SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ / ST1000DM005)

  • 1TB Capacity
  • SATA-II Interface
  • 7200RPM Spin Speed
  • 8.9ms Average Seek Time
  • 32MB Cache
  • 3 Year Warranty.
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Stock Code: HD-082-SA

EAN: 0880899334376


Manufacturer: Samsung

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SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ / ST1000DM005)

The F3 operates at 7200RPM with offerings of up to 1TB data storage capacity by using two 500GB per platter disks. As well as meeting datacentre requirements for addition storage to meet rising demand and increasing performance needs, the new drives also deliver high-performance with lower power for desktop computers and servers.

- Capacity: 1TB
- Cache: 32MB
- Interface: SATA-II
- Spin Speed: 7200RPM
- Seek Time: 8.9ms
- Warranty: 3 Years

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Average customer rating

(from 37 customer reviews)
All Time (37)

fantastic buy

no need to spend any more for a storage disk. this thing is fast, cheap, quiet and reliable - what more do you want?

the sheer number of reviews here speaks for itself. these drives are popular for a reason

Angus 2011-09-04

Great value!

A great HDD for the price! However, it's best to have this HDD suspended in the case because otherwise it produces quite a bit of sound.

NilatB 2011-07-29


Very fast and cheap. Had to bungee mod it though due to being very noisy, but all is well now after the mod.

Martin 2011-07-26

Great HD

Great price and good turn of speed.

mikeo 2011-06-22


Just superb, it's fast, quick to access.
Very quiet, I can't find anything negative to write about this hdd.
And as usual great service from OCuk.

Stuart 2011-05-28

Just Great

Nice big HDD for my backed up games and films.
highly Recommend

Alan 2011-04-09

Good not great

It seems quick and is good value but it is too noisy. Very noticably so when loading games etc

Dave 2011-02-25

Best HDD I've bought

I bought this drive to be used an a large storage volume as well as to load programs on which I could not fit on my SSD.
I was pleasantly surprised by the speed of it, when transferring large files from it to my SSD it max's out at 130MB/S (Read)

The other way round it gets to around 120MB/S (Write)

Phil 2011-02-22

Great Upgrade

Great service from "Overclockers"
Order two of these excellent drives delivered next day. The drives were packaged very well (Oversize box with plenty of bubble)

These drives replace the three-year-old "Seagate Barracuda" that have served me well.

No raid, one drive primary and one storage.

Not much of a benchmark chap but to give you a comparison of the improvement read on.

The drive were installed on a "EVGA 680i SLI"

In the "window" device manager I carried out a read test with the sata controller.

The old "Barracuda" read at around 69.1 million bytes per second.

The new "Samsung Spinpoint read at around 150 million bytes per second.

So the drives read at twice the speed and are very quite.

Encoding and boot times all improved by far.

Enough said.

All my praises to the "Overclockers Team"


James 2011-02-19

Fantastic Drive

Purchased two of these, one for data and one for back up duties. Loaded them in the cradle, cabled up and booted, so far so good. Very quiet and fast.
Ordered 3pm, received next day before 12; what can I say, Overclockers have come through yet again - great service and price.

Rich 2011-01-05


They keep getting better with each revision. Definitely worth the extra few quid to go for the 7200rpm version of this as well, it's still quiet, and file browsing at the moment is incomparable with my SSD.

Jon Bennett 2010-12-31

Excellent HDD

Amazing HDD for the price.

Fast, lots of storage space and silent.

Ast3r 2010-12-30


first thanks for the speedy delivery 5*****. after letting the drive get to room temperature then windows seven installed it smoothly i was up and running in 5 mins the read and write is quick no noise i recommend this for value and superb specs double platter technology is exellent
i recomend this sofware for enhancing the full potential of this drive HDDScan for windows free HDD diagnostic utility

BRIAN CARR 2010-10-27

Brilliant Drive

I have two and no sign of the noise and vibration mentioned by someone else. Very fast, very good, amazingly cheap - and put one in one of the also brilliant Akasa duo Docks and you have a bargain e-SATA or USB plug-in back-up

Robin Cowley 2010-10-23

Nice drive

Nice and fast drive. Great price.

This drive is about 10% faster than the boot drive it replaced, a 500GB WD Blue. Not a massive gain but welcome anyway.

Only one small issue is with noise and vibration it generates. I noticed immediately the increase after installing the drive and could feel the vibration through the case. I only noticed because my computer is more or less quiet in idle conditions. I've suspended the drive now and the vibration and noise is gone.

Tony 2010-10-13

Great drive

I bought this initially as a storage drive, but for a HDD its surprisingly fast!
I now use this as a Boot drive, with 160 mb/s read and 110 mb/s write!!

