Photo: Red Hill.
Samsung SpinPoint V3200 and V4300 Families
In time gone by, Samsung hard drives had been notorious. Warned by the horror stories surrounding the old 125MB SHD, we religiously avoided Samsung drives for years.
Around the end of 1998 I decided it was time to re-test the water. I'd heard some encouraging reports from friends in the trade, and Samsung had been claiming much improved reliability for some time, so we put the products to the test, very cautiously, starting with this model.
Naturally, we didn't buy in large quantities, nor use these drives for anything mission-critical.
When we opened our first shiping carton of V3200s, the drives were unremarkable: nicely finished, very reasonably priced, and not noticably faster or slower than similar-sized drives from other makers. As for reliability, we were quite unable to fault them. To be sure, we only sold small numbers, but in the end, not a single one of our V Series Samsungs ever gave us the slightest trouble.
|Data rate||173 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||5400 RPM|
|SV0322A||3.2GB||2 MR heads||*|
|SV0644A||6.4GB||4 MR heads||*|
|Data rate||200 Mbit/sec||Spin rate||5400 RPM|
|SV0432D||4.3GB||2 MR heads||*|
|SV0643D||6.4GB||4 MR heads|
|SV1296D||12.9GB||6 MR heads||*|