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Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - OEM - £57.61 Delivered @ Amazon
Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - OEM - £57.61 Delivered @ Amazon

Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive - OEM - £57.61 Delivered @ Amazon

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Brand: Samsung
Mfr Part Number: HD204UI
Hard Drive Size: 2 TB
Hard Disk Rotational Speed: 5400 rpm
Data Transfer Rate: 375
Hard disk drive capacity: 2000 GB
Internal: Y
Hard disk rotational speed: 5400 RPM
Hard disk interface: Serial ATA II

Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.2 x 2.6 cm ; 699 g
Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
Item model number: HD204UI
ASIN: B0042SGDVG
Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Sep 2010

55 Comments

Bargain deal hot for me

Good price for these drives. I had one delivered from Amazon before Christmas (£61 odd) - it came in a plastic caddy rattling around inside a large cardboard box - hopefully you folks will have better packing

Mine came just after Christmas, came in a small wrap-around cardboard box not much bigger than the drive. Nothing wrong with the packaging, although i've still yet to try the drive as it was brought to go on a XBOX 360 and haven't got round to getting a Sata cable for it.

http://www.themolehole.eclipse.co.uk/IMG_4269x.jpg
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Edited by: "bluespace77" 23rd Feb 2011

If you want a pair of these remember Scan is cheaper until 1pm Wednesday - hotukdeals.com/dea…731

bluespace77

Mine came just after Christmas, came in a small wrap-around cardboard box … Mine came just after Christmas, came in a small wrap-around cardboard box not much bigger than the drive. Nothing wrong with the packaging, although i've still yet to try the drive as it was brought to go on a XBOX 360 and haven't got round to getting a Sata cable for it.



Glad they fixed the packaging - I know several folks had problems at the same time I bought mine...
Edited by: "wombat6025" 22nd Feb 2011

Tempted, but there are a lot of recent reviews complaining about the packaging again.

I've never had to try Scan after sales service, but they do pack their drives very well (loads of bubble wrap).
Edited by: "Hawfinch" 23rd Feb 2011

Seems to be alot of horror stories of Scan's after sales service, i'd probably pay Amazon the few quid extra just to have peace of mind, especially when it comes to harddrives. There is the packaging possibly not being great, but then if anything is damaged, Amazon CS is excellent, they'd send a replacement out straight away.

I read they need a firmware update to solve a major bug?

I ordered sometime after some people said they got theirs in better packaging, mine was just in cardboard though and could have been knocked around a bit. Hopefully by now sorted for all...

bluespace77

it was bought to go on a XBOX 360 and haven't got round to getting a Sata … it was bought to go on a XBOX 360 and haven't got round to getting a Sata cable for it.



Eh? Or do you mean in? If you do then it won't fit lol. If you do mean on, then what do you mean?
Edited by: "simate" 24th Feb 2011

Banned

simate

Eh? Or do you mean in? If you do then I won't fit lol. If you do mean on, … Eh? Or do you mean in? If you do then I won't fit lol. If you do mean on, then what do you mean?



Whats this got to do with you?

Voted hot - thanks OP just bought one

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Adnan786

Whats this got to do with you?



and what has it got to do with you, keep ya rude snout out

firmware download available from samsung website if you have an effected model

Banned

Adnan786simatebluespace77it was bought to go on a XBOX 360 and haven't … Adnan786simatebluespace77it was bought to go on a XBOX 360 and haven't got round to getting a Sata cable for it.Eh? Or do you mean in? If you do then I won't fit lol. If you do mean on, then what do you mean?Whats this got to do with you?and what has it got to do with you, keep ya rude snout out



Think either the guy hasnt yet realiesed the xbox 360 only takes laptops hard drives or he's somehow routing the cables out his 360 to the hard drive outside?

hot me too im in for one

HOT HOT HOT

Firmware update link [if you need it] on this Ebuyer page

ebuyer.com/pro…cts

where it's slightly cheaper at £59.49 [not sure whether free delivery??? I know I can't get it free]

There's a 2TB Samsung "Spinpoint" drive at Ebuyer for a few pennies less: ebuyer.com/pro…908

Does anyone know the difference between Spinpoint and EcoGreen?

I've been impressed by Ebuyer's customer service, and I don't recall any packaging problems.

EDIT: Hehe - Faythur saw it too!

