Summary: I'll never buy a Samsung drive again. The low price made me try a brand I didn't know for hard drives, and I was proven that when it comes to computer hardware, brand names do matter. Solid-state drive - sure, Samsung is there, but don't get anything that spins from these guys.
Pros: Energy efficient. Lots of capacity for the buck when it was purchased over 5 years ago.
Cons: Slowwwwwwwwww. This drive slows down my whole computer. Tremendously. Its energy-saving function means the thing shuts down whenever it feels like it. When I open a directory placed on the drive, I can actually hear a "click" when the drive comes on, then wait until it actually pulls the data up....
Summary: I have used this drive as part of a 3-drive software RAID5 array on a Linux server for over 4 years now. The array sees regular heavy I/O traffic as it is the staging space for Amanda backups of all boxes on a small home network before the backups are written to LTO tape.
Pros: This is a good, reliable drive for intermittent use. I can't comment on how it would perform in a desktop role or in 24x7 service in a server, but for my purposes it has been rock-solid for going on 5 years. See "other thoughts" for more details. Runs cool and quiet.
Summary: 2nd try with a Samsung drive. First was a while back, and it failed miserably. However, HD manufacturer's reliability seems to ebb and flow, and Samsung seems to have come a long way. Would definitely recommend.
Pros: Been using this in a Citrix Xen server environment, running 24X7 for the last 3 years, with no hitches.
Summary: I've had this drive for over two years now, and it hasn't suffered a single blip. It's relatively quiet in that I can't hear it over anything else running in the case, and I've had no problems. It isn't the fastest, but I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
Pros: It seemed like a good drive when I bought it.
Cons: I have previously replaced this drive with Newegg when it was reporting bad sectors to me. The replacement also reported bad sectors as well. Other manufacturers drives (Hitachi, Western Digital) have been rock solid. Since I use these in a server I will not buy Samsung HDD's again.
Summary: One can't get 'real' Samsung disk drives anymore...
Pros: They are quite cool running compared to the old Seagates I replaced. SMART reports 28746 power on hours (3.28xx years!) -- with ZERO reallocated sectors -- for -8- drives, RAID5! Performance is very good, even when used as a single drive.
Cons: Seagate now manufactures Samsung disk drives.
Summary: I've owned this drive for over 3 years. My drive is one of the original drives made by Samsung before Seagate took over the Samsung drive product line and turned it into a disaster. The guarantee recently expired and the drive is working just fine.
Pros: Quiet, reliable.
Cons: Samsung doesn't exist anymore, and seagate drives suck.
Summary: Bought several Seagate 2 Tb drives. Out of 6 drives 3 had problems and had to be RMAd. Not sure if 2 Tb drives in general have more problems? Or if Samsung has more reliable drives than Seagate?
Pros: Chose these drives for a home server on which I planned to run a relatively large RAID5 array. Given the recent changes with Advanced Format drives I wasn't sure if I would have compatibility problems with drives that were using 4k sectors and the versions of Windows I was installing. Since this ...