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SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

  • Sleek design
  • Compact size and streamlined shape
  • SafetyKey protection for your data
  • 3 years limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Adam A.
  • 3/5/2015 6:39:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOwned for 1 Year Now - Very Quiet and No Issues

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: Very quiet, low vibration when running. The case is larger than my recent Buffalo external purchase, but the texture on the Samsung is quite appealing. The USB 3.0 port locks into place perfectly and even with pretty rough bending, has not popped out. Speed is very mediocre.

My little girl knocked it off my desk while it was doing a transfer and it continued with no issues, didn't even seem to hesitate.

Cons: The speed is a bit slow. I was doing real world file transfers (not simulations) and was only able to max out about 38MBs, which included both small (less than 50kb) and large (greater than 2GB) files. The unit is plugged into a USB 3.0 port. I just recently purchased a Buffalo external drive, that I am getting closer to 100MBs with the exact same transfer.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this. It may not be as fast as the other external I purchased, but I think the extreme quiet and low vibration makes up for it. It is used as an external storage, so high speed is not truly a concern.

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  • Ken W.
  • 2/16/2015 2:13:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood backup drive

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: USB 3.0
Quiet
Nice Looking

Cons: I think the internal drive is 5400 RPM so it is slow for random reads and writes.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 of these hooked up to QNAP NAS as an external backup drive. I have my NAS backup about 1.5TB during a weekly full backup and hourly incrementals. Needless to say this thing gets written to a lot. After about a year in service I haven't had any issues.

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  • webster b.
  • 2/10/2015 6:48:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: 4TB

Cons: No longer powers up after 6 weeks. I would pass on this and get another brand to avoid the headaches.

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  • Benjamin S.
  • 2/4/2015 12:10:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor Quality

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: Price and Capacity.

Cons: Only lasted 2 weeks after initial use.
I transferred over 2.5 TB of data to this drive for a safe backup medium. What a mistake.. The drive will no longer connect to any of my computers. What a way to loose all that data, guess it's a good thing it was only a backup and not something critical.

Other Thoughts: Used to be able to rely on Samsung and Seagate to put out quality products. After reading other reviews on this unit I am not so sure about Quality anymore.

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  • R T.
  • 1/20/2015 10:56:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSamsung D3 4TB Ext. HDD - Update, Drives Failing!

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: - Low Price on Sale
- Large Capacity.

Cons: - 50% Failure Rate after 6 Months Use!!
- Drive Enclosures are not as Sturdy as Seagate Enclosures.
- Drive Read/Write Speed is Less than Equivalent Seagate Enclosures.
- No Heat Sink in HDD Enclosure.

Other Thoughts: These Samsung D3 External HDD Enclosures have Seagate 4TB HDD in them. I had previously written a review of these enclosures when I had them for less than a month in use. I purchased Eight of these 4TB drives because I thought they were a great deal at US$109/each. When I first purchased these drives, my testing indicated that they were slower than the equivalent Seagate Expansion HDD Enclosures and that the enclosures were less sturdy but I gave them 4 eggs.

I have encountered Two Major problems that make these Samsung D3 HDD's completely unacceptable for use.

First is that the drives drop connection to the server/client PC when I was attempting to back up drives to these external drives. I was never able to write more than about 100GB worth of data to the drive at any one time without the Samsung drive dropping out. I would have to unplug the drive and re-plug it in to have the drive recognized by the network. Using these Samsung D3 HDD Enclosures to back up storage drives was impossible for me.

At the 6 month mark, these drives have started to fail catastrophically. By that I mean that the drives will just stop and drop off the network and fail to be recognized, or anything else. All the data on the drive is lost. I took a drive that failed out of the enclosure and mounted it into a server bay to see if it was just the enclosure driver board. Nothing. The drives were dead. So far, I have had 50% failure of these Samsung D3 4TB HDD's.

Fortunately, I have backups (and backups of backups).

These are literally the first Seagate HDD's I have ever had fail. I have Seagate Enclosures purchased before and after these Samsung D3's. None of them have failed or give any indication of problems. I purchased these drives in 3 separate lots to minimize the chance of failure from one particular batch/run of HDD's. All of them seem to have the problems.

This is disconcerting, to say the least. I have only had problems with the Samsung D3 4TB Drives. I have a couple of the Samsung D3 3TB External Drives and those seem to be working fine. So Far.

In conclusion, The price of these Samsung D3 External 4TB HDD made them very attractive, especially if you are purchasing quite a few. The high failure rate and dropping out when transferring lots of data make them completely unacceptable as storage media.

Spend the extra US$20 and buy real Seagate HDD's and Enclosures or spend US$30-US$40 more and buy Hitachi or WD drives. It is definitely worth it to buy better drives if it saves you the hassle of having to fix a bunch of failing drives and worrying whether you have got everything backed up immediately on multiple drives.

I will not be buying Samsung HDD's again.

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  • Jeffrey T.
  • 1/17/2015 1:29:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Drive

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: It's hard to point to a pro with this drive. The design of the enclosure is pretty.

Cons: I received this drive as a Christmas gift and after reading the reviews decided to run the Samsung Drive Manager tools to checked the disk. Unfortunately it did not pass on 3 different computers and said to return the drive. I went through the RMA process with Newegg and as soon as I received the new drive went through the process again, and again it did not pass. I also tried some 3rd party surface scan utilities and it was a no-go. Now Newegg says it is past the return date, even though it took them over a week to get me a replacement. So now I am stuck with an external drive that I cannot trust to hold my data. I have been purchasing from Newegg since 2003 and only recently began having problems with them.

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  • Randy W.
  • 1/11/2015 6:24:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice quiet external

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: Nice form factor, quiet when running, speeds are solid.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as a backup for my NAS enclosure. It's connected directly to the NAS and is fast for incremental bakups and has not 'lost connection'.

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  • Ian M.
  • 1/2/2015 3:25:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHORRIBLE

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: LOOKS NICE, GOOD PRICE

Cons: Wont let you run system backup on it

Other Thoughts: DON'T BUY IT. Luckily Newegg is taking it back.

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  • Robert W.
  • 12/20/2014 8:12:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after a few months

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: Worked well while it worked.

Cons: Failed. Unrecoverable.

Other Thoughts: Don't trust anything from Seagate, their quality control is terrible (I used to work for them, it is not a priority anymore). Samsung used to be good, but since Seagate bought it it can't be trusted either.

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  • Gordon T.
  • 12/16/2014 10:57:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black

Pros: Purchased while on sale. Great price thereon. Meets all expectations... so bought another for Xmas present.

Cons: No on/off switch

Other Thoughts: Unknown is lifetime of units

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