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Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATA 5400RPM 32MB Cache - OEM PROMO CODE: F4SAVER £69.99 at Ebuyer

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PROMO CODE: F4SAVER Overview Product Description Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM While other 2TB drives split their collection of bytes over four 500G… Read More
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Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM

While other 2TB drives split their collection of bytes over four 500GB platters, Samsung's Spinpoint EcoGreen HD204UI F4 features three 667GB disks. This means the new platters boast the world's highest areal density at the moment.
The 3.5-inch F4 is intended to replace Samsung's four-platter F3 drive, and has otherwise similar specs. The drive is bolstered by a 32MB buffer, and the platters spin at 5400rpm, rather than the 7200rpm rotational speed of some other 2TB desktop drives

The new three-platter drive also cuts down on power consumption. The F4 eats 23 per cent less electricity in standby mode than its predecessor. The drive will remain quiet while it's ticking away, taking advantage of the company's SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies. The new Spinpoint HD204UI F4EG also supports Native Command Queuing

Key Features
667GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk
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
SilentSeekâ

SPECIFICATION
Drive Configurations
Capacity = 2TB
Interface = Serial ATA 3.0Gbps
Buffer Size = 32 MB
Byte per Sector = 4K Sector with Emulation

Performance Specifications
Average Seek time = 8.9 ms
Data Transfer Rate / Media to/from Buffer = 250MB/sec
Data Transfer Rate / Buffer to/from Host = 300MB/sec
Average Latency = 5.52 ms
Drive Ready Time = 13 sec

Reliability Specifications
Non-recoverable Read Error = 1 sector in 1015bits

Acoustics
Idle = 2.5/2.6 Bel
Performance Seek = 2.8/2.9 Bel

Environmental Specifications
Temperature / Operating = 0 ~ 60 °C
Temperature / Non-operating = -40 ~ 70 °C
Humidity(non-condensing) / Operating = 5 ~ 95 %
Humidity(non-condensing) / Non-operating = 5 ~ 95 %
Liner Shock(1/2 sine pulse) / Operating = 70 G
Liner Shock(1/2 sine pulse) / Non-operating = 300 G
Altitude(relative to sea level) / Operating = -1,000 to 10,000 ft
Altitude(relative to sea level) / Non-operating = -1,000 to 40,000 ft

Power Requirements
Voltage = +5V±5%, +12V±10%
Spin-up Current = 2.0A
Seek = 5.7W
Read/Write = 6.3W
Idle = 5.1W
Standby = 1W
Sleep = 1W

Physical Dimension
Height = 26.1 mm
Width =101.6 mm
Length = 147.0 mm
Weight = 650g
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#1
About to post this myself, great price for 2tb of this speed.

inb4 "its only 5400rpm"
#2
was also going to post this

pretty nice price...

will it go any lower?.......
banned#3
yeah its 5400, I guess perfect for storage/back up
2 Likes #4
May be 'only 5400rpm', but platter speed is much less important these days than platter density and the platter density of the 'F4' is about the best you can get.

Performance as good or better than other 7200rpm drives.

Hot.

Edited By: andyken on Oct 26, 2010 08:50: .
banned#5
andyken
May be 'only 5400rpm', but platter speed is much less important these days than platter density and the platter density of the 'F4' is about the best you can get.

Performance as good or better than other 7200rpm drives.

Hot.


Good to know, I was going to go for the f3 1 TB, that bounces around 40 to £45, but now I think I will go for this, thanks for talking me into going for my own deal :P



Edited By: Solong on Oct 26, 2010 08:57: .
#6
Got one of these a few weeks ago for £75. Seems perfect so far. I haven't run any speed tests or anything but no complaints on speed.
#7
Voted scorching. This is the cheapest I've seen one drive on it's own available for. Very tempted to order one now for the server.
#8
My price point is £65 for one of these, can't be long now!

Do these use that advance format thing?
1 Like #9
Aria have these at £64.61 inc vat at the moment not sure about postage.

HERE
#10
mikemod
Aria have these at £64.61 inc vat at the moment not sure about postage.HERE

Incl. postage makes it a worse deal, unless you are ordering a lot of extra stuff to go with it.
#11
loopie
My price point is £65 for one of these, can't be long now!Do these use that advance format thing?

