Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - OEM £64.99 @ amazon - HotUKDeals
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Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - OEM £64.99 @ amazon

£64.99 @ Amazon
Hard disk drive capacity: 2000 GB Internal: Y Hard disk rotational speed: - Hard disk interface: Serial ATA II Read More
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Hard disk drive capacity: 2000 GB
Internal: Y
Hard disk rotational speed: -
Hard disk interface: Serial ATA II
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#1
Ordered and heat added thanks
#2
If you value your data, make sure you have the latest firmware installed on this drive.

Hot deal though, previous best was £65.50 I think.

Edited By: jukkie on Dec 23, 2010 01:09
#3
1 whole pound cheaper than novatech
1 Like #4
jukkie
If you value your data, make sure you have the latest firmware installed on this drive.

Hot deal though, previous best was £65.50 I think.


? something wrong with the current firmware?
#5
5nowman
jukkie
If you value your data, make sure you have the latest firmware installed on this drive.

Hot deal though, previous best was £65.50 I think.


? something wrong with the current firmware?


Agree, what's the story and what issues have you encountered?
1 Like #6
5nowman
jukkie
If you value your data, make sure you have the latest firmware installed on this drive.Hot deal though, previous best was £65.50 I think.
? something wrong with the current firmware?
As far as I know, most (if not all) drives are shipped with the problematic firmware.
Fix is here -
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386

Edited By: jukkie on Dec 23, 2010 01:58
#7
jukkie
As far as I know, most (if not all) drives are shipped with the problematic firmware.
Fix is here -

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386



Cheers for the info.
#8
Ordered a couple - thanks ;)
#9
thats actually a bad problem!!

If identify commmand is issued from host during NCQ write command in the condition of PC ,
write condition is unstable.

Thanks for the heads up. This is cheap, with free delivery too!
#10
Posted a link to this thread on the two HP ProLiant MicroServer deal threads for those needing the storage.
#11
Great performance from this drive too:
http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/hdd_list.php
(Look up HD204UI)
1 Like #12
Scotty Boy
Posted a link to this thread on the two HP ProLiant MicroServer deal threads for those needing the storage.

anybody considering buying these for use with whsv1, have a read here first

http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/16349-2tb-samsung-f4eg-hd204ui-drives-question/
#13
Good deal!
#14
I bought two of these from Scan the other day. One of them would only register as 1Tb. A bit of diagnosis and it looks like it was configured to only use 1Tb of data.

I used the Samsung ESTOOL to disable AAM and I could then access the full allocation.

I'm in the process of updating the firmware. Those struggling to find a boot disc, use freedos http://www.freedos.org/freedos/files/ (base iso should be sufficient) and put the firmware on a usb stick.
I've not done this yet but will be doing so shortly.
1 Like #15
This drive only spins at 5400 rpm so therefore it's really slow and rubbish (irony).
#16
jukkie
5nowman
jukkie
If you value your data, make sure you have the latest firmware installed on this drive.Hot deal though, previous best was £65.50 I think.
? something wrong with the current firmware?

As far as I know, most (if not all) drives are shipped with the problematic firmware.
Fix is here -

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386



Thanks for the heads up

Lets hope whoever wrote those instructions and overview isn't the same person who coded the new firmware oO
#17
Does this come with one or three years warranty?
#18
popoyaya
This drive only spins at 5400 rpm so therefore it's really slow and rubbish (irony).

Do not feed the troll. I repeat, do NOT feed the troll.
#19
wozza2k
Does this come with one or three years warranty?

A lot of OEM Samsung drives seem to be "grey" imports with no warranty at all - if you enter the serial number on Samsung's online warranty checker, you get "Code 103: The product has been brought in from outside of this service region and cannot be serviced. Please contact your reseller or distributor."

