Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATA 5400RPM 32MB Cache - OEM - £59.51 Delivered @ Ebuyer
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Samsung HD204UI Spinpoint F4 2TB Hard Drive SATA 5400RPM 32MB Cache - OEM - £59.51 Delivered @ Ebuyer

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Found 23rd Feb 2011Made hot 24th Feb 2011
Alternative to Amazon - 686 in stock at time of post

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

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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

37 Comments

Original Poster

To save repeating lots that's already been said worth reading the Amazon thread Here.

Banned

667GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk ???

So its really 1334gb, not 2000gb as you'd think from a 2TB HDD...

bit disappointing. You'd be better buying a 1TB + 500gb lol


EDIT: Ignore the above, i misred the description
Edited by: "gooddeals9" 23rd Feb 2011

gooddeals9

667GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk ???So its really 1334gb, not 2000gb as … 667GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk ???So its really 1334gb, not 2000gb as you'd think from a 2TB HDD...bit disappointing. You'd be better buying a 1TB + 500gb lol


THREE 667gb LOL

gooddeals9

667GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk ???So its really 1334gb, not 2000gb as … 667GB Formatted Capacity Per Disk ???So its really 1334gb, not 2000gb as you'd think from a 2TB HDD...bit disappointing. You'd be better buying a 1TB + 500gb lol



3 Platters, not 2, your maths is a little off

Always found ebuyer delivers a 5 day delivery in 9 or 10.
Amazon tend to deliver in less than half that time.
Stopped buying stuff from ebuyer for just that reason. There isn't 2 Fridays in 5 days, eBuyer.....

Yeah - same price at Amazon. amazon.co.uk/Sam…8-4
If you're in a hurry and don't live on eBuyers doorstep, go to Amazon.

Banned

My bad, i didn't read description properly ill edit first post

does this not explain it?
"While other 2TB drives split their collection of bytes over four 500GB platters, Samsung's Spinpoint EcoGreen HD204UI F4 features three 667GB disks"

1 drive of stated capacity = collection of smaller platters added together.

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brilly

does this not explain it?"While other 2TB drives split their collection … does this not explain it?"While other 2TB drives split their collection of bytes over four 500GB platters, Samsung's Spinpoint EcoGreen HD204UI F4 features three 667GB disks"1 drive of stated capacity = collection of smaller platters added together.



i know, i got it when i re-read it, my bad lol

really cheap for a 2tb drive! normally id buy a seagate drive, but at this price i can buy two of these and put them in is raid 0+1 and get blistering speeds.

rash

really cheap for a 2tb drive! normally id buy a seagate drive, but at … really cheap for a 2tb drive! normally id buy a seagate drive, but at this price i can buy two of these and put them in is raid 0+1 and get blistering speeds.



When there are just two drives it's usually called Raid 1.

I've not seen any Raid 0+1 arrays for a long time, in the early 90s I had a system with some 0+1 arrays (7 disk raid 0 stripesets mirrored to similar stripesets on a different shelf and controller).

Gone for this. The amazon packaging thing put me off buying earlier.

hi, does the fact these are 5400 rpm not 7200 rpm mean that transfering data to them would be slower , or what exactly will the differance in rpm affect ? , also are these realiable drives and are these garenty'd by samsung unlike scans

Cracking price for 2gb. Hot from me.

Make sure if you're using these drives in an Windows XP machine you either partition and format it in a vista or windows 7 machine first, then transfer it to the XP machine. Or alternatively install and run Samsungs alignment tool, so that you get the best performance out of the 4k sectors.

tyson25

hi, does the fact these are 5400 rpm not 7200 rpm mean that transfering … hi, does the fact these are 5400 rpm not 7200 rpm mean that transfering data to them would be slower , or what exactly will the differance in rpm affect ? , also are these realiable drives and are these garenty'd by samsung unlike scans



In reality no, i've got 2 of these drives & they're quicker than my other F3 7200rpm

These also require a firmware update or you'll risk losing all your data !!!

I don’t like the way this is described as “ticking away”.

Cold - this drive has been around this price for ages, where is the deal?

In fact, at scan using the deals you can get a pack of 2 quite a bit cheaper.

MrPuddington

Cold - this drive has been around this price for ages, where is the deal? … Cold - this drive has been around this price for ages, where is the deal? In fact, at scan using the deals you can get a pack of 2 quite a bit cheaper.