Yes they do.
1 Like #12
With eBuyers record for me, I'd probably get it just before Xmas....(joking...I think)
Tempted, and would have if Amazon, but reluctant with eBuyer, after their attitude with my last purchase.
#13
Well Ive been saying to myself for the last couple of weeks that the first company who could get one of these to my door for less than 70 quid would get my business so Ebuyer it is.
Pity they're not on Quidco.
Anyway ordered thanks OP.
#14
Can anyone point me in the correct direction for the correct cables and screws I'd need to go along with one of these OEM HDDs? Looking at the HDD already in my PC I presume I need a power cable to connect the drive to the cable on the PSU as well as the standard sata cable?
#15
Will this work with a SATA port on a motherboard circa 2005? The thing is, I think mine is only a SATA 1.5
#16
Would I be able to use one of these drives on Windows XP or would I need to get windows 7 to cope with the advance format?
1 Like #17
I purchased this same drive from Scan last week for £74, the price just keeps dropping! So far it's ran okay, very quiet indeed and doesn't run hot in a drop in caddy (CnM twin Docking Station).

I'm using this drive as a Video Storage unit, which I can then play the video files through my media player via a usb connection. I have a large DVD collection and a lot of stored TV Hard Drive movies and programmes I want to transfer over. Might buy another one if it keeps dropping in price like this. Discs are now not practical compared to the hard drive prices and additional storage space they take up.

A note on formatting this drive, USE QUICK FORMAT, I used full format on XP and it took over 6 hours....never again!
#18
andyken
May be 'only 5400rpm', but platter speed is much less important these days than platter density and the platter density of the 'F4' is about the best you can get.

Performance as good or better than other 7200rpm drives.

Does anyone have a link to any speed tests of this drive? I've got a 2TB F3 5400rpm EcoGreen in a NAS and that's fine because it's just for backing up and feeding media to a PS3, then I use 1TB F3 7200rpms in my video editing PC. I did have a 1TB F3 5400rpm and I could notice the speed difference when booting from it compared to the 7200rpm.

But if these F4s are as capable as people say, what with the increased density, and since there isn't a 7200rpm F4 yet, I could be very tempted to put one of these directly into my PC for editing storage...

Edited By: DancingMatt on Oct 26, 2010 11:51: Extra info
#19
DancingMatt
andyken
May be 'only 5400rpm', but platter speed is much less important these days than platter density and the platter density of the 'F4' is about the best you can get.Performance as good or better than other 7200rpm drives.
Does anyone have a link to any speed tests of this drive? I've got a 2TB F3 5400rpm EcoGreen in a NAS and that's fine because it's just for backing up and feeding media to a PS3, then I use 1TB F3 7200rpms in my video editing PC. I did have a 1TB F3 5400rpm and I could notice the speed difference when booting from it compared to the 7200rpm.But if these F4s are as capable as people say, what with the increased density, and since there isn't a 7200rpm F4 yet, I could be very tempted to put one of these directly into my PC for editing storage...

From what I've read these are slightly slower than the F3 103SJs, which for me are around 126MB/s sustained. I think I'll be ordering one after work.
#20
DancingMatt
andyken
May be 'only 5400rpm', but platter speed is much less important these days than platter density and the platter density of the 'F4' is about the best you can get.Performance as good or better than other 7200rpm drives.
Does anyone have a link to any speed tests of this drive? I've got a 2TB F3 5400rpm EcoGreen in a NAS and that's fine because it's just for backing up and feeding media to a PS3, then I use 1TB F3 7200rpms in my video editing PC. I did have a 1TB F3 5400rpm and I could notice the speed difference when booting from it compared to the 7200rpm.But if these F4s are as capable as people say, what with the increased density, and since there isn't a 7200rpm F4 yet, I could be very tempted to put one of these directly into my PC for editing storage...

Nothing like as fast as a 7200 drive: http://www.silentpcreview.com/samsung-f4-seagate-xt-2tb

However, that's not the point. They are quieter and use less power than the older F3. They are not a replacement for a 7200 boot drive.
#21
loopie
Would I be able to use one of these drives on Windows XP or would I need to get windows 7 to cope with the advance format?

