Reviews and Problems with Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2TB (HD204UI)
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Kenneth Deming, Amazon
2 October 2013
Summary: I bought this because I already have a 1TB in my other computer. I wanted more space for a video project I'm working on. I like the things Samsung has been doing with technology and this is just as great as my first one.
Summary: When I decided to set up a FreeNAS raid server I had only one of these HDD's at the time (60 days ago). After searching many retail chains for an exact match, the cheapest matching secondary drive ran $230. Although I read several horror stories about dead/damaged HDD's upon arrival or after minimal use from various vendors I spent two days researching and reading reviews.
Summary: Love the drives! The first order came packaged as expected (separate boxes, clam shell shock absorbers). The drives were easy to install and format. Start a format and find something else to do, it's going to be a looooong time. **Beware of making one of these drives as your booter** First off- the killer for performance is the 5400rpm. Transfer of huge amounts of data on the same drive becomes slow.
Summary: Based on reviews, I thought these would be good drives to use to upgrade my RAID based system. In all fairness, these are not RE drives, but 2TB RE drives cost more than I wanted to spend. My older drives were Samsung RE drives, but only 1TB each. RAID edition drives are nice to have. They coordinate with each other. They are fault tolerant in ways that individual drives are not.
Summary: I get 130MB/s - 100MB/s writes over SATA, and the drive stays cold. I think you can safely use this drive without a fan, which is great. My only complaint: the drive I received makes an audible high-pitched sound (probably ~15000hz), so if you have sensitive ears like me, you might not want this as one of your primary drives.
Summary: This review is for the Samsung F4EG 2TB HD204UI drives, 5400RPM, 32MB of cache. UPDATE: If you need or want to update your firmware, but cannot find the FAQ through the Samsung or Seagate sites, I have the info on my blog (just visit my profile and click on the link to my webpage). Unfortunately, Amazon removed the links that will take you to the download sites.
Summary: This is a good compromise for storage versus price, without taking too much power or losing too much performance. I did find that with a Dell Dimension 9200 it seemed unreliable, and I had to put back the 1 GB Samsung HD103SJ I had hoped to replace, but these disks work correctly in a more modern PC. Recommended.
One of the best green hdd on market. Poor packaging
9 June 2013
Summary: The quality of the hdd is one of the best. It is very reliable.I bought two for my files. It is very good for use in a nas. It produces little or no audible noise and runs very cool. Overall very good hdd but they came in a very poor packaging.