Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 Inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - 3 Year Warranty - £54.99 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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These popular drives have dropped in price again. Will be grabbing a pair for my NAS.
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1 Like #1
Believe the reviews about the packaging - I felt so strongly about how mine was dumped through the letterbox I left my own review.

Apart from that its a good drive and a good deal :)
#2
great drive great prices, 3yr warrantee and it is Amazon so the customer service is good.
I bought one of these 2 days ago from them for £59 just bought 2 more!!
#3
Can anyone recommend a good NAS to pop a pair of these in that has a torrent client built in? :)
#4
8) Heat added
#5
fantastic. I had my dixons order for the 2TB Hitachi drives cancelled earlier this week. Grabbed 4 of these for my HP Microserver :D
#6
voted cold because ive had two of these drives fail not from the same batch so ive replaced them with western digital and put them in my nas without any issues
#8
imafish2002
Can anyone recommend a good NAS to pop a pair of these in that has a torrent client built in? :)


ebuyer page on this drive
FOR USE WITH NAS DRIVES, WE RECOMMEND INSTALLING THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE BEFORE USING:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386



same price at ebuyer also but I don't think it has the warranty. Voted Hot.
#9
It's only ever been a maximum of £66 on Amazon. The RRP price is very misleading!!!!
#10
Sod it just bought 2 last night from Scan.

All1
#11
Sorry for being a bit dense - on Ebuyer it says "FOR USE WITH NAS DRIVES", can I use one of these as a second harddrive in my computer? (I have spare ports on my motherboard).
5 Likes #12
will65mcmanus
voted cold because ive had two of these drives fail not from the same batch so ive replaced them with western digital and put them in my nas without any issues


Do you know if the firmware on your units was the faulty firmware? There is a patch to fix the drives. If you have drives with this software DO NOT run any diagnostics until you have applied the new firmware to the drive.

Generally it is best practice to order drives for NAS / RAID / SAN or Cluster farms from different suppliers and use non sequential batch numbers. This will eliminate failure of pairs due to manufacturing batch failures.

It is also worth check that the latest firmware is installed and the audio / power calibration and setting are correctly set up for your use. Look at the current and power consumption for your application and check the heat / power profile fits your use.

At work I design and super compute grids and large (yota byte plus) storage farms for a well known search engine company when disks fail typical failures are preceded by several sector relocation events and this can be a good way of detecting imminent failure. So the use of SMART monitoring software might help with this.

Large disks for consumer use often come with a 3 year guarantee which is helpful.

Also consumer grade software like Spin write or even chkdsk /b for Windows users may help with bad sector removal recovery.

Free utils like Crystal Disk can also help (report temp and SMART stats)

For those interested this paper on HD mortality may be of use.


Edited By: frownbreaker on May 19, 2011 14:42
#13
Moromir
Sorry for being a bit dense - on Ebuyer it says "FOR USE WITH NAS DRIVES", can I use one of these as a second harddrive in my computer? (I have spare ports on my motherboard).

yes fine as a second HD.
#14
£53.99 at scan (cheaper if you qualify for free del)

However anyone from NI or the top of Scotland will immediately complain.
#15
dcx_badass
abaxas
£53.99 at scan (cheaper if you qualify for free del)

However anyone from NI or the top of Scotland will immediately complain.


Yeah go for scan if you want a grey import with no samsung warranty.

Just got of the phone from them and say they that is not true, do you have any links to add weight to what you say otherwise if what you say is right then there going back or should i just refuse to sign for parcel?

All1
#16
dcx_badass
abaxas
£53.99 at scan (cheaper if you qualify for free del)

However anyone from NI or the top of Scotland will immediately complain.


Yeah go for scan if you want a grey import with no samsung warranty.


Think Scan do their own 36 month warranty, much better than the Pc world 12 month one!
#17
Alloneword
dcx_badass
abaxas
£53.99 at scan (cheaper if you qualify for free del)

However anyone from NI or the top of Scotland will immediately complain.


Yeah go for scan if you want a grey import with no samsung warranty.

Just got of the phone from them and say they that is not true, do you have any links to add weight to what you say otherwise if what you say is right then there going back or should i just refuse to sign for parcel?

All1

It's on the Scan page HD204UI/[color=red]Z4[/color], no Z4 drive has the Samsung warrenty.

I wouldn't worry though, if the drive failed you'll be far more upset about losing your data.


Edited By: bluespace77 on May 19, 2011 15:08
#18
Well they will be going back then thx for the heads up guys, would it be best if i refused to sign for parcel or sign it and go through RMA process?

All1
#19
bluespace77
Alloneword
dcx_badass
abaxas
£53.99 at scan (cheaper if you qualify for free del)

However anyone from NI or the top of Scotland will immediately complain.


Yeah go for scan if you want a grey import with no samsung warranty.

Just got of the phone from them and say they that is not true, do you have any links to add weight to what you say otherwise if what you say is right then there going back or should i just refuse to sign for parcel?

All1

It's on the Scan page HD204UI/[color=red] Z4[/color], no Z4 drive has the Samsung warrenty.

I wouldn't worry though, if the drive failed you'll be far more upset about losing your data.



I ordered 4 of these drives from scan three weeks ago and another a week later and the warranty for them all checked out okay on Samsung's site.
1 Like #20
Ebuyer are doing these for the same price if anyone's worried about Amazon packaging. Not sure if they're imports though.
#21
Atomsk
I ordered 4 of these drives from scan three weeks ago and another a week later and the warranty for them all checked out okay on Samsung's site.
I got mine from Scan on Monday and the Samsung site says that it is 'out of area' and isn't covered by the manufacturer's warranty :(

On a more positive note, it's proving to be a very quiet, very fast drive and I've never had a Samsung drive fail on me, which is more than can be said for Maxtor, IBM and Western Digital...