I believe you have to use a jumper and/or install some software on XP. Well, that's what you do on the WD 'EARS' drives. I'm assuming it's a similar process. This is important to me actually as well, as I'll be using it in a WHS. Anyone care to comment?
1 Like #22
mac_d
Can anyone point me in the correct direction for the correct cables and screws I'd need to go along with one of these OEM HDDs? Looking at the HDD already in my PC I presume I need a power cable to connect the drive to the cable on the PSU as well as the standard sata cable?

You may have a suitable SATA power connector spare running from your PSU. If not, you will need to purchase a Molex to SATA power adapter. If buying from ebuyer, this should do:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158874

In terms of screws, either take a couple from your existing drives (most CD and hard drives have 2 on each side and you really only need one on each side) or talk your local computer shop into giving you a few.
1 Like #23
GFunk
loopie
Would I be able to use one of these drives on Windows XP or would I need to get windows 7 to cope with the advance format?
I believe you have to use a jumper and/or install some software on XP. Well, that's what you do on the WD 'EARS' drives. I'm assuming it's a similar process. This is important to me actually as well, as I'll be using it in a WHS. Anyone care to comment?

No - The Samsung drives use 4K sectors but emulate 512K sectors so that they are backwards compatible with XP. No need to do anything special.
#24
Lowtrawler
GFunk
loopie
Would I be able to use one of these drives on Windows XP or would I need to get windows 7 to cope with the advance format?
I believe you have to use a jumper and/or install some software on XP. Well, that's what you do on the WD 'EARS' drives. I'm assuming it's a similar process. This is important to me actually as well, as I'll be using it in a WHS. Anyone care to comment?
No - The Samsung drives use 4K sectors but emulate 512K sectors so that they are backwards compatible with XP. No need to do anything special.

Cheers for that. That's very good to know.
#25
Can backup 400+ dvds or 2800+ cds with these.
#26
Lowtrawler
DancingMatt
andyken
May be 'only 5400rpm', but platter speed is much less important these days than platter density and the platter density of the 'F4' is about the best you can get.Performance as good or better than other 7200rpm drives.
Does anyone have a link to any speed tests of this drive? I've got a 2TB F3 5400rpm EcoGreen in a NAS and that's fine because it's just for backing up and feeding media to a PS3, then I use 1TB F3 7200rpms in my video editing PC. I did have a 1TB F3 5400rpm and I could notice the speed difference when booting from it compared to the 7200rpm.But if these F4s are as capable as people say, what with the increased density, and since there isn't a 7200rpm F4 yet, I could be very tempted to put one of these directly into my PC for editing storage...
Nothing like as fast as a 7200 drive: http://www.silentpcreview.com/samsung-f4-seagate-xt-2tbHowever, that's not the point. They are quieter and use less power than the older F3. They are not a replacement for a 7200 boot drive.

As long as it can saturate a gigabit connection, which it will (the most bandwidth it will ever have to deal with), it looks like the perfect drive for me. Likewise I wouldn't use it as a boot drive. Strange they are not comparing it in the review to the EARS drive and using the EADS instead, seeing as you hardly ever see EADS drives for sale any more (I'll actually be replacing an EADS with this one).
2 Likes #27
I bought one the week they came out and paid almost £90 for it (about 7 weeks ago). In my view, it is the best 2Tb drive currently available at any price. The fact it is also the cheapest is a major bonus. The reason I think it is so good is that:

1. It uses less power than any other 2Tb drive
2. It is at least as quiet as any other 2Tb drive.
3. It is backwards compatible.
4. It is Samsung (I have 7 Samsung Hard drives dating back over 7 years and never had a failure).
5. It is likely to be more reliable than other 2Tb drives due to 3 platters v 4.
6. It runs cool.

