Samsung unleashes 1.5TB low-power hard drive

After over six months of being the only company shipping a 1.5TB desktop hard drive, Seagate is finally about to get some competition. Samsung has unveiled the EcoGreen F2EG, a low-power 3.5″ drive with the same terabyte-and-a-half capacity.

The EcoGreen F2EG uses just three 500-gig platters, or one fewer than Seagate’s 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11. (Seagate does make 7200.12 drives with 500GB platters, but those only reach up to 1TB just now.)

Samsung boasts that the F2EG’s power consumption is 40% lower at idle and 45% lower during seeks than “competing drives,” so the lower platter count likely pays dividends. Since official spec sheets don’t seem to mention the EcoGreen’s spindle speed, though, one can probably assume those platters run at less than 7,200 RPM—like those of Western Digital’s Caviar Green series.

According to Samsung, the EcoGreen F2EG is “currently being shipped to major OEM businesses,” and you can expect it to retail for $149. The EcoGreen F2 lineup also includes more affordable 1TB and 500GB offerings. Both the 1.5TB and 1TB models should be available with either 16MB or 32MB buffers, too.

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    • brm001
    • 11 years ago

    I really hope TR reviews this drive. I’m going to consider it strongly when I make the switch to an Intel SSD for my OS/apps drive.

    • shaq_mobile
    • 11 years ago

    with where hard drive space is currently in comparison to what everything else uses on your hard drive… i can finally say “i have enough hard drive space” perhaps in a month or two this wont be the case. 3.5 terabytes is just fine for now… though i do almost want to pick one up just so i can say i have 5 terabytes.

    • Ihmemies
    • 11 years ago

    These disks are for people who want quiet drives. Most disks today are pretty loud, especially when seeking.

    If you don’t need the speed but demand quiet operation, I see no reason not to buy these green/eco/whatever disks.

    Of course 2,5″ disks are even quieter, but they don’t have the same $/capacity ratio.

      • Kaleid
      • 11 years ago

      “Of course 2,5″ disks are even quieter”
      Actually its certainly not always true.

    • Prion
    • 11 years ago

    I love Samsung drives, I’ve had wonderful experiences with a 320GB Spinpoint T and 500GB and 750GB Spinpoint Fs.

    Out of curiousity, are there any external SATA->Firewire enclosures that support single drives of 1TB and over?

    • moose17145
    • 11 years ago

    Am i the only one who never really cared about how much energy my hard drives use? I’m not saying i don’t get it, but to me it would just seem like you would have to be running an awfully lot of hard drives before you would start worrying about such a thing… but by that point we are talking about enough hard drives that it is outside the realm of home computing.

    Maybe it’s just my line of thinking, but to me, the amount of power a hard drive consumes is rather minimal in the grand scheme of things.

    §[<https://techreport.com/articles.x/16472/11<]§ So by the articles estimate... these drives only consume 6-7ish watts of power under load instead of 10-11ish? Idk... guess compared to what other components use inside my computer a savings of 4 - 5 watts isn't really that big of a deal. I suppose it can mean these drives won't get as hot as "normal" hard drives will... but I have more than enough air flow in my case that i could keep a 15k RPM drive comfortable if i needed to, so I am personally not too worried about heat. Maybe in a Home Theater setup you might care a bit more about such a thing, but even then you would more likely be going after the quietest drive you can find, not the most power efficient.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      Yes you’re right. ‘Power vampire’ devices probably draw as much power. But if it does the job and draws less why not?

      • Farting Bob
      • 11 years ago

      The quietest drives and the most power efficient drives are mostly the same. Greenpower and Ecodrives are quieter than any 7200rpm drives and use less power. If you don’t need the very fastest speeds or cant afford SSD’s yet then these drives are absolutely perfect. HTPC’s, home file servers, 24/7 machines, torrent computers, cheap computer for the parents etc.

      The 3-platter 1TB GP i have on synthetic benchmarks is just as fast as my previous gen seagate, whilst being pretty much silent whilst using nearly half as much power. And in real world usage i’ll be damned if i can tell the difference. Whats not to like about them?

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      It’s a marketing gimmick to try and keep up with SSDs, seeing as one of their selling points is that they use less power and don’t make noise.

      But what they’re obviously banking on is most people not knowing that hard drives barely use any power to begin with, and that they’re slowing them WAY down to make the bazillion platter ones quiet.

      • ColdMist
      • 11 years ago

      The power consumption applies to server farms. if you are buying 100 of these for some servers, you multiply 100*power_used*years_of_use and it factors into business cost.

      Home users (like me): I don’t care about power use. Only transfer rates and noise level. (I hated the noisy Quantum Fireballs with a passion!)

        • moose17145
        • 11 years ago

        Like i said, with server farms we are now talking about applications that might care about such a thing, but again as i mentioned, this is now something outside the realm of home computing. Idk, to me the whole concept just seems silly (other than for the gimmicky side of it), heck im sure my fans eat more power than most hard drives do.

          • mattthemuppet
          • 11 years ago

          well, for context, my whole PC exc monitor draws 40W at idle using a 640GB WD GP drive (3-4W idle?). Putting a 7200rpm equivalent in instead would double the HDD idle draw and increase total draw by ~10%. Still, in the grand scheme of things, that’s not much 🙂 I mainly prefer it for the quietness – it’s effectively silent in my machine.

    • cygnus1
    • 11 years ago

    Any plans to put together a review or benchmarks for this new guy?

    I’m probly going to be building a media storage server with this §[<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811219021<]§ in the next couple of months and was going to put several of the 1TB Caviar Green's in it. But 1.5TB with similar characteristics sounds good to me.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah I don’t believe TR has done a review of the Samsung Eco drives yet. Would be nice to compare them to WD Greens. I hope it’s in the plans, TRs HD reviews are among the best.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    This is going to be the new $/GB leader at street price without the spectre of failure that Seagate has. It might force a drop in WDs 2TB drive price too.

      • glynor
      • 11 years ago

      More importantly… Hopefully it will get WD to actually ship the promised 1.5TB version of the drive with the new platters and get us some real choice in the 1.5TB space.

        • Lazier_Said
        • 11 years ago

        The WD15EADS shows in stock at a fair number of places, around $180.

    • xii
    • 11 years ago

    Let’s hope this pushes the prices of the 1TB models down a bit, since for some weird reason the prices of those models have been going up the last month here in Finland.

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