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Samsung EcoGreen F4 (HD204UI) 2 TB Hard Disk Drive

The Samsung EcoGreen line currently consists of the EcoGreen F2 family of drives with capacities of 500 GB to 1.5 TB, the EcoGreen F3 family with a wider range of storage capacity from just 250 GB up to 2 TB; and finally, the latest EcoGreen F4 family which only offers a 1.5 TB or a 2 TB model.

Today, we will be looking at the top model in the Samsung EcoGreen F4 family - the 2 TB Samsung HD204UI hard disk drive. It boasts the following features :

  • 667 GB 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™
  • SilentSeek™

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Comprehensive Review

Model

• HD204UI

Formatted Capacity

• 2 TB

Guaranteed Sectors

• NA

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes (Emulated)

Platters

• 3 Platters (667 GB per platter)

Read/Write Heads

• 6 Read/Write Heads

Spindle Speed

• 5,400 RPM

Cache Buffer

• 32 MB SDRAM

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 250 MB/s (sustained, maximum)

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 300 MB/s

Average Seek

• 8.9 ms

Average Latency

• 5.52 ms

Drive Ready Time

• 13 seconds (average)

Interface

• Serial ATA 3 Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 3.0 Gbits/s
• 1.5 Gbits/s

SATA Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Maximum Height

• 26.1 mm (1.028 inches)

Maximum Width

• 101.6 mm (4.00 inches)

Maximum Length

• 147.0 mm (5.787 inches)

Maximum Weight

• 650 g (1.43 lbs)

Power Requirements

• +12V DC ± 10 %
• +5V DC ± 5 %

Power Consumption

• 6.3 W (Read / Write)
• 5.7 W (Random Seek)
• 5.1 W (Idle)
• 1.0 W (Standby)
• 1.0 W (Sleep)

Ambient Temperature

• 0 °C to 60 °C (Operating)
• -40 °C to 70 °C (Non-Operating)

Maximum Shock

• 70 G @ 1/2 sine pulse (Read/Write)
• 300 G @ 1/2 sine pulse (Non-Operating)

Drive Acoustics

• 26 dBA average (Idle Mode)
• 29 dBA average (Performance Seek Mode)

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• 1 sector (4096 bytes) per 1015 bits read

Load/Unload Cycles

• NA

MTBF

• NA

Warranty

• 3 Years Limited Warranty

 

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