Obviously it is not the fastest drive available but you use 2Tb drives for storage and not your operating system so that shouldn't matter.
#28
Lowtrawler
I bought one the week they came out and paid almost £90 for it (about 7 weeks ago). In my view, it is the best 2Tb drive currently available at any price. The fact it is also the cheapest is a major bonus. The reason I think it is so good is that:1. It uses less power than any other 2Tb drive2. It is at least as quiet as any other 2Tb drive.3. It is backwards compatible.4. It is Samsung (I have 7 Samsung Hard drives dating back over 7 years and never had a failure).5. It is likely to be more reliable than other 2Tb drives due to 3 platters v 4.6. It runs cool.Obviously it is not the fastest drive available but you use 2Tb drives for storage and not your operating system so that shouldn't matter.

Well I'm sold. I'll be using it in a passively cooled server so the fact it runs cool is an important factor. You're right about Samsung drives. I've never had a failure ever. Have once had a WD 5000AAJS fail on me, but that's about it.
#29
Lowtrawler
GFunk
loopie
Would I be able to use one of these drives on Windows XP or would I need to get windows 7 to cope with the advance format?
I believe you have to use a jumper and/or install some software on XP. Well, that's what you do on the WD 'EARS' drives. I'm assuming it's a similar process. This is important to me actually as well, as I'll be using it in a WHS. Anyone care to comment?


No - The Samsung drives use 4K sectors but emulate 512K sectors so that they are backwards compatible with XP. No need to do anything special.


Thanks for confirming that, that's excellent good idea by Samsung to do that.
#30
From that review posted earlier:

"From a performance standpoint, like most "green" models, the F4 is relatively slow compared to 7200 RPM drives. Boot and loading times are a step behind, and when copying small files it can only beat 2.5" variants. Copying large files is the one area in which it excels, its one saving grace. We wouldn't employ it as a boot drive to hold an operating system and applications for daily use, but it is almost perfect for media storage."

This is a Samsung EcoGreen drive, and not to be confused with a "traditional" Spinpoint drive like the F1/F3 we know and love. As the review says, it's got whopping capacity and great price, but you won't want to boot off it or run applications off it. Ideal for storage.

Edited By: Systems on Oct 26, 2010 13:03: spelling
1 Like #31
If you want a full analysis with facts, figures,charts and sound noise tests then click on this link.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/samsung-f4-seagate-xt-2tb
1 Like #32
PhilK
With eBuyers record for me, I'd probably get it just before Xmas....(joking...I think)
Tempted, and would have if Amazon, but reluctant with eBuyer, after their attitude with my last purchase.


I know what you mean with Ebuyer, delivery is always very very slow. Super saver delivery is stated to be within 5 working days but items I have ordered arrive after 7 working days... I paid for next day delivery before with them and surprisingly in didn't come next day. Great site apart from there slow delivery though, prices are always competitive.

Now just waiting for my HD 6870 to arrive...

Edited By: Hanktank on Oct 26, 2010 13:53: ...
#33
ordered, couldn't resist at this price. just might take a good week to arrive with their slow free postage!
#34
Personally, I prefer to buy from Scan. There have been stories that the ebuyer disks are grey imports and so the warranty is with ebuyer rather than Samsung whilst this is definitely not the case with Scan. I don't know whether the stories are true but I'd rather not take the chance. I also find the service and delivery from Scan second to none (I'm entitled to free delivery). Having said that, I've only once had an issue with ebuyer and it was resolved quickly.
#35
I notice according to the review posted by wowhats the Samsung drive is only around 5.7 watts at seek, that can't be much off some early 2.5" drives that can run off usb. I wonder if usb or usb 3 (that has nearly double the power available) could run the drive though an enclosure without the need for an external power supply. Just a thought....
#36
Can anyone help? I have an acer easystore 1tb NAS (4 x 250gb drives at present) - bought after spotting it on this forum. I want to upgrade the hard disks and wondered if these 2tb ones will work. Acer is not very good with help and I think my NAS should take 2tb disks with its current firmware version. Anyone have an idea if this drive would work ok. I'm nervous about spending the money before I'm sure it will be ok.

Thanks
#37
Well as this is now on its way to me I hope nobody minds me sneaking in a wee technical question now that Ive ordered this.
Im presently running a 320GB (formats to 298GB)Maxtor STM3320620A whish is running at IDE-100 with a 16MB buffer.
Ive bought this as Im fed up uninstalling one game to put on another.
Im reading all these DO NOT USE AS A BOOT disclaimers so should I:
a) keep my OS on the Maxtor.
b) make a small (say 10-20GB) partition on the Sammy and do a clean install(possibly borrowing Windows 7) to that.
c) something else entirely that doesnt involve more money or purchases.
Basically what would be faster the 7200 RPM IDE or a 5400 RPM SATA as my main drive-which I know isnt ideal.
Any help/opinions/experiences welcome.

