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SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5
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1 out of 5 eggs works great, while it works 04/10/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5" 250GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD250KW

Pros: It worked great for several months, was much faster than the regular harddrive I replaced with it.

Cons: Yesterday it froze in the middle of my work and refused to boot afterwards. It's frustrating enough that I lost all my data, but the Samsung support website made the experience even worse. I don't understand how these clowns are still in business, the "request support" link is missing all but 10 SSDs from the list. The regular support link does not work past selecting the product (at least on OSX in any of the available browsers). You'd think these guys test their own website once in a while, apparently not. I tried chat support instead, SSDs aren't even in the list, once I got to a real representative I was informed that my only option is calling support and I can't do it today because the office is closed. I've had a similar experience with my TV in the past, that took months to RMA, I figured I got unlucky and should give Samsung another try. Good job Samsung, you fooled me twice. If you want to avoid losing more customers I suggest you stop treating your support like a joke, I will not be buying any more of your products in the future.

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: High capacity

Cons: Corrupts data, loses partition information. Seagate used to make good PATA drives, but I hear only complaints of their SATA ones.

Other Thoughts: First few months when I used it as backup drive, it worked fine. Then I put it into my media center PC and created a small partition for my operating system. Since then, it has lost partition information twice (I've been able to restore it after rescanning the drive using testdisk), it has corrupted inodes several times as well (which I was able to restore using gparted). But the frequency of these corruptions is getting higher, and each recovery makes the drive work worse. Now I've gotten to the point where I need to attempt several boots just to get Linux to bootup (Windows does not bootup at all, and claims the drive is damaged when I attempt to reinstall it). Sometimes I get freezes on boot, sometimes I get messages of grub failing to identify my filesystem, sometimes swap space gets corrupted and I'm forced into safe-mode. I reformatted swap, reinstalled grub, all the fixes only last a for a few days until the drive starts acting up again.


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Display Name: Alexander T.

Date Joined: 07/16/05

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