20 Most Recent Samsung SpinPoint P120 SP2514N 250 GB IDE Hard Drive Questions & Answers

Why Disk Fragments a problem?

Any storage action on the magnetic disk like creating, deleting, moving, updating and copying files will lead to fragmentation and consequent performance loss. As time goes by, this accumulation of fragments on your hard disk becomes bigger and bigger. As the hard disk reads and merges these separate fragments every time you open a file, they will eventually cause problems such as system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startup and shutdown, and will even shorten the life span of your hard drive. That is why defragmentation is so important for your entire computer system.

Advanced Defrag – The better and easier defrag solution!

You may find various defrag programs in the market, they may look the same, but many of them lack of ability to
effectively defrag all the MFT (Master File Table), they will automatically skip certain system files with extensions
such as DLL, INI, COM etc during the defragment thus left remnant fragments after each defragment action, it can
also easily get halted while defragging which is very user-unfriendly.

Advanced Defrag rectified all the cons above from these defragmenters, and the efficiency is even better. Its advanced
defragment arithmetic not only enables you to fast defrag, but also defrag completely and thoroughly. If you would
like to give your PC hard disk a completely care and experience the most efficient defrag technology, Advanced
Defrag is the perfect choice for you.

How it works?

Your hard disk controls a magnetic head which searches the areas where the parts of the required file are located,
reads the data and transfers these fragments to the disk cache or EMS memory. The time this takes is called the
average seek time. The average seek time of most hard drives is less than 9.5 millisecond. The Advanced Defrag
program is able to collect the various fragments of each file and store them very quickly into contiguous space on
the hard disk which greatly reduces the seek time of the magnetic head. Better file reading and writing speed is
provided as a result. It does make a difference if you have got used to work and play with a fast and smooth system.
It also helps to prevent premature hard drive problems and retrieve the data in the event of a drive crash.
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Samsung... | Answered on May 30, 2019

Seriously? When data recovery companies open up a hard drive, they do it in a clean room to protect the disks. The heads on the arms float so close to the disk surface that a speck of dust can get stuck and scratch the surface. If you bent the "reader tabs", that means you have already experienced multiple head crashes.
Also, the base of the arm is a powerful magnet, if the disk comes in contact with this, it will wipe the data.
Even if you do everything perfectly, just putting the disks into another drive will not work unless you get the same drive and sometimes, the firmware version even matters. Unless the drive is compatible, it will try to read data in the wrong locations.

Samsung... | Answered on Mar 05, 2017

Your hard drive may have two partitions, the first partition configured as 150Gb and the remainding 100Gb partition may not be set up and formatted.
The jumper settings may be printed on the label on the hard drive.
No jumpers are required for a Slave drive.

Samsung... | Answered on Jul 01, 2011

If your using an external drive case, the jumper pins should be set at "single". If that doesn't work you can try moving the jumper till the drive shows up, or use no jumper at all. If it still doesn't work after trying all jumper positions or no jumper then the drive could be bad. Make sure to power off the drive before changing the jumper.

Samsung... | Answered on Feb 15, 2011

That should be a EIDE hard drive with a wide ribbon cable as the data connector.
If you have been working on the system, prior to installing windows, it is possible that the connectoe at either end of the cable has been pulled slightly loose.
Make sure it is pushed in properly at both ends.
If that does not work, remove and replace each end several times.
Try a new data cable if you have one.

Similarly check the power connector.
If it is loose, try another if you have one that will reach.
Inspect the plug.
If any of the Circular sleeves that connect with the pins on the drive seem larger than the others, tighten them with a pair of long nosed pliers.
Possibly tighten them all, but not so much that you can't connect the plug.
You could check the power plug has borh 5 +/- 0.25 and 12V +/- 0.5V on it.
If not the power supply is suspect.

I have been known to forget to plug in the power connector, or either end of the data cable.

If the drive has been working recently and has been bolted in the machine, one of the above may help.

If the drive is a new installation, the jumpers on the drive may be set wrong.
There is usually a sticker on the drive with information on Jumper settings.
For a single drive it should be set on Master.
The setting on the CDdrive has to be correct also. It should be on slave.if on the same ribbon cable.

You do not need drivers for the drive, that is all done bu the Motherboard Bios.

You do not have to wait until Windows install can't find the drive.

You can get into the Bios setup page by pressing DEL during boot, and this advice may appear on the screen. Another variant is to press one of the function keys, as advised.

If the drive shows up in Bios you should have no further problems.

The success of the above presumes the drive it self is not faulty.

Samsung... | Answered on Feb 02, 2011

What you can do is go to Start-Run, type in CMD and hit Enter. Then, if you have only one hard drive partition and one DVD, type this
chkdsk /f e:
chkdsk is a command-line disk checking utility, the /f string stands as "scan and fix" instruction. The last letter (e:) is the Samsung's drive letter.
I had a similar problem with 1.5TB hard drive and the CHKDSK procedure fixed some partition parameters.
If this doesnt help, use the Easeus free partition recovery tool. It helped me on numerous ocasions. Install it and run the Partition Recovery procedure and just follow through the steps, they're pretty self-explanatory.

Samsung... | Answered on Jan 14, 2011

Yes the two hard drive cylinders crashed together making the drive dead.

Samsung... | Answered on Nov 04, 2010


Thank you for your query

Unfortunatley if it is dead i.e. there is no power going to it then you will not be able to recover the data as there is no way of reading it

I hope this helps

Samsung... | Answered on Jun 07, 2010

I'm having a similar problem with the same Akasa integral enclosure, so far I have tried 3 different hard disks and not one of them will work properly and on two different computers.. , all of the hard disks I've tried are Samsung .. but I'm sure that makes no difference. I plan to send back the enclosure to where I bought it from and get a different one from a different manufacturer.

Samsung... | Answered on Mar 08, 2010


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Samsung... | Answered on Feb 05, 2010

What's happening is that there's no windows formatting on the hard drive as it is part of your Video Recorder. So the only other option that I'm aware of (although I'm sure there a thousands of other options) is to download Slax Linux Boot CD (follow the link below) and boot into Linux. Linux is able to read drives in RAW format and doesn't need all the formatting stuff that windows needs. Then you should be able to copy the desired files from the hard drive onto whatever drive you want on your PC. Let me know how this goes.


Samsung... | Answered on May 07, 2009

its a fact of life, thought the total storage capacity may be 260, only 250 or so is usable. any less than that i would worry about the drive but if its around 250 or 240 i wouldnt be worried

Samsung... | Answered on May 02, 2009

hi there this is because of  unpartitioned disk space i.e, you wouldnt have partitioned rest of the memory while installing OS you would have only partitioned only 130gb tat is the reason it shows tat much :)

u create a partion then u will be able to use memory for its fullest :)

Samsung... | Answered on May 02, 2009

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