I put two of the 500gb in software RAID0 and hit 280 mb/s read and write. Sadly Software RAID0 cant be a boot disk :(

Great drives, Be interesting to see what the F4 spin points are like

Dean Ashby 2010-09-12


Awesome hard drive good, fast, cheap, and 1TB? What isn't their to like :D

Reece 2010-08-25

Brilliant Drive

Whisper quiet and fast, mine is fully loaded with 931Gb worth of movies and it has never missed a beat.

Cannot comment on what its like as a OS HDD but as storage media it has been faultless.

zootfloot 2010-07-16

Fast & Quiet

I bought two of these drives for my Mac Pro replacing earlier Samsung drives. I Raided them and I now average 240Mb read & write which is wicked for HD work in FCP. They are quiet too. I can only hear my Seagate drive Mac HD. Because of this I bought another for my audio work. I would recommend them highly at this price.

Allan Fawkes 2010-07-08

great drive

if you put 2 of them in RAID0 , create yourself 200Gb partition and that will give you 250MB/s read and 220MB/s write stable . the response then will be around 10ms and Win7 Score 6.1

tripper23 2010-05-26

Super Drives

I have just bought two of these drives nad they're wicked. Very easy to install in my Mac Pro and when I had partitioned them into a Raid they are averaging 240 read/write speeds. I really recomend these to serious HD video users. Very quiet too!

Allan Fawkes 2010-04-14

good but annoying

also have one in MY shuttle HTPC, thought it was just me since most reviews dont mention it having a noise! has an annoying hum, which i tried to remove by putting to sleep when inactive, which just means it takes an age to wake up; good points, its fast, and it was cheap- just not silent.

chris 2010-04-05

Get one already

Very rapid and silent drive. I tested mine and it gives 145MB/s read and 142MB/s write speeds!

TemiD 2010-03-29


Got this as part of a HTPC, but it emites a very annoying vibration that transmits through the case as a humming that goes up and down. gonna have to look else-where for a drive for a silent pc

daz 2010-03-09

Excellent HDD

Bought this a few months ago to use as a downloads storage drive.

It's very quick and also very quiet.

Also, it's extremely easy to install, Windows recognised it immediately after boot-up and a quick format took 5 seconds. It then showed up in "My Computer".

This is an excellent choice whether you're looking for a drive for a new system, or just looking to add some extra storage.

I'm thinking of buying another one if it ever runs out. Hope they have enough stock!

Service from OcUK was exemplary as always.

ASIM 2010-02-21

Great Drive

Very easy to set-up and fast,nice and quiet,i have 2 of these running as storage and will be getting a few more,great drive for the money....

Michael 2010-02-14

Good HD

Very easy to install, Fast Hard drive.

couldnt ask for more :D

JDL 2010-02-03

Good drive

Bought one of these at the weekend for a new C: drive. My Raptor was first gen and getting a bit long in the tooth.

Drive is so much more quieter and not sure if I'm imagining it but seems alot quicker too.

Overall a good buy and at a decent price too

Rev 2009-11-30

Cool Hard Drive

I bought it for install Windows 7 - I find this hard drive very good and very fast with 2x500GB platter also very cheap from OCUK so buy one before too late - Highly recommend!!!

Martin 2009-10-24

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Ca

All I can say is this is the hard drive to buy in this price range. Large storage capacity and fast read/write speeds.

Ben 2009-10-21


Have 2 in RAID0
Averaging 140-160mbs read & write

K Moore 2009-10-16


Just works, that's all I can really say! I have two, a 320gb as a master then this as a slave, and I can't find anything wrong with either of them, there's never any lag, and transfering files between them is done far faster than I expected!

Muel 2009-10-11

Fantastic Speed

Great service from ocuk (as usual).

Bought 2 have installed XP on one and will install vista on the other later.

Both drives had same result in a bench mark.

175.2 MB Burst
143.6 MB Maximum
117.0 MB Average
74.1 MB Minimum

Needless to say I'm impressed

Andy 2009-09-24

Blisteringly Fast

Wow, just done a speedtest with ATTO v2.41 and this baby is reading at 140Mb/sec.

My Spinpoint F1 1Tb is reading at 90Mb/sec.

Thats 50Mb/sec faster! Awesome!

Looks like this is going to be my OS and Gaming drive!

Bogie 2009-09-24


installed today after quick delivery as normal, after formating i put some movie files on to find a nice fast transfer of the files.

cant recommend this drive enough to people.

paul 2009-09-22


Have 2 of these on Raid 0(running win 7)-they are very fast but are louder than either F1 or WD RE3.
It appears they may not have Acoustic management on automatically(AAM) -google this and you can download a program from samsung website ES-Tool and can adjust AAM-becomes quieter.
One word of caution do not adjust AAM if you already have raid set up as it can sometimes cause loss of RAID.
Happy so far

Doc JD 2009-09-22

very, very fast

reads and writes between 89 and 93MB per second.

very quick, fast to load up games as well

i dont know why anybody would even consider getting anything else when this is the best one out there, and only for

felix 2009-09-18

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