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www.storagereview.com reviews the Samsung Spinpoint P120

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Post by winguy » Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:57 am

Is there a review which compares performance before and after enabling AAM?

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Post by Techno Pride » Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:27 pm

hmmm...nice golden top!

wonder why SPCR's sample has a silver top :?
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Post by Techno Pride » Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:49 pm

drats...i think it's the lighting in SR's labs.
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Post by bexx » Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:43 pm

Anyone know if the 250GB P120 exists? Everywhere is out-of-stock... the 200GB version is everywhere...... anyone know about the 250?

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Post by Tephras » Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:05 pm

Yep, it's available, at least in Europe.

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Post by Ackelind » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:23 am

It sure is available here in Sweden. I bought one a few months back and a friend of mine bought one about a week ago.
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Post by mattek » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:39 am

Komplett has 1000+ in stock:

http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.asp?sku=307913&cks=SPK

So yeah. Sweden/Norway got a healthy supply.

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Post by rei » Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:50 pm

even with WinAAM, the seek noises are harsh :/

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Post by Mats » Tue Nov 22, 2005 6:11 pm

mattek wrote:Komplett has 1000+ in stock:

http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.asp?sku=307913&cks=SPK

So yeah. Sweden/Norway got a healthy supply.

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:D We've also got the 300 GB model! :P 8)

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Post by jermaink » Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:50 am

Is the 300GB model as quiet?

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PATA available

Post by Worker control » Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:42 am

The PATA model, the SP2514N, is in stock at various places. One is on its way to me at this very moment!

I hope it's as great as the SP2504C that SR reviewed.

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Post by jermaink » Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:11 am

My 200GB P120 from ZipZoomFly just arrived. It was a Nidec.

I'm still wondering whether I should use my raptor as my main drive (just returned from being RMA'ed), and is practically a new drive.

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Post by Worker control » Sun Nov 27, 2005 2:41 am

jermaink wrote:Is the 300GB model as quiet?
Note that that's a three-platter drive at 133 MB/platter, whereas the P120 series are two platters, at 125 MB/platter. More platters usually implies more power and more noise.

T:
http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDis ... D300LJ.asp

P120:
http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDis ... P2514N.htm

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Post by JazzJackRabbit » Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:22 am

bexx wrote:Anyone know if the 250GB P120 exists? Everywhere is out-of-stock... the 200GB version is everywhere...... anyone know about the 250?
They do exist, unfortunately in US, only PATA version of 250Gb is available. You can get SATA up to 200Gb and PATA up to 250Gb. But for some reason in US, all shops with 250Gb SATA are OOS.

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Post by jermaink » Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:25 am

Yeah. Ironic that I'm in Australia, where the 250 GB model is available, but I got mine from ZZF (being the 200 GB one). I got it because it was USD $92 while the one here was AUD $175 (~ USD $130), and I didn't really need the space and shipping was free in the US...

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Post by jermaink » Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:29 am

Hmm, so from the 200/250 GB models to the 300/400 GB models, noise has gone from 2.5-2.8 bels to 2.7-2.9 bels. Looks to be noisier, but much quieter than other large storage HDDs (assuming that reports that the WD 400GB HDD are't truely "SPCR silent").

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Post by mathias » Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:31 pm

JazzJackRabbit wrote:They do exist, unfortunately in US, only PATA version of 250Gb is available.
Here in Canada, only the SATA version is readily available. Are we at war or something?

*must ... resist ... urge .. to make political tangent rant ... about customs*

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Post by jackylman » Sun Nov 27, 2005 2:08 pm

mathias wrote:Here in Canada, only the SATA version is readily available. Are we at war or something?
No, the U.S. was always at war with Eastasia.

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Post by spiffy102 » Sun Nov 27, 2005 8:42 pm

If the 300 or 400gb spinpoints were available now (USA)... I'd buy 3 or 4...

Unfortunately they are not available and I need to purchase by end of year.

For a SATA II RAID 5 config - having trouble maximizing capacity and minimzing noise :(

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