Summary: Installed in a Synology Disk Station from new. Worked reliably for about 2 years. Then, Synology reports disk crash. Reboot, seems ok. A couple of weeks later - disk crash with wonky SMART data and many bad LBAs. Couldn;t recover. Ran SeaTools (Samsung's HDD line now owned by Seagate), generated an error code from the 'long' test. RMAed into a 'refurbished' replacement. Testing that now, but this is my 1st HDD failure in many, many years and my 1st non-WD HDD.
Summary: I have had 3 of these break in the last year. The Samsung warranty was efficient in replacing them; however, now this line is owned by Seagate. From my experience they are simply not very reliable - they have all broken in RAID arrays.
Summary: I bought a couple of these to fit in my Synology NAS server. The run pretty cool and quiet and had no problems installing them. I can't say about reliability yet since I had them for only a couple of weeks.
good, cost-effective storage, 1.5TB internal SATA hard drive
1 November 2010
Summary: I installed this drive as a non-raid device, to serve as backup for my raid pair, and for storage of all my media files. Installation was painless (it went into the lower bay of my ANTEC 182 case, and plugged into the SATA plugs on my ASUS P5E3 mobo (though I did have to move some of the other device plugs, as I have 2 SATA DVDs and an E-SATA port).
Summary: I purchased this drive for a Synology web server and I only use it whenever I need to save (backup) stuff wirelessly from my laptop. That means I use it about two to five times per month; the rest of the time it's off, so at that rate, I'm sure it will last forever. :) Or so I hope.
Summary: Had this thing from the shipping box, to fully installed within ten minutes. Just make sure you have SATA drive and power cables on hand, you'll need them and this does not come with any included. (If you don't have any cables, search for them on Amazon. I got both cables for about $2.50 in total) I cannot speak of it's longevity, simply because I have not had it very long at this point.