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

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  • 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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  • 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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2TB 3.5 INCH DRIVES,FDB/32MB Buffer

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Product Dimensions 5.8 x 4 x 1 inches
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4.3 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #772 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com September 22, 2010

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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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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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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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I always get these drives from elsewhere but figured I'd try Amazon this time.

I have not received them yet but have put more than a dozen of these drives into play for clients without any failures whatsoever. Oh, ALL MACINTOSH so I don't even know if this driver/firmware business is relevant or if it ever was. I've been using these for about a year or more.

They are 2TB but run "slower" at 5400rpm... so I would use these for back ups of videos, large photo collections, movies, or scheduled backups of multiple computers. I do have some of these in pretty active day-to-day access that hasn't bothered me personally but you're better off using a 7200rpm (or even a 10,000rpm or SSD) drive as your main boot drive.

I don't see anywhere mention of the typical 3-5 year warranty for these so I'll have to look to see if it mentions it when I get them. I'll report back then.

I think I heard Samsung hard drive line was purchased by Seagate so I don't know what this will do to branding or cost...usually you can get these for 75-80$. Seagate is a good hard drive company too, good warranties (again 3-5 years) and minimal/no-hassle returns/exchanges.

There was a good period of 8 years there where the most important thing about a hard drive was how easy it was to exchange for a replacement! If you look on some other sites, you can see that a 70% success rate (30% fail rate) is still pretty good! Luckily now the quality rates for big drives are in the 80%-90% ... at least according to reviews at the tech site.

The trick is that you really don't want to be buying the newest biggest drive.... I don't mess around with 3TB+ yet personally.... it was a long time before they got 500GB stable! Then 1TB! Now 2TB.... For now, my limit is 2TB for 3.
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Purchased 5/3/2011 today, 12/13/2011, I had a failure of one of the drives in a RAID array. I went to RMA with Samsung only to be directed to Seagate who directed me to Samsung who directed me to Seagate. Yes, you read that right. Apparently Seagate will pick up warranty support on 12/19/2011 and until then I'm just out of luck.
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