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OK, so I purchased a Samsung Spinpoint 2TB drive. I had in my head that 64MB cache would be the giveaway if it was an advanced format drive, so since this was 32MB I was fine. Well, turns out I was wrong as per the Samsung Site it is a 4k drive #-o I figured I would just set the jumper pin to 7/8 as I have read. I was expecting to see the usual 8 pins (4 along the top x 2 rows) but there were only 4 pins (2x2). So at this point I have no idea if I should set the jumper and if so where, what is considered the 7/8 pins. I checked Samsungs website and no info. I ended up just putting the drive into my WHS. It recognized it without a problem. I transferred files to/from the WHS and no issues with speed (I get about 40-60 MB/s as expected). Am I missing something here, am I at risk for leaving the drive in my WHS as is :-k

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OK, so using HDTune here are my results so far:

Benchmark Test:

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- Minimum Transfer Rate 60.6 MB/s
- Maximum Transfer Rate 133.1 MB/s
- Avg Transfer Rate 101.1 MB/s
- Access Time 15.6ms
- Burst Rate 136.3 MB/s

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Extra Tests:

HD Tune Pro: SAMSUNG HD204UI Extra Tests

Test capacity: full

Random seek 62 IOPS 16.119 ms 0.030 MB/s
Random seek 4 KB 66 IOPS 15.173 ms 0.257 MB/s
Butterfly seek 56 IOPS 17.833 ms 0.027 MB/s
Random seek / size 64 KB 62 IOPS 16.137 ms 0.953 MB/s
Random seek / size 8 MB 18 IOPS 56.778 ms 71.416 MB/s
Sequential outer 2057 IOPS 0.486 ms 128.582 MB/s
Sequential middle 1579 IOPS 0.633 ms 98.682 MB/s
Sequential inner 1065 IOPS 0.939 ms 66.566 MB/s
Burst rate 2147 IOPS 0.466 ms 134.162 MB/s

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More tests (Random Access Read):

HD Tune Pro: SAMSUNG HD204UI Random Access

Test capacity: full

Read test

Transfer size operations / sec avg. access time max. access time avg. speed
512 bytes 63 IOPS 15.694 ms 36.218 ms 0.031 MB/s
4 KB 63 IOPS 15.816 ms 56.517 ms 0.247 MB/s
64 KB 59 IOPS 16.745 ms 43.378 ms 3.732 MB/s
1 MB 37 IOPS 26.773 ms 59.570 ms 37.350 MB/s
Random 46 IOPS 21.475 ms 52.928 ms 23.626 MB/s

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Run better than my current wd 1500gb green hard drive the ears version (advance format)


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dbone1026 wrote:
OK, so using HDTune here are my results so far:

Benchmark Test:

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- Minimum Transfer Rate 60.6 MB/s
- Maximum Transfer Rate 133.1 MB/s
- Avg Transfer Rate 101.1 MB/s
- Access Time 15.6ms
- Burst Rate 136.3 MB/s


For comparison I ran the same test on my WD 2TB Drive (EADS) and the data seemed worse then the Samsung:

HD Tune Pro: WDC WD20EADS-00R6B0 Benchmark

Test capacity: full

Read transfer rate
Transfer Rate Minimum : 38.0 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum : 74.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average : 67.9 MB/s
Access Time : 20.6 ms
Burst Rate : 71.4 MB/s
CPU Usage : 31.0%

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I have two of these coming next week that I'll be adding to Andromeda in the near future. I've had good luck with the 2TB F3's. The F3's run cooler than all of the other LP or Green drives, so I expect even better results from the F4s.


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One other interesting note, not sure if this has anything to do with the advanced format, but with the setup guide for the drive it talks about UDMA 100 and UDMA 133. The guide states that the drive is set as UDMA 100 by default because some motherboards have problems supporting UDMA 133. You have to download the HUTIL if you want to switch to UDMA 133 (anything to do with the advanced format)???

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dbone1026 wrote:
One other interesting note, not sure if this has anything to do with the advanced format, but with the setup guide for the drive it talks about UDMA 100 and UDMA 133. The guide states that the drive is set as UDMA 100 by default because some motherboards have problems supporting UDMA 133. You have to download the HUTIL if you want to switch to UDMA 133 (anything to do with the advanced format)???


i think the udma is only related to the older drives pata i believe and not the sata...

just tested my system drive that came with the ex485 and guess what its even slower than my wd ears green drive, really weird a 5400 better than the 7200


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OK, so I woke up this morning to watch some tv shows from my server before the boys woke up, and my server was down. In the WHS console I had a bunch of errors about various drives missing (probably 4-5 of my hdd were missing, including the Samsung). I rebooted my server and now everything is back to normal. I will have to keep a closer eye on this, see if it happens again (which means it could possibly be related to the Samsung drive), or if it was just a coincidence

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Just a quick update, I woke up again today to find my WHS non responsive. I don't think it is related to the Samsung drive but I am trying to dig further. I have been getting an error that my system space on my C drive keeps getting low. Part of the issue is the WHS logs. There is one log (qsm.log) which gets created each night and comes out to 770MB. I am not sure specifically what this log is for but when I open it up it has data on all the drives in my WHS. I don't know if the low C drive space, this log, and the Samsung drive are all related. I may pull out the Samsung drive and see if I continue to get the same issues with the log. For example, here is an excerpt from this log, it just keeps repeating itself:

