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Old October 18, 2010, 07:17 PM
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I'd personally suggest the Samsung F3 1TB. I have a total of 5 of them in my house. 3 of them are in RAID5 alongside my Vertex 2 and the other 2 are part of a RAID10 array on my server with the other 2 drives being 7200.12s.

All of them are running great thus far. Same goes for the 7200.12s though, but they're slightly slower. Nothing drastic though. I did have some issues with a 500GB 7200.12, seemed it got pretty badly corrupted or something and needed a low-level format via the SeaTools utility until it worked again.
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In terms of performance Samsung=WD>Seagate>Hitachi.

In many cases the Samsung F3's out perform or are very equal to the WD Blacks. The others perform marginally better. So I'm going to +1 jdrom's suggestion for sure, since the Samsung 1TB F3 performs like the WD black at the price of the Seagate.
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I have to throw my 2c in, +1 for the Samsung 1TB F3 HD103SJ. I have four of them running without a hitch. Make sure you get HD103SJ not UJ, uj's are the older slower model.
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Seems like the samsung f3 is pricing at 79.99.

I think I will probably go for seagate since it's only 59.99.
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If it helps, I have one Black Edition and one Barracuda 7200.12 and have nothing bad to say about either.
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Seems like the samsung f3 is pricing at 79.99.

I think I will probably go for seagate since it's only 59.99.
You should be able to find an F3 for 60 ish too.
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I have a 1tb Black running my OS, working great. Also got a 1tb green that was in an external drive I got 1.5 years ago, took apart and put in my system last month. It's just holding movies and TV right now, but when I open it I can hear it spin up... personally I would rather pay a fer cents extra on the power bill to not have to hear it spin up everytime I access it.
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I have 2 1TB 7200.12 drives in my system and they work great. Got them for about $40ish + tax each and I think they're pretty much as fast as WD Blacks or F3s, but maybe slightly slower which you can only see in benchmarks and not real world performance. Unless you want the absolute best performance, I'd go for whatever you can get the cheapest whether it be Seagate, WD, or Samsung and save some money :D
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