Just found out about this issue and need help!!
As part of my Uni course I need to handle/manipulate large amounts of storage. Rather than delete what seemed to not be required, I decided to save all data should I need to return to it at a later date. Therefore, I thought it was good to buy two HD204UI drives.
These are now both fully installed and look to be working fine, though I have no data on them at present, my previous (and now full) drives were used with no issues. As I was adding more to my humble PC I thought it best to check temperatures using smart before transferring the data.
At this point I found out the drives had been blocked due to a "known issue". After loads of reading I've stumbled onto this forum.
I understand most of the firmware flashing but not sure if I'm ready to go for it straight away.
The drives were only bought less than one month ago, sometime in June. They were both bought from ebuyer online. If I get the drives out and check for the manufacture date, is it correct that I do not need to firmware flash these if the date is after 12.2010? Seeing as I bought them in June 2011 is it likely that the date is after 12.2010? What do I do if there is no date, as posted by others above?
I guess the only thing to do is to get them out and check...
My smart control shows all drives' "Bus" as being raid. Is this correct? Does changing this to IDE solve the problem?
What about disabling write caching? Will this completely remove the issue? From what I've read all that does is supposedly slow down transfer times but in reality (reading a post somewhere) the transfer time didn't change much - I can live with this if it fully solves the issue, though I understand it is not as permanent as firmware flashing.
I remember having several "boot from..." issues before when a friend was helping to improve/change the PC before. He doesn't live here now so I'm not keen on running into the same problems without his help, hence looking to avoid booting from USB if possible. Could maybe try the CD boot if absolutely necessary, though need a CD
Also, I didn't quite fully understand why drives "manufactured before 10.2010 are junk", can these not be flashed as well?
My first port of call will be to get the drives back out and to check the dates but depending on the date I definitely do not know what I'm supposed to do. Not sure if this means they will need to be flashed, they will not need to be flashed or if it is advisable to just flash them anyway as a precaution.
Has it been confirmed yet that this F4EG flash works 100% and is 100% permanent?
It's bed time for me now so I'll get the drives out asap and will be back on to check advice
Any help is much appreciated. I may be running a fairly basic system but the data is important and due to running several drives I definitely want to use smart monitoring to keep an eye on temperatures just in case. I can follow step by step instructions but was really expecting a simple plug and play with these drives, so right now I'm not sure what my best course of action is.