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Samsung Spinpoint F1 (HD103UJ) 1 TB Hard Disk Drive

Samsung offers two lines of desktop hard disk drives - the high-performance Spinpoint F line, and the eco-friendly EcoGreen line.

The main difference between the two lines is the spindle speed. The Spinpoint F drives have a spindle speed of 7200 RPM while the EcoGreen drives run at a more sedate 5400 RPM.

The Samsung Spinpoint F line currently consists of the F1 family of drives which are available in capacities ranging from just 80 GB to 1 TB, and the F3 family which only has two members - a 500 GB model and a 1 TB model.

Today, we will be looking at the top model in the Samsung Spinpoint F1 family - the 1 TB Samsung HD103UJ hard disk drive.

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Comprehensive Review


• HD103UJ

Formatted Capacity

• 1,000,202 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• NA

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes

Sectors Per Track

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• 3

Read/Write Heads

• 6

Recording Method

• NA


• 1 : 1

Spindle Speed

• 7,200 RPM

Cache Buffer


Maximum Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 175 MB/s

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 3 Gbits/s

Average Seek

• 8.9 ms (typical)

Average Latency

• 4.17 ms (nominal)

Drive Ready Time

• 12.0 seconds (average)


• Serial ATA 3Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 3 Gbits/s
• 1.5 Gbits/s

SATA II Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Maximum Height

• 26.1 mm
• 1.028 inches

Maximum Width

• 101.6 mm
• 4.00 inches

Maximum Length

• 147.0 mm
• 5.787 inches

Maximum Weight

• 650 g
• 1.44 lb

Power Requirements

• +5 V DC ± 5 %
• +12 V DC ± 10 %

Power Consumption

• 28.8 W (Spin Up)
• 8.4 W (Read / Write)
• 7.6 W (Seek)
• 6.7 W (Idle)
• 0.7~1.0 W (Standby)
• 0.7~1.0 W (Sleep)

Ambient Temperature

• 0 °C to 60 °C (Operating)
• -40 °C to 70 °C (Non-Operating)

Operating Altitude

• -300 meters to 3,000 meters
• -1000 feet to 10,000 feet

Non-Operating Altitude

• -300 meters to 12,000 meters
• -1000 feet to 40,000 feet

Maximum Operating Shock

• 70 G (half sine pulse)

Maximum Non-Operating Shock

• 300 G (half sine pulse)

Drive Acoustics

• 27 dBA average (Idle Mode)
• 29 dBA average (Seek Mode)

Maximum Operating Vibration

• NA

Maximum Non-Operating Vibration

• NA

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• 1 sector (512 bits) per 1015 bits

Load/Unload Cycles

• 50,000


• 1 Year Limited Warranty


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