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Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATA 5400RPM 32MB Cache OEM £69.99 delivered @ Ebuyer

£69.99 @ Ebuyer
Was £73.99, then £74.99, then 72.98, now £69.99 Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATA 5400RPM 32MB Cache OEM 667GB Formatted Capacity Per Platter Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Interface Su… Read More
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Was £73.99, then £74.99, then 72.98, now £69.99

Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATA 5400RPM 32MB Cache OEM

667GB Formatted Capacity Per Platter
Serial ATA 3.0Gbps Interface Support
Improved recording stability over temperature with PMR
Advanced dynamic FOD control for best data integrity
Intelligent compensation of external disturbance
SATA Native Command Queuing Feature Device Initiated SATA Power Management
Shock & Rotational vibration sensor
Environment friendly product with RoHS compliance
Improved performance with dual-ARM based firmware
ATA S.M.A.R.T. Compliant
ATA Automatic Acoustic Management Feature
ATA 48-bit Address Feature
ATA Device Configuration Overlay Feature
NoiseGuard
SilentSeek
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#1
If only it were 7200RPM
#2
Bit of a price war today with Scan on this drive!
#3
Liddle ol' me
If only it were 7200RPM


Benchmarks show performance similar to a 7200rpm drive due to the high density platters.
#4
brookheather
Liddle ol' me
If only it were 7200RPM


Benchmarks show performance similar to a 7200rpm drive due to the high density platters.


Interesting, thanks.
#5
Very fast drive considering the spindle speed gets good reviews
#6
Got one a week ago from Ebuyer for 80.99 - it's so good, I bought a second one for 73.99 today...bring on the RAID 0 and 1 experiments! This has to be the best price/performance/capacity drive on the market at the moment.
#7
The f4 is a fantastic hard drive, this and the Hitachi Deskstar 7k2000 are the best drives out there and not suffering the issues that the likes of Seagate and Western Digital are saddled with right now.

We tested all the major manufacturers in a series of concurrent RAID-5, RAID-6 and RAID-0 implementation with diagnostic checks after a month, recording 5MP H.264 CCTV images on continuous record. Not only were the Hitachi and Sammys outperforming the others but they still had the longest life left as well.

This is a bargain- I looked at ordering yesterday from Scan but it was still at £79.
#8
ssouthall6
This is a bargain- I looked at ordering yesterday from Scan but it was still at £79.


Today Only at Scan is £74.
#9
1 year or 3 year warranty?
#10
brookheather
ssouthall6
This is a bargain- I looked at ordering yesterday from Scan but it was still at £79.

Today Only at Scan is £74.

I noticed.....I ended up taking the 1.5tb F2 but looks like its going back!
#11
Great price.
#12
Would rather have a 1TB Samsung F3 7200rpm for £40.
#13
Hi please can anyone confirm these fit in my netgear 2150 nas box, currently running 2 x 500 gb seagate drives, cheers
#14
ProStreet
Would rather have a 1TB Samsung F3 7200rpm for £40.


So how would you use those drives to get 8 TB in a 4 bay Nas Exactly?

Edited By: mr.potato_head on Oct 01, 2010 20:20: hfhjgyzh
#15
ssouthall6
The f4 is a fantastic hard drive, this and the Hitachi Deskstar 7k2000 are the best drives out there and not suffering the issues that the likes of Seagate and Western Digital are saddled with right now.

We tested all the major manufacturers in a series of concurrent RAID-5, RAID-6 and RAID-0 implementation with diagnostic checks after a month, recording 5MP H.264 CCTV images on continuous record. Not only were the Hitachi and Sammys outperforming the others but they still had the longest life left as well.

This is a bargain- I looked at ordering yesterday from Scan but it was still at £79.


How many drives have you tested of the major manufacturers in the test, or are you quoting? All I can say is that Hitachi and Samsung drives keep me very busy at work. Not saying that Seagate and WD don't either, but the first two edge it.
#16
They should physically fit, but are not on officially supported list, and I believe they are 4k sector drives, so you'd need to be on latest beta firmware and do a factory reset on them to work properly. I've got a pair in my newer readynas and they seem ok in that so far, despite not being on supported list, but mileage may vary.
#17
wow another price crash in the morning this was £80
this price also beats aria I've got 4 on the way!!!
#18
RedOnRed
ssouthall6
The f4 is a fantastic hard drive, this and the Hitachi Deskstar 7k2000 are the best drives out there and not suffering the issues that the likes of Seagate and Western Digital are saddled with right now.

