Samsung Spinpoint HD204UI and SMART bug

HankB99

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I just ran across a reference to a problem with this drive which is favored around here. Apparently if a particular SMART command is issued during a write, the write fails and the block is marked as bad. Samsung has issued a firmware update to fix this, but if you don't know about it, you'll not know to apply the fix. Further, the fix does not update the firmware version so it is not possible to determine if the fix has been applied to new drives. (Props to Samsung on that aspect. :fou: )

I did find one oblique reference to this problem in the following post:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265364-32-samsung-204ui-smart

There is further info at http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/wiki/SamsungF4EGBadBlocks

I just want to help get the word out because I don't think this is a well known issue.

Today's PSA. ;)

Edit: this is one reason why I match drives from different manufacturers when I build a RAID. I have one of these and it is mirrored with a Seagate ST32000542AS
 

ctmk

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Just got brand new HD204UI and starting to have write fails (1) but no bad block yet. now doing a full format and cross my fingers.

Samsung says that drive dated Jan 2010 will have firmware updated.
 

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