Reviews and Problems with Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5TB (HD154UI)
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Will never buy a Samsung drive again
Warren W., Newegg
3 August 2015
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....
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: I'll spend a couple bucks more for reliability's sake and do more research next time. What a waste of $ in this day and age. I still have drives that have lasted through 2 PC builds (+9 years). This one died after some minor archiving.
Pros: It was cheap and spacious.
Cons: I bought this in 07/1/11, it died in 7/11/11. Exactly 1 year and 10 days later... Ubuntu started posting slow startup times... I remember reading that slow spinups were a feature to the EcoGreen Drives. I was wrong. It died about 2 weeks after the SMART messages. I'm pretty careful with my hardwa...
Cons: Failed a little over 1 year old with light usage. Would not spin up at all any longer. Will be RMAing, and hopefully receiving a different model of drive than this one as reviews indicate it has a high failure rate.
Summary: This is the second out of 3 Samsung 1.5TB drives that failed within a year. I will not buy Samsung HDD anytime soon again. I don't trust them as backup media anymore.
Pros: fast enough for all general purposes (about 80-110MB/s, from inside out), runs pretty cool. RMA swap is painless and fast.
Cons: The Samsung disks seem to have a bad bad-sector handling... after it became clear that the disks have bad sectors (the heads desperately try to read a bad sector that wasn't mapped out, and after too many attempts dismounts from the desktop), even reformatting and zeroing everything didn't map ou...