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Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2 TB SATA2 5400rpm 32 MB Hard Drive HD204UI/Z4

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  • Capacity: 2TB Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM Cache: 32 MB
  • Interface: SATA 3.0Gbps Max. External Transfer Rate: 300 MB/s
  • Seek Time:Average: 8.9 ms Average Latency: 5.52 ms
  • Shock: Operating: 70G @ 1/2 sine pulse Non-operating: 300G @ 1/2 sine pulse
  • Power Requirements: Voltage: +5V ?±5%, +12V ?±10% Spin-up Current (Max.): 2.0 A Seek (typical): 5.7
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: SMHHD204UI
  • Hard Disk Size: 2 TB
  • Form Factor: 3.5-Inch
  • Hard Disk Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0042SGDVG
  • Item model number: SMHHD204UI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2010

Product Description

2TB 3.5 INCH DRIVES,FDB/32MB Buffer

Customer Reviews

I've had the drives for about two months with no problems yet.
Tennis4Ever
Seagate is a good hard drive company too, good warranties (again 3-5 years) and minimal/no-hassle returns/exchanges.
Techthusiast
These hard drives (HD-s from now on) are exceptionally well engineered, so the effort is definitely worth it!
Zoltano

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Zoltano on July 8, 2011
This guide describes the almost-mandatory firmware upgrade process of the Samsung F4 HD204UI drives the easy way - USING USB STICKS.
This is my attempt to help those contemplating over the upgrade. During my research I simply couldn't find a thorough description of the procedure. These hard drives (HD-s from now on) are exceptionally well engineered, so the effort is definitely worth it!

Why should end-users upgrade the firmware? The answer is simple; using them with the old firmware might result in serious data loss later, as described by Samsung. (Certain people believe that drives with manufacturing date later than February 2011 dont have this issue; mine was manufactured in 03/2011 and I still did the upgrade, just to be safe.) Fortunately Samsung released the improved firmware on its website called F4EG (a zipped up exe file):

[Hah, links don't work on Amazon. Do a web search for F4EG on Samsung's site]

But the real hurdle is that you have to boot in DOS to perform the update! You could do so using a floppy drive, but not many of us have those lying around anymore, therefore my guide gives pointers on how to perform the upgrade using a USB thumb drive.
Updating the firmware leaves the existing data intact on the drive; also, the drive comes unformatted; best to do the formatting on a Windows 7 computer, or use a modern formatting utility instead of Windows XP-s built-in one. Then, you can use a freeware utility such as SpeedFan or HDDScan or HDTune Pro to check for bad sectors/issues. The executable firmware file works automatically and only selects the correct drive, no user direction required. Also, the Samsung firmware upgrade MIGHT not run if your drive has the latest firmware installed already by the factory.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sorbe on May 18, 2012
Now that Seagate has finished acquiring and digesting Samsung's Hard Drive business, they have started selling Chinese produced "ST2000DL004" Baracuda Green drives with "Samsung HD204UI" markings and only 1 year warranties. The genuine Samsung HD204UI drives come with 3 year warranties. If you still want buy an HD204UI, be sure it is not some remarked Seagate drive. The Seagate drives are reported to produce loud "clicking", slow formatting and other mechanical clues that it's not the same drive at all. I've included a close up of the HD204UI drive label in the product photos showing a genuine Samsung HD204UI.

Caveat Emptor!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on November 20, 2010
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I purchased 5 of these and put 4 of them into a RAID 10 configuration. Average speed is 170MB/sec over the entire volume. The single drive averaged about 105MB/sec. These drives are VERY fast and are equal to or faster than many of the 7200 RPM versions currently available. The good news is that the Samsung HD204UI drives are much cooler and require a lot less power than most other drives.

Reason for purchase: a media server. I had attempted to use external USB 2.0 drives to accomplish this but file copying was slow and tedious. And I had backups of backups... My motherboard is a 4-year-old ASUS P5E WS Pro (supports SATA II) with an Intel Q6600 CPU and ICH9R RAID chip.

Update 12/12/2011:
I moved all 5 drives to a Synology DS1511+ box and they are very fast and working reliably.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George L. on December 27, 2010
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I purchased the Samsung F4 2TB hard drive after thoroughly reading many of the reviews and after overcoming my initial shyness over the lowly 5400RPM spindle speed. Like many people out there I was brainwashed into believing that higher RPM's is better; which is true to a point. You would want a higher spindle speed for your OS or programs (but then you might as well get yourself an SSD (solid-state drive).

But I just wanted something for storage, and for that purpose this hard drive works great. 2TB of storage for $79.99 (sweet sale price when I got it from amazon) could simply not be beat. Keep in mind that after formatting you really only get 1.81TB (due to the bytes and all scheme they got going on).

Packaging was okay from amazon. It basically came in a box within a larger box. The hard drive itself was packaged in a somewhat hard plastic shell and held in place by two light plastic holders within that one box. There were no foam nuts and any other sort of packaging in place to protect the hard drive but I don't believe this affected the drive while in transit.

The drive does NOT come with any SATA cables; so be sure to have one handy. Also, it requires a SATA power connector to your PSU; which most people should know already but make sure your PSU has extra (most modern ones should come with at least one ribbon full of SATA power connectors). The only thing that came with the drive is 4 screws so that you can secure it to your case. Other than that it's as barebones as it gets.

After installing the hard drive into my Antec 300, I performed a long format which took a few hours. Then I began copying over files from a Western Digital 1TB Elements drive, which was only USB 2.0.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ivan on November 12, 2010
I get 130MB/s - 100MB/s writes over SATA, and the drive stays cold. I think you can safely use this drive without a fan, which is great. My only complaint: the drive I received makes an audible high-pitched sound (probably ~15000hz), so if you have sensitive ears like me, you might not want this as one of your primary drives.
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