I would definitely flash it. It's been proven to solve the problem which is data corruptions for data written while the drive is smart monitored.
See: SourceForge comment
and Hardforum thread
I've got an Asus P6x58D-E motherboard and it was not easy for me to boot DOS. I tried a bunch of methods before I found one that worked. I used the HP USB format tool and found a copy of Windows 98 dos files online. Freedos (CD or USB) did not work for me but it has for others.
FYI - if you don't already know, do NOT make the same mistake I did - make sure the bios is set to "IDE" and NOT ACHI. Stupid Samsung instructions were worthless and I had no idea that was something I should do. Now I might have a problem with one drive.
Download the patch directly from Samsung Samsung F4 Patch
and type in whatever it's called (F4EG I think). Note that the firmware version will NOT change (fail by Samsung). All you will get is a message that it was "downloaded successfully" along with the firmware version and your HDD serial.
Obviously, back up your data to the extent you can before trying it and I would also disconnect any other drives before flashing.
Don't expect ANY help from
Samsung tech "support." Literally - your only option is deal with it yourself (including DOS boot) or RMA which is stupid because you have NO way to tell if your RMA refurb drive has been patched or not since the firmware version remains the same. Like I said, pure fail by Samsung on that. When I first called about a week ago, they had no idea there was a patch. No help for a DOS boot despite the fact that the patch AND Samsung ESTools require DOS. Essentially, I was told "yeah I agree, the patch release wasn't handled the right way," "there's nothing I can do that's not available on the website", or once "as long as the drive writes and reads it's FINE". HUH?
I own six Samsung drives (four F3s and two F4s) and I've been very happy until now. This whole thing has been nothing but pure fail by Samsung. NO notice on the US site (last I checked), DOS boot requirement where WD & Seagate firmware updates can be executed in XP, Vista or Win 7, and rediculous instructions. LMAO - "2. Please connect Target HDD to Primary / Mast."
. What!? It's a SATA drive. I guess if they don't realize IDE is dead then it would explain why everything runs in DOS.
Anyway, good luck.Edited by goesto11 - 6/10/13 at 4:13pm