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

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

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

2TB 3.5 INCH DRIVES,FDB/32MB Buffer


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0042SGDVG
  • Item model number: SMHHD204UI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 22, 2010

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53 of 54 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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49 of 54 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2011
Based on reviews, I thought these would be good drives to use to upgrade my RAID based system. In all fairness, these are not RE drives, but 2TB RE drives cost more than I wanted to spend. My older drives were Samsung RE drives, but only 1TB each.

RAID edition drives are nice to have. They coordinate with each other. They are fault tolerant in ways that individual drives are not. They power up and down in sequence, so when I turn my computer off or put it to sleep, I hear the drives turn off at one second intervals with the computer powering down one second after the final drive. They survived catastrophic "blue screen" Windows failures without ever having to rebuild. And nicest of all, their performance blew these 2TB drives away.

With these 2TB drives in non-RAID mode, I was able to get speeds that were in the neighborhood of what other reviewers were getting. In RAID0 mode, I was shockingly disappointed. I'm using an Intel controller that uses their matrix RAID technology. With the older RE drives, I was able to have a lightning fast RAID0 array for the OS, a very fast RAID0 volume (in the Windows sense of volume) for ephemeral media, or anything I could afford to lose in a catastrophe, although I never once lost anything due to hardware or controller problems. I also had a RAID5 backup partition for my OS, and a large RAID5 partition that offered reasonable protection for my other data. (I still backed things up regularly of course.) In my configuration, all media libraries were kept off the OS disk, so I could restore the OS quickly if needed without needing to worry about data files, and vice versa.

I tried replicating the environment with these drives.
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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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