Yes, but the scans are grey imports - meaning this is the cheapest if you want your warranty with Samsung, and not rely on Scan.

nice deal i prefer ebuyer to scan and amazon ive used these guys for years and never has a problems with returns always prompt and no hassle mind you i did spend thousands and was in their top 100 customers

u0421793

I don’t like the way this is described as “ticking away”.



Exactly what I was thinking! 'Ticking' is not a good thing when it comes to hard drives!

But we know what the OP meant.

PhilK

Always found ebuyer delivers a 5 day delivery in 9 or 10.Amazon tend to … Always found ebuyer delivers a 5 day delivery in 9 or 10.Amazon tend to deliver in less than half that time.Stopped buying stuff from ebuyer for just that reason. There isn't 2 Fridays in 5 days, eBuyer.....



Have to say that by and large, I've found ebuyer's '5-day' delivery usually delivers next day. And that's to South West Scotland. But as they say in US car adverts, "Your Mileage May Vary" (YMMV)

Mecoconuts

These also require a firmware update or you'll risk losing all your data … These also require a firmware update or you'll risk losing all your data !!!



Anything like this with a hard drive where you normally keep important information is a big no no, would prefer to pay an extra £6 more and opt for the WD green version without the firmware issues

only old stock - pre 11/2010 - needs fw upgrade

balluji

only old stock - pre 11/2010 - needs fw upgrade


Agreed, but should anyone need to upgrade the firmware, it can be found here.
Edited by: "ClubLife" 24th Feb 2011

bbbravo

Anything like this with a hard drive where you normally keep important … Anything like this with a hard drive where you normally keep important information is a big no no, would prefer to pay an extra £6 more and opt for the WD green version without the firmware issues



Is that the WD20EARS drive with the legendary 'Load Cycle Count' problem when used in a NAS? I know it's not firmware; but it still may need a fix

BTW - I have both the Samsung and WD - can't see much difference performance wise; both are very quiet running.

Edited by: "wombat6025" 24th Feb 2011

what will happen if you dont do that in other os and do it in xp ? as i have xp

@ClubLife - Feb 24, 2011 05:26Make sure if you're using these drives in an Windows XP machine you either partition and format it in a vista or windows 7 machine first, then transfer it to the XP machine. Or alternatively install and run Samsungs alignment tool, so that you get the best performance out of the 4k sectors.

The western digital one at Ebuyer is a better buy - its £65 but has twice the cache, and is a better brand.... IMO

whizzkid11

The western digital one at Ebuyer is a better buy - its £65 but has twice … The western digital one at Ebuyer is a better buy - its £65 but has twice the cache, and is a better brand.... IMO



So is it faster then - or does it just simply have twice the cache??

See an email from Samsung rep on how to check if you need a fw update with these drives:

tinypic.com/r/o…o/7

Drives after 11/2011 don't need fw updating.

hope this helps

crofter

So is it faster then - or does it just simply have twice the cache??



It is also a 5400 rpm drive with twice the cache, so you will see a slight better performance. WD is a good quality drive, and I have just ordered some. My colleague has 3 of the 2TB WD greens and swears by them....

tyson25

what will happen if you dont do that in other os and do it in xp ? as i … what will happen if you dont do that in other os and do it in xp ? as i have xp


Nothing bad will happen, you just won't get the best performance out of the drive.

Are you booting off of it? Or using it as storage? If the latter, just download, install and use their alignment tool to partition the drive, which I linked to here. To better understand it, you can read the accompanying PDF here.



Edited by: "ClubLife" 24th Feb 2011

Good price, but it looks as if you won't want to be selling it to upgrade in future, at least not until the relevant firmware upgrades have been released!

news.techworld.com/sto…nd/

tyson25

hi, does the fact these are 5400 rpm not 7200 rpm mean that transfering … hi, does the fact these are 5400 rpm not 7200 rpm mean that transfering data to them would be slower , or what exactly will the differance in rpm affect ? , also are these realiable drives and are these garenty'd by samsung unlike scans



Bought a couple of these from Scan last month and they are under warranty until 04/2014 in the UK according to Samsung's warranty checker on their website, were also manufactured after the date of the new firmware

just for storing data on , but will burn stuff from data on drives as its for self made projects

jazid

Good price, but it looks as if you won't want to be selling it to upgrade … Good price, but it looks as if you won't want to be selling it to upgrade in future, at least not until the relevant firmware upgrades have been released!http://news.techworld.com/storage/3262210/ssd-drives-difficult-to-wipe-securely-researchers-find/



Not an issue. This research applies to SSD drives. The drive in this post is magnetic.
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