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Hey guys, so i remember reading about there being a firmware issues with Samsung f4's back in December. Which has been fixed since then but do drives found now have the new firmware? I recently bought 3 of these of the last 25 days, and was wondering if i would still need to flash them.

Ive always had issues with flashing just about everything, so i was hopping to avoid it, but if its necessary .. im going to have a long night.

Samsung F4 2Tb
Model: HD204UI
Firmware (in hdtune): 1AQ10001

Thanks!

Edit: some information about the firmware issue
Edited by DNytAftr - 6/3/11 at 4:47pm
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I'm kinda interested now, as I'm buying a 2TB from Fry's either later today or tomorrow.
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I'm gonna do some research.
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subbed as I have a F4 I bought last year and haven't used yet and have never flashed a HD so hoping to be enlightened too ; )
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I bought 5 F4's off newegg recently none have the firmware issue.
    
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I have bought 4 of the F4 drives in the last 2 months for my server build and flashed them with no problem.
Although the drives were already up to the newest version of software on them, I used the flash utility on a USB stick to boot up and do the flash which was super easy.
Search for the F4EG.exe app and put it on a bootable USB drive. Connect only the F4 drive that you want to flash and boot up, then type in F4EG and let it run.
Simple and easy to do.
You will probably find that if you are buying the drives now, that they are up to the newest firmware versions, but it certainly can't hurt to run the flash on them anyway.
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Did you get that exe from Samsungs website, or is it a custom one?
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Oh wow i was out for a few to get stuff for dinner and looks like this got some interest But yeah i been using two of them for a month and it has had no issues so far, but since its for my server build i want to make sur, since the issue was about file corruption etc

But from what i heard samsung f4s that were made after december 2010 should have the new firmware (but in not 100% sure so thats what the post is for, so anyone what to confirm about the firmware it would be awesome )

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Originally Posted by Beeiilll View Post
I have bought 4 of the F4 drives in the last 2 months for my server build and flashed them with no problem.
Although the drives were already up to the newest version of software on them, I used the flash utility on a USB stick to boot up and do the flash which was super easy.
Search for the F4EG.exe app and put it on a bootable USB drive. Connect only the F4 drive that you want to flash and boot up, then type in F4EG and let it run.
Simple and easy to do.
You will probably find that if you are buying the drives now, that they are up to the newest firmware versions, but it certainly can't hurt to run the flash on them anyway.
thanks, very useful Yeahhh.. i guess im just unlucky. my luck is pretty bad with bottable stuff. Ive only been able to make one bootable flash drive ever .. @__@ and it looks like a reindeer

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Quote:
Originally Posted by DNytAftr View Post
thanks, very useful Yeahhh.. i guess im just unlucky. my luck is pretty bad with bottable stuff. Ive only been able to make one bootable flash drive ever .. @__@ and it looks like a reindeer
It's pretty easy.
  1. Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
  2. Then download this .zip file and extract it to a folder.
  3. Open up the HP format tool, checkmark Create a DOS startup disk. Select the folder that you extracted.
  4. Click Start.
  5. ???
  6. Profit.
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Originally Posted by SimpleTech View Post
It's pretty easy.
  1. Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.
  2. Then download this .zip file and extract it to a folder.
  3. Open up the HP format tool, checkmark Create a DOS startup disk. Select the folder that you extracted.
  4. Click Start.
  5. ???
  6. Profit.
This is the 5th ??? Profit! post I've seen in the past 15 minutes... what's going on here?
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