I looked through the review (from June 2007!) and really wasn't impressed by the Samsung. It was not the fastest in most of the tests and was more reliable than 34% of other hard drives?
I took a look at Toms Hardware "Winter 2008 Hard Drive Guide" and his conclusion was:
Mainstream / All-round Hard Drives http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-terabyte-1tb,2077-16.html
Mainstream users will have to decide if they want a versatile drive, which they can use as a system drive and to store a lot of data. If you’re looking for an all-rounder, we recommend going either for Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K1000.B (watch for the B!) at 1 TB, 750 GB or 640 GB, which offers balanced performance and efficiency. Western Digital’s Caviar Black or RAID Edition 3 (RE3) are the better application drives, as they deliver quicker access time and I/O performance.
Samsung didn't even win the green category for it's low power consumption. And the WD drive used in the review you referenced was not the newer "Black" drives by WD, but an older model. Take a look at newer reviews!
I have had WD, Maxtor, and other drives and frankly have had good luck with all of them (and I have had more WD drives than others over the years), so unless we have a "Deathstar" incident I tend to think they will all be pretty reliable.....
And while the only drive that has "failed" on me was a WD, it was an old WD that I had in an old computer. In addition, the WD drives I have had have been quieter over the years than the competitors.
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