Originally Posted by Trotter
Seagate has taken a beating ever since they bought out Maxtor. They have dropped their warranty down to three years or less across the board. Sad to see, actually.
Look at the Western Digital Black series. 32MB cache, super fast, and a five year warranty. The Samsung Spinpoint F3's are a tad faster, but they are 1TB and up. If you need massive storage they are the way to go, but for 500GB+, grab a WD Black.
Actually, there's a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500Gb and 250Gb but recently I don't think Newegg has offered the 500Gb drive, though other sites still sell it.
Last I checked Newegg was selling the 250Gb Spinpoint F3's still, though they aren't a very good price per gigabyte point.
I think it's $40-45 for the 250Gb, where as you can get a 500Gb hard drive for $5-15 more.
Also, the Samsung Spinpoint F3's are only faster in sequential read/write speeds and burst speeds. Their random access times are slower than the Caviar Blacks, so they're only better if you commonly transfer larger files around (300Mb+) if you're more prone to accessing or using smaller files the Caviar Blacks would be better than the Spinpoint F3's. (As was pointed out to me by Slaymate, thanks SM)