[QUOTE="Dr Bombcrater"]\nSamsungs are very, very good. They've been pumping out incredibly reliable\ndrives for years now, without any sign of the occasional bad patches that\nall the other manufacturers seem to hit from time to time. It's not an\naccident that Sumsung kept their warranty at 3 years during the period\nother manufacturers cut theirs to one year.\n\nThe only down side to Samsung drives is their spotty availability and lack\nof models in the 250GB+ range. When I can't get Samsungs or need a really\nbig drive, Seagate tends to gets the nod.\n\n\nI recently bought a couple of 160GB WD Caviars (the 8MB PATA model) after\na long period of not touching WDs because they were still using noisy\nball-brearing motors when everyone else had shifted to FDB motors.\nFrankly, I think they're crap. Compared to the Samsung 160GB drives I\nusually buy they feel cheap and poorly built (particularly the plastic\nhousing of the IDE connector, which is alarmingly fragile), they're noisy\nboth at idle and seeking, and performance is nothing special. And on\nputting the serial numbers into WD's web site I found they only have a 2\nyear warranty.\n\nPerhaps these drives are just Friday afternoon specials that aren't\nrepresentative of WD's usual standards, but I've gone back to buying\nSamsungs and don't intend to give WD another chance for a very long time.[/QUOTE]\n\n\nAccording to [url]http://www.storagereview.com/[/url] Samsungs are reliable and quiet,\nbut a bit slower then the others.\n\nss.