Many of the big PC component e-tailers (eg Scan, Dabs) will cover you with their own 3-year warranty if this happens, but not sure what the situation is here.
#20
Anyone
If I have "Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm)" (Dell Vostro 430 - i7 deal)
Can I add this ATA II with 5600 rpm as slave (secondary)?
Many Thanks
#21
Scotty Boy
jukkie
As far as I know, most (if not all) drives are shipped with the problematic firmware.
Fix is here -

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/faqView.do?b2b_bbs_msg_id=386



Cheers for the info.


ditto - cheers for the firmware info.
banned#22
Checked with amazon and they assure me 100 % that if bought via Amazon it is official UK Channel stock - and its also covered by Amazon 12 month warranty as well as Samsung's warranty
#23
VladTheImpaler
[quote=wozza2k]Many of the big PC component e-tailers (eg Scan, Dabs) will cover you with their own 3-year warranty if this happens, but not sure what the situation is here.


My experience of Scan for non DOA warranty support is poor and certainly not worth anything at all.
#24
jukkie

As far as I know, most (if not all) drives are shipped with the problematic firmware.
Fix is here -

Good link. Surely Windows will update the drive automatically though ?
#25
Samsung drives are faster, run MUCH cooler, and are better all round, I have found than Western Digital, Seagate etc
#26
great price, seemed to be coming down every week almost. I'll need another few in the new year properly
#27
There's also the 4K sector alignment tool for those using XP

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/downloads/support_in_aft.html

If you get a good drive from Scan - sweet, but if you need to RMA - good luck
#28
Thanks for the deal, needing one for a little bit but put it off.
#29
I have just bought 4 x 2TB Samsung F4s from dclstore.com for £247.23 delivered which makes them £61.81 each. I thought that was quite a good deal.
#30
PhilK
jukkie
As far as I know, most (if not all) drives are shipped with the problematic firmware.Fix is here -
Good link. Surely Windows will update the drive automatically though ?

Windows Update will update drivers but not firmware; they are very different things.
#31
Deedie
Scotty Boy
Posted a link to this thread on the two HP ProLiant MicroServer deal threads for those needing the storage.


anybody considering buying these for use with whsv1, have a read here first


http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/16349-2tb-samsung-f4eg-hd204ui-drives-question/


But according to your post updating the firmware and if required using a utility or two should resolve the issue.
#32
JunkMail
I have just bought 4 x 2TB Samsung F4s from dclstore.com for £247.23 delivered which makes them £61.81 each. I thought that was quite a good deal.

Wish I'd known - none of the search engines found dclstore! - I bought 4 at £66! each from Novatech
Great price if buying several to mitigate the postage

http://www.dclstore.co.uk/hard-drives-internal/samsung-spinpoint-f4-ecogreen-2tb-sata-ii-300mb/s-32mb-cache-hd204ui-december-deal-special/
#33
Still cheaper at Novatech if you use Quidco 3% though.

£65.99 less 3% £64.02 ish free delivery too.

Edited By: Treboeth on Dec 23, 2010 23:08: s
#34
If I buy the Samsung F4 do I need to do anything if I want to use these in a NAS
thx
#35
Anyone done the firmware upgrade? Any problems? Has this totally solved the problems?
#36
I did but it was a real pain to boot to DOS with no floppy drive (using an HP Micro Server and CDROM) since it wouldn't recognise the drive, I had to create a dos partition on the drive then run the fix from there. The process completed OK though I can't tell if it has fixed any problems.

I created a bootable CDROM from here

http://www.bootdisks.us/ms-dos/5/ms-dos-bootable-cd-images.html

Then used FDISK to create a DOS primary active partition - Had to copy the fix from another CDROM onto the drive.
#37
The popular F3EG is back on Scan for £63.44! Free delivery via AVforums etc!
#38
Received mine today, going to try the firmware fix later before transferring anything over.

Edited By: Vegeta on Dec 24, 2010 18:17
1 Like #39
Just checked the warranty on the Samsung website and it says the product is within the warranty period so this isn't a imported HDD.

Just enter your serial number and country to get warranty status:

http://www.samsunghddvalue.com/WebRMA/WarrantyCheck/endUserWarrantychecker.aspx
#40
Vegeta
Just checked the warranty on the Samsung website and it says the product is within the warranty period so this isn't a imported HDD.Just enter your serial number and country to get warranty status:http://www.samsunghddvalue.com/WebRMA/WarrantyCheck/endUserWarrantychecker.aspx
That makes a welcome change, thank's for the info.

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