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Pros: All I can say is that they work, you can write to them and read the data and have proved to be reliable.
Cons: Very Slow in both read and write speeds, I wish that I had not bought the 64GB model because it is so slow that it is painful waiting for files to transfer to it.
Other Thoughts: I have a collection of these pen drives, from 8GB through the 64GB and I use them on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit as well as Linux Mint. I have not formally bench marked the performance of these drives however from my usage of these drives and looking at the write times that is provided by Windows I do not think that they are any faster than some older USB 2 pen drives. I would not be surprised that they just repackaged USB 2 drives in the USB 3 housing and packaging. If you buy them only get them when they are on sale at a steep discount.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D501TDB Black
Pros: is as fast as any of my USB 3 drives, very large capacity and a long 3 year warranty as most external drives now only have a one year warranty. This review is for the 5 TB model of the Samsung D3 Drive Station drive that I purchased on May 1st 2015, however I also own 5 of the 2 TB drives some 2 years old and all of them have preformed flawlessly.
Cons: there is an obvious bug in the supplied software. After seeing several reviews here comment on how their drives failed the Samsung diagnostic tests preformed right after they received their 5 TB drives and indicating that the drive failed the test. I then ran the same extended tests on my drive even though it had been performing great for several weeks and my drive also failed the test.
Other Thoughts: To clear up one thing, even though this drive is labeled Samsung, it is really a Segate drive. A few years ago Samsung sold off their mechanical drive division and Segate bought it and obviously has the rights to use the Samsung name on existing products.
I currently have 5 of the 2TB drives, some bought 2 years ago and then I purchased this 5 TB drive on May 1, 2015. My computer is on 24/7 and these drives have been constantly powered up along with my PC some for 2 years and all of them have preformed flawlessly. When I read the comments about the 5 TB model failing the long test in the supplied diagnostic software I also decided to test mine and it too failed. I thought that perhaps there was something else going on and there was nothing wrong with the drive. I also had Segates diagnostic software SeaTools for Windows that I use to check a couple of internal Segate drives. I then ran the extended tests that SeaTools for Windows provides and the drive passed the SeaTools test. I then had a long talk witth Segate Support and the tech seemed to agree with my assumption that there was something wrong with the Samsung test suite that comes with the drive. He told me that SeaTools has been a very reliable test suite and that if my drive passed its test then there was nothing wrong with my drive.
I suggested that they do not waste time trying to fix the Samsung software but to change the software by removing the Samsung diagnostic tests and replace it with a link to download SeaTools for Windows. I do not
know if they will incorporate my suggestion but even if they do not I strongly suggest only using SeaTools for testing these drives. I have not taken all of my drives apart but I did remove one of the 2 TB drives and cannot remember the model number but is was a 7200rpm Seagate 3.5" drives so I assume that all of these Samsung drives actually have Segate drives inside the case.
This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 2TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D201TDB Black
Pros: The key pro for me at least has been the drives reliability, I currently own 6 of the 2TB models purchased at various times this past year or so with the 2 oldest ones purchased back in November of 2013. All of these drives are used daily and are plugged into a USB 3 powered hub. The other pro is that these USB 3 drives have a 3 year warranty. Though not necessary each of these drives come with Samsung Drive Management software that makes it easier if you wish to encrypt some of the data on the drive etc. The other PRO is these drives using USB 3 are fast enough to stream H264 HD video with 5.1 or 7.1 audio. Also I use one of my drives for my Steam install, all of my Steam games are on it and I have never had any issues with game play.
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: After reading several of the customers questions and seeing the the question of what kind of drive is inside asked repeatedly here is what I found. I had a HD fail in my PC and since I already had 6 of these USB 3 drives here and one was pretty empty I decided to just take the drive out of the case and discovered that it is, at least for the 2TB version or at least inside mine is a Segate 2TB Barracuda Model ST2000DM001 that is a 7200 RPM drive.READ FULL REVIEW