Edited By: martyboy70 on Oct 26, 2010 15:27: no
#38
martyboy70
Well as this is now on its way to me I hope nobody minds me sneaking in a wee technical question now that Ive ordered this.Im presently running a 320GB (formats to 298GB)Maxtor STM3320620A whish is running at IDE-100 with a 16MB buffer.Ive bought this as Im fed up uninstalling one game to put on another.Im reading all these DO NOT USE AS A BOOT disclaimers so should I:a) keep my OS on the Maxtor.b) make a small (say 10-20GB) partition on the Sammy and do a clean install(possibly borrowing Windows 7) to that.c) something else entirely that doesnt involve more money or purchases.Basically what would be faster the 7200 RPM IDE or a 5400 RPM SATA as my main drive-which I know isnt ideal.Any help/opinions/experiences welcome.

Without running benchmarks, I don't think anybody will be able to give you a definitive answer. Is there a reason you are running an IDE100 as a boot disk on a 2TB SATA capable motherboard? (i.e. are you sure your current motherboard will support 2TB SATA drives?). As I understand it, the Maxtor is 4/5 year old technology and running over a slow interface with 16Mb buffer. As a result, I don't think you will notice much difference in speed between the 2TB and the Maxtor as a boot drive. You have the right idea in terms of partitioning the 2TB so that you have a small boot partition although I wouldn't go for anything smaller than 64GB. I recommend that you sell the Maxtor IDE drive on ebay and pick up a 7200 SATA to become your boot drive (you should be able to pick up a 160GB or 250GB for roughly the same price as you sell the Maxtor for).
#39
I got the Maxtor back in the day(probably about 5 years ago as you mentioned) and its never skipped a beat so I took it with me when I upgraded to a pentium dual-core E5200 but its now bulging at the seams.
My board is a Gigabyte g33m-s2l which is definitely SATA capable I just wanted to know the best arrangement to have them in.

Edited By: martyboy70 on Oct 26, 2010 17:27: no
#40
Lowtrawler
martyboy70
Well as this is now on its way to me I hope nobody minds me sneaking in a wee technical question now that Ive ordered this.Im presently running a 320GB (formats to 298GB)Maxtor STM3320620A whish is running at IDE-100 with a 16MB buffer.Ive bought this as Im fed up uninstalling one game to put on another.Im reading all these DO NOT USE AS A BOOT disclaimers so should I:a) keep my OS on the Maxtor.b) make a small (say 10-20GB) partition on the Sammy and do a clean install(possibly borrowing Windows 7) to that.c) something else entirely that doesnt involve more money or purchases.Basically what would be faster the 7200 RPM IDE or a 5400 RPM SATA as my main drive-which I know isnt ideal.Any help/opinions/experiences welcome.
Without running benchmarks, I don't think anybody will be able to give you a definitive answer. Is there a reason you are running an IDE100 as a boot disk on a 2TB SATA capable motherboard? (i.e. are you sure your current motherboard will support 2TB SATA drives?). As I understand it, the Maxtor is 4/5 year old technology and running over a slow interface with 16Mb buffer. As a result, I don't think you will notice much difference in speed between the 2TB and the Maxtor as a boot drive. You have the right idea in terms of partitioning the 2TB so that you have a small boot partition although I wouldn't go for anything smaller than 64GB. I recommend that you sell the Maxtor IDE drive on ebay and pick up a 7200 SATA to become your boot drive (you should be able to pick up a 160GB or 250GB for roughly the same price as you sell the Maxtor for).

I (and this is just an estimate) would guess that your IDE drive is probably topping out at about 45MB/s, this 5400rpm drive should push out over 80MB/s, so in my opinion this will run rings around your old IDE. In terms of random read/write though, who knows which would be faster. My money would still be on the 204UI being the winner.

Edited By: GFunk on Oct 26, 2010 17:32: x

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