Edited by: "Hawfinch" 23rd Feb 2011

ebuyer says same model number as this ^... i think the full title is spinpoint ecogreen F4 etc


The new disk manages to squeeze 2TB onto only three platters, leading the manufacturer to claim that it has the highest areal density of any desktop drive in the world.

Of course, a massive 667GB per platter isn't all that this drive brings to the table. Fewer platters means lower power-usage, and Samsung is claiming a 23 per cent drop in consumption compared to its previous four-platter EcoGreen models. The drive even manages to do this while boosting standby time performance by 19 percent.

The new hard-disk is more than just power-conscious, though. The F4EG is made with environmentally-friendly materials and doesn't rely on any halogens in the manufacture of the PCB.
Edited by: "balluji" 23rd Feb 2011

Pay the £4.79 extra and get a WD 2TB drive, far better drive imho.

''Nothing wrong with the packaging''
Then with all due respect you know nothing about how 3.5" drives work and how susceptible to shock damage they are!!

xela333

Think either the guy hasnt yet realiesed the xbox 360 only takes laptops … Think either the guy hasnt yet realiesed the xbox 360 only takes laptops hard drives or he's somehow routing the cables out his 360 to the hard drive outside?



Or like me he has JTAG'ed his Xbox and hard soldered a SATA lead onto his 360's mobo :-) Difference is I've used a 1TB WD Caviar Black and not a rubbish sammy drive ;-)


Edited by: "Leftfield_2k2" 23rd Feb 2011

Just found this:

"As long as the manufactured date is after 11-2010 then the unit has already been applied the patch."

..in an email from Samsung..

EDIT

Also see that they've now matched the Ebuyer price [I had emailed them ]



Edited by: "Faythur" 23rd Feb 2011

Faythur

Just found this:"As long as the manufactured date is after 11-2010 then … Just found this:"As long as the manufactured date is after 11-2010 then the unit has already been applied the patch."


But there's no way of knowing beforehand whether the unit you'll receive was made before or after that date. So this would be a very unwise purchase for Mac owners, who would be unable to apply the PC only patch.

Also see that they've now matched the Ebuyer price [I had emailed them … Also see that they've now matched the Ebuyer price [I had emailed them ]


Amazing! Now if we can get Ebuyer to beat that price...

Edited by: "Hawfinch" 23rd Feb 2011

Leftfield_2k2

Pay the £4.79 extra and get a WD 2TB drive, far better drive imho.



Horses for courses i suppose, people have worse experiences with certain brands than others (for me, ive had plenty of WD drives fail over the years, i havent used them for a while now).

I've seen some speed tests of both the Samsung and the WD and at least for those people who tested them, the Samsung has better transfer rates, but the WD has better access times.

v tempted to upgrade my Virgin V+ box with this!

bluespace77

Nothing wrong with the packaging



If you sent the drive back for a RMA in that packaging, they would refuse it. That packaging is asking for trouble.

Other than amazons awful packing, I have 8 of these drives in my server, running off a very cheap but fast, HP P400. So quiet and Ive never had an issue with any samsung drive compared to the two WDs and countless Maxtors.

Edited by: "botler" 23rd Feb 2011

Banned

xela333

Think either the guy hasnt yet realiesed the xbox 360 only takes laptops … Think either the guy hasnt yet realiesed the xbox 360 only takes laptops hard drives or he's somehow routing the cables out his 360 to the hard drive outside?



Dont know about bluespace but i aske simate whats it got to do with her/him as he/she wrote " If you do then I won't fit lol". Pay attention to the word after "then" and before "won't". I dont own a 360.

bluespace77

Nothing wrong with the packaging

xela333

Think either the guy hasnt yet realiesed the xbox 360 only takes laptops … Think either the guy hasnt yet realiesed the xbox 360 only takes laptops hard drives or he's somehow routing the cables out his 360 to the hard drive outside?

Faythur

Just found this:"As long as the manufactured date is after 11-2010 then … Just found this:"As long as the manufactured date is after 11-2010 then the unit has already been applied the patch."


The packaging really isn't as bad as it looks. The drive's in the plastic clamshell case which is formed with the balls in it to protect the drive. As the cardboard sleeve is a tight fit, there's a good clearance between the drive and the cardboard insulating the drive from damage. Provided someone doesn't drop the drive, there shouldn't be an issue. Sure, Scan's 'wrap in a load of bubblewap and stick it in bag' is better. But if it works, does it matter? atleast you know you'll be getting adrive with the fully Samsung warrenty. It certainly wouldn't stop me from buying another drive to replace the F2EG, as these drives are a lot faster.