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Attribute ManufactureName[Unknown disk ] = WDC WD15EADS-00P8B0      WD-WCAVU0289170
Attribute LocationDisplayName[Unknown disk ] = NULL
Attribute BusType[Unknown disk ] = RAID
Attribute QRole[Unknown disk ] = 2
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk ] = 0
Attribute Hidden[System disk] = 0
Attribute ManufactureName[System disk] = WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B0 SCSI Disk Device
Attribute LocationDisplayName[System disk] = NULL
Attribute BusType[System disk] = ATA
Attribute QRole[System disk] = 1
Attribute Hidden[System disk] = 0
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk Seagate ST320005XXXX SCSI Disk Device] = 0
Attribute ManufactureName[Unknown disk Seagate ST320005XXXX SCSI Disk Device] = Seagate ST320005XXXX SCSI Disk Device
Attribute LocationDisplayName[Unknown disk Seagate ST320005XXXX SCSI Disk Device] = NULL
Attribute BusType[Unknown disk Seagate ST320005XXXX SCSI Disk Device] = RAID
Attribute QRole[Unknown disk Seagate ST320005XXXX SCSI Disk Device] = 2
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk Seagate ST320005XXXX SCSI Disk Device] = 0
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B1 SCSI Disk Device] = 0
Attribute ManufactureName[Unknown disk WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B1 SCSI Disk Device] = WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B1 SCSI Disk Device
Attribute LocationDisplayName[Unknown disk WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B1 SCSI Disk Device] = NULL
Attribute BusType[Unknown disk WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B1 SCSI Disk Device] = SCSI
Attribute QRole[Unknown disk WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B1 SCSI Disk Device] = 2
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk WDC WD10 EACS-00D6B1 SCSI Disk Device] = 0
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk SAMSUNG HD204UI SCSI Disk Device] = 0
Attribute ManufactureName[Unknown disk SAMSUNG HD204UI SCSI Disk Device] = SAMSUNG HD204UI SCSI Disk Device
Attribute LocationDisplayName[Unknown disk SAMSUNG HD204UI SCSI Disk Device] = NULL
Attribute BusType[Unknown disk SAMSUNG HD204UI SCSI Disk Device] = RAID
Attribute QRole[Unknown disk SAMSUNG HD204UI SCSI Disk Device] = 2
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk SAMSUNG HD204UI SCSI Disk Device] = 0
Attribute Hidden[Unknown disk ] = 0

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dbone1026 wrote:
More tests (Random Access Read):

HD Tune Pro: SAMSUNG HD204UI Random Access

Test capacity: full

Read test

Transfer size operations / sec avg. access time max. access time avg. speed
512 bytes 63 IOPS 15.694 ms 36.218 ms 0.031 MB/s
4 KB 63 IOPS 15.816 ms 56.517 ms 0.247 MB/s
64 KB 59 IOPS 16.745 ms 43.378 ms 3.732 MB/s
1 MB 37 IOPS 26.773 ms 59.570 ms 37.350 MB/s
Random 46 IOPS 21.475 ms 52.928 ms 23.626 MB/s


In real world use is there a noticeable difference?
In my setup I have twenty drives connected to USB, so my speeds to/from my MSS
are typically between 25MB/s and 40MB/s. The eight drives on SATA are mostly full.

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aaronwt wrote:
dbone1026 wrote:
More tests (Random Access Read):

HD Tune Pro: SAMSUNG HD204UI Random Access

Test capacity: full

Read test

Transfer size operations / sec avg. access time max. access time avg. speed
512 bytes 63 IOPS 15.694 ms 36.218 ms 0.031 MB/s
4 KB 63 IOPS 15.816 ms 56.517 ms 0.247 MB/s
64 KB 59 IOPS 16.745 ms 43.378 ms 3.732 MB/s
1 MB 37 IOPS 26.773 ms 59.570 ms 37.350 MB/s
Random 46 IOPS 21.475 ms 52.928 ms 23.626 MB/s


In real world use is there a noticeable difference?
In my setup I have twenty drives connected to USB, so my speeds to/from my MSS
are typically between 25MB/s and 40MB/s. The eight drives on SATA are mostly full.


I don't have any USB drives connected to my WHS. I know in the past when I have attached an external USB drive to my WHS I got approx 20-30MB/s transferring files. When copying files from my WHS t o my PC (which would be through Sata) I regularly get between 40-70 MB/s, so it is a pretty significant difference for transferring data

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OK, just thought I would give a quick update regarding the Samsung Spinpoint Advanced Format Drives. About 2 weeks ago I replaced the drive with a Seagate LP drive. Ever since I replaced I have not had one issue with my WHS (whereas before my WHS was locking up at least once a week). Also, the qsm log that was causing issues (it would be around 770,000 KB daily) is now down to 1 KB daily. All I can conclude is that the Samsung Advanced Format drive does not play nice with WHS, and I would recommend that every WHS user avoid.

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dbone1026 wrote:
All I can conclude is that the Samsung Advanced Format drive does not play nice with WHS, and I would recommend that every WHS user avoid.


I've been running one of these in my primary production home server for several weeks now with no issue. I think it's more likely an issue with your hardware or config than a generic WHS issue.

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