Samsung SP2504C or SP2004C or something else ?

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makutaku
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Samsung SP2504C or SP2004C or something else ?

Post by makutaku » Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:40 pm

I am in "desperate" need for two silent drives.

Silence is very important but I just can't ignore performance either because one will be used as a system drive and the other for video capturing in a PVR.

I need the drives to be at least 200GB. I could sacrifice a little and go for 160GB if it's certainly more silent. I expect to pay around US$0.50 per GB.

I have read mixed reviews about the 200GB and 250GB SpinPoint but a better option is not clear. Those are back in stock but I can't decide alone which one to buy ?

* Samsung SP2004C is in the recommended list and more people seem to have tried them (although with mixed results)

* Samsung SP2504C is a quarter bigger, it's cheaper per GB, may perform better (?), but much less information about it in this forum.


Which do you think would be the best bet ? If it's very probable that they both sound about the same I may as well buy the larger one. Or should I ignore them and go for another brand ?

jaganath
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Post by jaganath » Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:31 am

I have a local store with a very flexible returns policy. I intend to buy 3 or 4 Samsungs (200GB, 250GB, 160GB) and then pick the quietest one, and return the rest (no charge if returned within 14 days). You may not have such accomodating local retailers, but it's an option to consider.

Quitch
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Post by Quitch » Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:38 am

I am in the same boat and would definately like to hear opinions on the SP2504C

The originally posted should note that this very site carries the WD SE 2500JD (250GB) as one of their reccomendations. Whether this is the same as the WD 2500JD I can't say (but would like to know).

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Post by JazzJackRabbit » Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:15 am

Quitch wrote:I am in the same boat and would definately like to hear opinions on the SP2504C

The originally posted should note that this very site carries the WD SE 2500JD (250GB) as one of their reccomendations. Whether this is the same as the WD 2500JD I can't say (but would like to know).
SPCR have all sound samples you need. Go to reviews and listen for yourself. I don't own Samsung yet, but this is going to be my next drive. Besides, 250Gb WD still uses three platters, while newer Samsungs only two which means potentially quiter and cooler operation.

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