[mythtv-users] WARNING: Samsung F4 owners / warning. Disable smartmontools

R. G. Newbury newbury at mandamus.org
Thu Dec 9 17:12:38 UTC 2010

On 12/09/2010 05:12 AM, Jean-Yves Avenard wrote:
> On 9 December 2010 21:09,<f-myth-users at media.mit.edu>  wrote:
>>     >  Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 11:23:01 -0500
>>     >  From: John Drescher<drescherjm at gmail.com>
>>     >  It is now known that the samsung F4 has a buggy firmware that causes
>>     >  64 sectors of data to randomly be discarded from the write cache when
>>     >  an ATA command to identify the device is executed during a disk write.
>>     >  I have 3 F4 and I have verified that the issue does exist on my
>>     >  drives. Samsung is aware of this bug and is working on a fix.
>>     >  http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/wiki/SamsungF4EGBadBlocks
>> The URL above now reports that [1] points at a firmware fix.  Assuming
>> you fight through the atrocious English, has anyone here tried the new
>> firmware?  (Gosh, that was quick, all things considered.)
> Great, so now where can I find a DOS bootable media that will allow my
> to flash my drives?

CNet has a free DOS-on-USB download here: 

It can probably be done from a virtualized Win environment provided you 
plug in the USB stick before launching the virtual.


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