We tested all the major manufacturers in a series of concurrent RAID-5, RAID-6 and RAID-0 implementation with diagnostic checks after a month, recording 5MP H.264 CCTV images on continuous record. Not only were the Hitachi and Sammys outperforming the others but they still had the longest life left as well.

This is a bargain- I looked at ordering yesterday from Scan but it was still at £79.

How many drives have you tested of the major manufacturers in the test, or are you quoting? All I can say is that Hitachi and Samsung drives keep me very busy at work. Not saying that Seagate and WD don't either, but the first two edge it.

I saw the tests going on but I wasn't conducting the tests myself. My former employer manufacture recording equipment for enterprise level surveillance installations in mission-critical applications such as airports, custody suites, prisons etc. One particular project demanded certain criteria were met and the risk of exposure to them, given the storage profile, was mainly in the hard disks and the servicing attached.

I've been in the industry since the advent of hard disk recording, even since data was recorded to dat drives, and manufacturer success goes in waves. For many years Maxtor was deemed to be the suitable mf, then it was Western Digital, then it was the Seagate SV32's. My former company used 'surveillance-suitable' drives from each manufacturer and Hitachi actually came out on top, then Samsung, then Seagate, then WD. I wouldn't base a purchasing decision on that unless you are using it for surveillance though, each drive has its individual strengths I guess.
#19
Cheaper at scan if you are going for 2 of these ...
£143.34 which works out £71.67 each
PLUS you will get the 3 Year Warranty direct from Scan who will send out couriers to pick the drive up if it goes faulty.
#20
Just a note that the F4 I bought from Ebuyer a week ago has a 3 year warranty via Samsung's warranty checker (I suspect Ebuyer might honour 1 year RMA's, but not beyond that point). Even the 1TB F1's I bought 2 years ago from Ebuyer are still in warranty according to Samsung.
#21
not EXPIRED!
#22
ssouthall6
RedOnRed
ssouthall6
The f4 is a fantastic hard drive, this and the Hitachi Deskstar 7k2000 are the best drives out there and not suffering the issues that the likes of Seagate and Western Digital are saddled with right now.

We tested all the major manufacturers in a series of concurrent RAID-5, RAID-6 and RAID-0 implementation with diagnostic checks after a month, recording 5MP H.264 CCTV images on continuous record. Not only were the Hitachi and Sammys outperforming the others but they still had the longest life left as well.

This is a bargain- I looked at ordering yesterday from Scan but it was still at £79.


How many drives have you tested of the major manufacturers in the test, or are you quoting? All I can say is that Hitachi and Samsung drives keep me very busy at work. Not saying that Seagate and WD don't either, but the first two edge it.


I saw the tests going on but I wasn't conducting the tests myself. My former employer manufacture recording equipment for enterprise level surveillance installations in mission-critical applications such as airports, custody suites, prisons etc. One particular project demanded certain criteria were met and the risk of exposure to them, given the storage profile, was mainly in the hard disks and the servicing attached.

I've been in the industry since the advent of hard disk recording, even since data was recorded to dat drives, and manufacturer success goes in waves. For many years Maxtor was deemed to be the suitable mf, then it was Western Digital, then it was the Seagate SV32's. My former company used 'surveillance-suitable' drives from each manufacturer and Hitachi actually came out on top, then Samsung, then Seagate, then WD. I wouldn't base a purchasing decision on that unless you are using it for surveillance though, each drive has its individual strengths I guess.


I think i'm right in saying that surveillance grade drives are a completely different spec' to standard drives - as are server designed drives. Therefore, to compare them to standard drives is a little difficult and not a fair benchmark.
#23
Do these run hot? What temps?
#24
Any ideas how long the free delivery option usually takes?
#25
spud_work
Any ideas how long the free delivery option usually takes?


Used to be good. Next day.

Now it usually takes the full 5 working days.
#26
mr.potato_head
spud_work
Any ideas how long the free delivery option usually takes?


Used to be good. Next day.

Now it usually takes the full 5 working days.



+1 the fookers!
used to get items next day for free but now there's too many pasty munchers buying from em
#27
Post #13 here provides some very technical information about this drive - for those who understand it! [not me :)]

http://forums.ebuyer.com/showthread.php?66324-Samsung-HD204UI-Spinpoint-F4-2TB-Hard-Drive-SATA-5400RPM-32MB-Cache-OEM-(Quickfind-237908)&p=1209646&viewfull=1#post1209646
#28
mr.potato_head
ProStreet
Would rather have a 1TB Samsung F3 7200rpm for £40.
So how would you use those drives to get 8 TB in a 4 bay Nas Exactly?

