Reviews and Problems with Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2TB (HD204UI)
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5+ Years later
Richard B., Newegg
4 weeks ago
Summary: Would keep these going but they are 75% full so it is time for an upgrade to 6TB replacements. I hope the next drives are equally quiet and worry-free, but quicker. These have been nice drives.
Pros: Installed four drives in Synology DS410 NAS box in November 2010 and they have been running 24/7 ever since. So far, no problems and no worries. They are quiet and dependable. Always pass the weekly disk checks.
Cons: A bit slow (5400 rpm), so am replacing with 7500 speed drives.
Summary: Update: Nearly 5 years of daily use later and these things are still going strong. Using these in a Synology DiskStation. So far so good.
Pros: Ordered 2, surface scanned and set up in RAID 1 just fine. Wanted a 5,400rpm set for lower noise/heat/power draw for use in a NAS. I'll update if they end up failing prematurely, but so far they work as advertised.
Pros: price and these give me fewer problems than western digital for linux raid.
Cons: you might get a bad one, but this is true of all brands. of the five I bought, one failed immediately. newegg is doing the rma. update 1: bought 5 more in 2013 update 2: Jan 30 2016, all 10 are still running fine.
Very Good Drives If The Head Parking Issue Is Taken Care Of
24 January 2016
Summary: I have had a pair of these drives running in a Synology NAS for over four years. No issues since installed. These drives initially had a frequent head parking issue similar to the infamous problem with WD drives. However, the Synology software recognized the issue and dealt with it.
Cons: Bought this drive in 2011 and saved the for a rainy day. Installed it in my computer after my Toshiba 3 TB died after just over 3 years. Worked for days trying to initialize the drive no luck took it to my computer guy and he confirmed it was dead. Called Samsung, out of warranty. This was a new ...
Cons: Bought 9/20/2011 as a secondary storage drive. Barely boot up the computer. Died 9/3/2015 while adding my music to iCloud library. The disk still spins up. Buying a replacement board to recover my data. Thing is that the replacement boards are $50.