It's simple enough. There's a Sata adapter inside the HDD caddy, for an easy life you can just plug a female Sata to male Sata lead into it and then just take the 12V from somewhere or use eSata enclosure/ external power supply instead..

http://www.magicbox2018.com/digital/SZ010030160117RK%20big.jpg

Hawfinch

But there's no way of knowing beforehand whether the unit you'll receive … But there's no way of knowing beforehand whether the unit you'll receive was made before or after that date. So this would be a very unwise purchase for Mac owners, who would be unable to apply the PC only patch.



I ordered my Amazon drive on the 27th of December, and it was picked on the 28th. Manufacture date of the drive was 2010.12. Given that 2 months have passed since then, i'd say it's highly likely you'll get a drive manuactured after 2010.11.

My Scan drive was delivered mid December and was Manufactured in September, although that's a 'Z4'.



Edited by: "bluespace77" 23rd Feb 2011

bluespace77

The packaging really isn't as bad as it looks.



Yes it is. I ordered one from Amazon, and it came in exactly the same packaging that your photos show.

I returned it without even testing it, and I was right to do so.

If you think that packaging is adequate you are sorely mistaken. The drop from letterbox to doormat alone is liable to damage it, but think about the amount of times it would have been dropped/thrown during transit.

As for you suggestion that because it works when you tried it now, there is no damage done, again this is wrong. Such damage will not necessarily show up immediately, but will likely reduce the lifespan & reliabiity of the drive.

I usually think Amazon are awesome, but on this one they really dropped the ball. It's just not acceptable to ship HDDs in this way.

good price. very tempted heat added, but I will wait until they go for under £50.

I ordered this off Amazon last time.

They shipped me a DVD drive instead. Lovely.

so..basically..wheres the best place to get it? considering the packaging and services?

Ebuyer? (£59.51 + free delivery)
Amazon? (£59.51 + free delivery)
SCAN? (£113.99 + free delivery) for 2 drives ..

was thinking to get 2 from scan...but since u said service was bad..i had to redecide. =/

also..any chances that these prices will go lower?

if so..then il prob get 1HDD for now.

Adnan786

Whats this got to do with you?



I want to know because I have a 360, is that alright with you mate?????

Adnan786

Dont know about bluespace but i aske simate whats it got to do with … Dont know about bluespace but i aske simate whats it got to do with her/him as he/she wrote " If you do then I won't fit lol". Pay attention to the word after "then" and before "won't". I dont own a 360.



Obviously a typo, and I meant "it" not "I".

AznAssassin

so..basically..wheres the best place to get it? considering the packaging … so..basically..wheres the best place to get it? considering the packaging and services?Ebuyer? (£59.51 + free delivery)Amazon? (£59.51 + free delivery)SCAN? (£113.99 + free delivery) for 2 drives ..


I'm going to use Ebuyer this time. They handled a return well for me once, even though it was months after purchase. They even organised and paid for the courier return. Amazon customer services can be good, too, but the risk with this item is even if they pack it well, it may be one of the units that another customer has returned because of bad packaging.
Edited by: "Hawfinch" 24th Feb 2011

Banned

simate

I want to know because I have a 360, is that alright with you mate?????



I know. BAZINGA

Adnan786

I know. BAZINGA



That's nice for you, peeeerrrrr ick.

Mine arrived today from Amazon. Very well packaged, thank god.

Banned

simate

That's nice for you, peeeerrrrr ick.



Calm down, your acting like you've just been sodomised. First you make the typo, secondly you fail to see the humorous side of why i asked you what its got to do with you when you said "IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WONT FIT" instead of "it" and now you're resorting to personal insults. You should meditate :-)
Edited by: "Adnan786" 25th Feb 2011

Can anyone advise how I can carry out the firmware update without a sata computer. All I have is a ide/sata converter. I have downloaded freeDos and have a disk with both the update and FD on.

When I try the update I get an error, I guess that because I am using an adapter. Are there any bios settings I need to change other than boot from cd drive.

When done I plan to put them in the d-link dns320.
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