They will not be on the ReadyNas approved list if ever as they are way to new and Netgear seem very slow to add new discs to the list.

Shock & Rotational vibration sensor is a good pluss for these drives in the NAS.

So give them a try but before using them do a Samsung drive check (The full test) but it will take hours (6+) and make sure you have data backup.

Faythur
Post #13 here provides some very technical information about this drive - for those who understand it! [not me :)]http://forums.ebuyer.com/showthread.php?66324-Samsung-HD204UI-Spinpoint-F4-2TB-Hard-Drive-SATA-5400RPM-32MB-Cache-OEM-(Quickfind-237908)&p=1209646&viewfull=1#post1209646

Looking at the above you may have to make sure you have the lastest update to the Readynas or dissable the 4Ksectroes in some way.

Edited By: BritBrat on Oct 02, 2010 12:52: EDITED
#29
mr.potato_head
spud_work
Any ideas how long the free delivery option usually takes?


Used to be good. Next day.

Now it usually takes the full 5 working days.

So, if I order today, will it arrive by next weekend (even Saturday morning is ok for me) or not?
#30
My first F4 was ordered on a Tuesday at 10.00pm with 5-day free delivery - it turned up on Thursday at 11.48am for a total time of 1 day and 13 hours. I suspect this is at the "fast" end of things - I ordered my second F1 on Friday lunchtime and I'm hoping for a Monday delivery if all goes well.
#31
rkl
Just a note that the F4 I bought from Ebuyer a week ago has a 3 year warranty via Samsung's warranty checker (I suspect Ebuyer might honour 1 year RMA's, but not beyond that point). Even the 1TB F1's I bought 2 years ago from Ebuyer are still in warranty according to Samsung.


I just got 4 x F4EGs delivered from Scan today and on checking the Samsung site, 3 of the HDDs don't have a valid 36-month Samsung warranty, but the other HDD does.

Waiting for Scan to get back to me regarding the advertised 36 month warranty. May well be that Scan are offering the 36 month warranty off their own back and not Samsung.... Hope so.
#32
Has anyone tried using one of these 2TB with a powered USB SATA dock like THIS?

I was having problems getting Windows 7 to recognise my 2TB HDDs in 'My Computer' and thought that it was due to the 'Supports HDDs Up To 1.5TB' stated in the item description.

But after going into 'Windows 7 - Disk Management', I was able to 'Initialise' the disk, after which the HDD could be formatted and was discoverable in 'My Computer'.

The HDD docking station is a handy bit of kit and quite cheap too, at £12.80 (inc VAT) from Scan.

Not needed I guess, if HDDs are going directly into a NAS, but handy in their own right for managing data whilst a SATA HDD is out of the PC.
#33
Ebuyers are box shifters - Thay don't have any stock . I once bought a T.V. card off them . It was minus the CD software. They could not explain why they would not just send me a disc !!
They kept asking for the whole "box" back !! I asked if I did that would they check the new box for contents before it was sent out . 'couldn't answer that either . I had good fun with them . In the end I just down loaded the software from a web site !!
#34
Ordered, can't wait for price drops any more! If it drops significantly then I'll just RAID a couple up!
#35
Ripperoo
[quote=rkl]Waiting for Scan to get back to me regarding the advertised 36 month warranty. May well be that Scan are offering the 36 month warranty off their own back and not Samsung.... Hope so.


As expected Scan confirmed they, themselves honour the 36-Month warranty.

Can't say fairer than that now (providing Scan are still around in 3 years of course).
#36
RedOnRed
ssouthall6
The f4 is a fantastic hard drive, this and the Hitachi Deskstar 7k2000 are the best drives out there and not suffering the issues that the likes of Seagate and Western Digital are saddled with right now.We tested all the major manufacturers in a series of concurrent RAID-5, RAID-6 and RAID-0 implementation with diagnostic checks after a month, recording 5MP H.264 CCTV images on continuous record. Not only were the Hitachi and Sammys outperforming the others but they still had the longest life left as well. This is a bargain- I looked at ordering yesterday from Scan but it was still at £79.
How many drives have you tested of the major manufacturers in the test, or are you quoting? All I can say is that Hitachi and Samsung drives keep me very busy at work. Not saying that Seagate and WD don't either, but the first two edge it.
Complete opposite here, at work and home. By far more failures from WD than any other manufacturer.
Where'as I haven't had a single problem with any of the Samsung (F3) or Hitachi (7K1000) drives I've installed.

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