Cheers,
BP
#22
Sods law, I ordered 3 of them yesterday. :-(
#23
most harddrives are 7200rpm, these are only 5400rpm
so i wont be getting any
#24
shakennstirred
most harddrives are 7200rpm, these are only 5400rpm
so i wont be getting any

Its a mass storage drive - not a performance drive.
#25
I've got a 4 bay QNAP 419 nas, currently with 2 x 2TB Samsung F3 harddrives. Any compatibility issues if I add 2 of these to it in a RAID 5 configuration? Can I apply the harddrive firmware to them while in the NAS?

Cheers
banned#26
shakennstirred
most harddrives are 7200rpm, these are only 5400rpm
so i wont be getting any


You should do some research before talking nonsense.
#27
dcx_badass
abaxas
£53.99 at scan (cheaper if you qualify for free del)

However anyone from NI or the top of Scotland will immediately complain.

Yeah go for scan if you want a grey import with no samsung warranty.
I've never had a problem getting Scan to RMA faulty HDD's (or any other parts for that matter).
Then again, I do 'make sure' they are faulty before I send them ;).
#28
Wonderlan
Sods law, I ordered 3 of them yesterday. :-(

Just send em back it's what i'll do if they come up as "Out of area"

shakennstirred
most harddrives are 7200rpm, these are only 5400rpm
so i wont be getting any

No expert on this but some folks say the newer 5400 are just as quick as some older 7200 but i won't be running much of them (just audio and video files) so it won't affect me either way


All1
#29
shakennstirred
most harddrives are 7200rpm, these are only 5400rpm
so i wont be getting any


Large capacity multi-platter drives don't need to spin fast as the data density more than makes up for it.

Edited By: snapdragon on May 19, 2011 18:15
#30
Adnan786
shakennstirred
most harddrives are 7200rpm, these are only 5400rpm
so i wont be getting any

You should do some research before talking nonsense.
lol
#31
Older 7200rpm drives, how old?

These are good drives for storage but try unzipping some large files and you will see the difference compared to a Samsung F3 1TB 7200rpm.

I'm tempted to get two more.

I have had loads of drives and have replaced all my drives now with Samsung drives.

It's just a shame they've sold out to Seagate, try updating the firmware on a Seagate and it voids the warranty. I hope they don't change this policy for Samsung.

I was looking forward to a 7200rpm 2TB drive from Samsung but I don't know if it will happen now.
1 Like #32
Wonderlan
Sods law, I ordered 3 of them yesterday. :-(
Send them an email via their online contact form; they'll refund you the difference.
1 Like #33
imafish2002
Can anyone recommend a good NAS to pop a pair of these in that has a torrent client built in? :)


Synology DS211J (thats the cheapest in the 2-bay range, they also havethe DS211 and DS211+). I recommend Synology because they have the most amazing AJAX web interface - go here to test drive it:- http://demo.synology.com:5000/webman/index.cgi (account is admin, password is synology.

To be honest though, having two drives is kinda pointless, even with a mirrired array. Better to get a single bay version, and keep a second occasional backup on a USB drive. That way if the NAS explodes, you still have a copy.
#34
dcx_badass
shakennstirred
Adnan786
shakennstirred
most harddrives are 7200rpm, these are only 5400rpm
so i wont be getting any


You should do some research before talking nonsense.

lol

Not sure what the lol is for when you're a clueless fool.


ouch :D
1 Like #35
imafish2002
Can anyone recommend a good NAS to pop a pair of these in that has a torrent client built in? :)


http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS211j/index.php

Lot of cool features. DS211j Best one when I researched
#36
I have bought at least 8 of these from Scan, all validate fine on the Samsung site.

I hate all the BS spouted on this site.
#37
bytemaster
I have bought at least 8 of these from Scan, all validate fine on the Samsung site.

I hate all the BS spouted on this site.

Well i'll sign for mine on friday and will post back saying what Samsung's site says
#38
I've had my two F4's for months now (not in RAID - have an external USB 3 drive for backups) and they're great. 144 MBytes/sec sequential read (faster than my previous 7200RPM F1's which were 116 Mbytes/sec, hopefully quietening the "it's 5400RPM so I'm not buying it" folks that always crop up on these threads!) and very quiet too. A highly recommended drive and at this price, a total steal.
#39
bytemaster
I have bought at least 8 of these from Scan, all validate fine on the Samsung site.

I hate all the BS spouted on this site.


Well the Samsung warranty checker says that the drive I bought from Scan on Monday is Code 103 - The product has been brought in from outside of this service region and cannot be serviced. Please contact your reseller or distributor.

My question is how would I RMA this drive if it fails in years 2 or 3? I'll email Scan today to see if they can shed some light on this?

http://www.samsunghddvalue.com/WebRMA/WarrantyCheck/endUserWarrantychecker.aspx

http://www.moneywastingidiot.com/guests/blackpudding/images/scan_hd.jpg
#40
blackpudding
bytemaster
I have bought at least 8 of these from Scan, all validate fine on the Samsung site.

I hate all the BS spouted on this site.


Well the Samsung warranty checker says that the drive I bought from Scan on Monday is Code 103 - The product has been brought in from outside of this service region and cannot be serviced. Please contact your reseller or distributor.

My question is how would I RMA this drive if it fails in years 2 or 3? I'll email Scan today to see if they can shed some light on this?

Scan are honouring all the 3 year warranties themselves. As long as they are in business you shouldn't have any issues.

The only place I've seen these drives with the 3 year warranties are from Amazon and if they survive the poor packaging its worth getting them from Amazon

Edited By: bbdom on May 20, 2011 10:35

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