick for the Best Hard Drive (Internal). Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Samsung SpinPoint F1 SATA300 HD-UJ Series
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 34 expert reviews for Samsung SpinPoint F1 SATA300 HD-UJ Series and the average expert rating is 91 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Samsung Spinpoint F1 - HD103UJ
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Nov 23, 2010

The Spinpoint F1 line is a line of mid-priced internal hard disk drives from Samsung. The models in the F1 line differ in capacity, buffer memory and drive ready time. Feature-wise, the Spinpoint series is much like Samsungs EcoGreen series of internal hard disk drives, but with a faster drive speed (7200 RPM), and without EcoGreens EcoTriangleTM guarantee of eco-friendly parts. However, the Spinpoint series is still RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) and S.M.A.R.T. compliant, which makes it environmentally friendly to some degree. Samsungs Noiseguard and SilentSeek technologies ensure a low-noise performance. Like Samsungs EcoGreens, the Spinpoint F1 series is being promoted as a series with improved performance, due to its dual-ARM based firmware and SATA native command queuing feature, which optimizes the order in which commands are executed. There are 334 GB of formatted capacity per disk in the Spinpoint F1 series. Features 7200 RPM drive speed SATA 3.0 Gbps drive interface SATA native command queuing feature Device-initiated SATA power management Staggered spin-up support RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant Dual-ARM ... PROS: (1) good performance - burst read speed of approx. 150mb/sec (2) good customer support from the manufacturer - fast RMA process for defective drives (3) very quiet - good for use in low-noise PCs without sacrificing performance (4) long manufacturer warranty - 3 years (5) runs cool - stays around 25 degrees on average ... CONS: (1) hard to find - has been replaced by newer models

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Top Drive, Fast Quiet and reliable
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Speed, Noise and power consumption.

Weakness: Cost more than the EcoGreen drives

I've seen a lot of poor reviews on these drives, but have yet to have one fail. They run much cooler than the equivalent Seagates and much quieter. I've had two for over 12 months and have purchased another three in that time also. A lot of people reported these drives reverting to 32Mb and returned them. Turned out it was a bios embedded sata controller issue.

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TWO DEAD AFTER 6 MONTHS
1 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Jul 25, 2009   

Strengths: Works well, and fast, WHILE IT WORKS AT ALL.

Weakness: I have had two of these drives die on me in a matter of 6 months. The first one died after 4. The second I knew that when I heard it clicking like the last one that it was die soon.

Don't bother buying one of these drives. They will RMA it for you pretty easily while the warranty lasts, but that's about all. After that you are going to be screwed. I will never buy a Samsung hard drive again.

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Don't Buy It - Quality Control Issues with Samsung!
1 Star Review   By member paulpi - Jun 11, 2009   

Strengths: Haven't been able to install it yet, after 2 returns

Weakness: Poor quality assurance from Samsung.

I purchased this drive from ZipZoomFly for $115 in 12/08, but did not install it until 6/09. When I got around to installing it, it failed to format and BIOS did not recognize the drive. Too late to send back to the retailer, I used Samsungs' warranty to get a new drive sent to me after paying for shipping back to Samsung. They sent a new one out and when I went to install it, it was showing only 715GB available instead of 1TB...so once again, it has to be sent back to Samsung for another one....let's hope third time is a charm. As of this writing, I am waiting for the RMA and shipping label to return the 2nd one. I knoticed that the price has now dropped dramatically on this item to $79 with a $10 Samsung mail in rebate. I am not surprised due to the quality control issues that they are having with this product. Save yourself the headaches and buy from a different manufacturer. I have never had any problems with Seagate or WD. One other issue, when I installed it for the first time, it activated my RAID controller on my motherboard and now I cannot turn off the RAID controller in BIOS and I get RAID error messages upon bootup. I may have to reflash my BIOS thanks to this product.

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Fast quick drive while they work
1 Star Review   By Harv on Mwave.com - Mar 2, 2009   

Strengths: Huge space, low price

Weakness: Lasted me only a few months

Drive was a good buy at the time and worked fairly well until it fails. The drive failed slowly causing some issues with my system. After it was removed my system ran faster. I don't think I will buy another Samsung.

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Nice Drive
5 Star Review   By samsumg 1TB on Mwave.com - Feb 7, 2009   

Strengths: Quiet, easy install

No problems with Vista 64 install. Lotta bad reviews out there but this drive has no problems so far. I will buy another one just waiting for the price to drop a little

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Great drive, great price.
5 Star Review   By Combustible Pigeon on Mwave.com - Nov 21, 2008   

Strengths: Eek.

Weakness: Argh.

Installed on Vista 64 as well, and thanks to the above reviewer had no problems formatting or transferring my old primary over. Get 'em while you can, guys. Its a good, quiet drive. And the price is phenomenal.

0% of readers found this review helpful.

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Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Hard Drive
5 Star Review   By Cal on Mwave.com - Oct 18, 2008   

Strengths: Easy Vista 64 bit install. Manually NTFS formatted to 931.5 GB; as it should. No bad sectors. Silent Drive and with reliable performance so far.

Old Maxtor 300 GB PATA Drive data copied over to new Samsung 1 TB SATA drive using Acronis True Image Home Software. Image copy and system transfer was flawless, with Samsung drive taking over, and Windows Vista 64 bit system not missing a beat. For those considering this drive; the price is right, and if you have never partiioned / formatted a drive, just remember that the drive will not be recoqnized by Windows Vista until you create partion(s) and format the drive. This can be found in the System and Maintenance section of the control panel.

86% of readers found this review helpful.

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Best Drives I have ever used
5 Star Review   By Cardio on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Oct 15, 2008   

Strengths: Fast,quiet and cool. Best drive ever by far and I have used hundreds of HD's

Weakness: I don't know of any!

This drive is silent and fast. It runs very, very cool hardly even warm. Currently have 6 installed in one computer and could not be more pleased. Provantage is great and these drives are superb.

83% of readers found this review helpful.

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beefy storage
4 Star Review     

Strengths: lots of space, quick on large file operations

Weakness: not silent

No problems, works as expected. A word of caution though I have seen several other reviews of this drive saying the drives were dying out in a matter of weeks. Either some early quality control issues or some compatibility issues with Nvidia chipset based motherboards.

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