- 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
- SATA 3.0Gb/s
- 3 years limited
Long Term Review - Still running after 4.58 YEARS! 04/17/2014
I never do reviews. Who has the time? But I will for this. This samsung turned out to be a good one. It's fairly fast as 750GB drives go. It's quiet. Runs cool. It has advanced audio management, NCQ, etc. At 88% full the read speed is only 58MB/Sec. Write is still 89MB/sec. Hmm. Odd.
Anyhow, I've had it probably since 2009. Its been a light use drive. It was, for awhile, a primary boot drive (with heavy use). Then it was relegated to a storage drive that has been occasionally accessed for media (very light use). The S.M.A.R.T. STATUS shows that the drive has been on for a total of 40,144 hours (thats 1,672 days or a total of 4.58 YEARS!). Power on count is only 969. So the drive is left spinning most of the time. No raw errors. No reallocated sectors count. All good.
It's now being pulled from my AMD FX 8-core rig and will be used as a primary drive for someone else. Lets see how much longer it will last. I will try to an update if it doesn't die within the next 6 months.
I have my hard drives set to go to sleep after 20 minutes of non-use. For some reason the past few months, when the drive is in sleep mode, it takes a long time to wake up. Other drives spin-up, click and ready to go. This one spins up, clicks then you wait and wait. Possibly 2 or 4 minutes before the drive is accessible. Minor complaint after 4.58 years.
This is not the typical lifespan of a hard drive!!! I GOT LUCKY! I had another Samsung 1TB F1 hard drive that died within warranty. Fortunately, the drive gave enough warning signs for me to realize it was going bad (died within the 1 year warranty). I was also able to recover 99% of the data and send it in. I was issued a REFURBISHED drive. Samsung apparently DOES NOT give you a NEW drive if yours fails.
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