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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- 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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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.Read more ›
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.
I moved all 5 drives to a Synology DS1511+ box and they are very fast and working reliably.
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.Read more ›
It sounded like an airplane taking off and crashing abruptly. I turned off power immediately and didn't want to risk damaging my other components. This whole order not only wasted my precious time, but also put me in a precarious situation. To make a long story short, let's just say thank god Amazon got a great return policy, but my problem is still not solved since now I have to source another drive.
All in all, very dissatisfied with the purchase. If there is just a thin layer of bubble-wrap and using a smaller box like 1A, we would be all happy.
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Samsung drives are great. These were bought to use in a high definition surveillance recorder, which is writing data to the disks 24/7. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Enlightened
I've bought 4 of these so far and returned 2 as defective (based on SMART reporting). The two I kept work well (quiet, fast, cool-running). Read morePublished 1 month ago by BeHappy
I have had a pair of these drives running in a Synology NAS for over four years. No issues since installed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DeRail
I have had four of these drives in a QNAP 419P+ for almost four years and all four are still error free and running as cool and quiet as when they were installed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by N. Young
Item's a dud. My initial purchase of this HDD (Also a Samsung Spinpoint with the exact same label) worked absolutely perfectly, and 3 years of near nonstop use later as my main... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anthony Cofer
Running 4 years strong with zero issues, I would consider that the best I could ask for a drive.Published 19 months ago by S. Taylor