Summary: The drive is great for my old laptop that required a now-rare PATA interface. The drive has high capacity at a relatively low cost. If you really need the high capacity, then go for it. However, if you're equally concerned - or more concerned - with your old laptop's performance, first consider a RAM upgrade and second, consider a buying a solid state drive (SSD) instead of a hard drive.
Summary: Received it fast. Installed it and loaded image from prior hard drive. Worked perfectly. So far, post 1 month, performance has been good, no issue so far. My last drives, Fujitsu (OEM) & WD (replacement), lasted only 2 years...hopefully this Samsung replacement drive will last longer.
Summary: This harddrive was purchased for a client's laptop. Runs fine so far. Purchased based on price and warranty. As the title of the review states, I'm going to give samsung the benefit of the doubt. Every company puts out good and bad stuff from time to time and technology does improve over time. I usually buy my harddrives from two more well known companies that pretty much only make harddrives.
Summary: I had an old dead laptop, just needed an old hard drive to get it working again. I have it for about a month and installed linux on it, and it is still working and good. This is probably the cheapest ATA-100 hard drive per space that I can find. I didn't gave this a five star since it is expensive compared to newer hard drives which have a much larger memory, not to mention a faster bandwidth.