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Message started by xertech on Jun 10th, 2005 at 5:33pm

Title: need recommendation for quiet hard drive
Post by xertech on Jun 10th, 2005 at 5:33pm
I purchased a WD3000JB and I can definitely hear it spinning.  Since I need a "silent" hard drive, I was wondering if the Seagate ST3300831A-RK 300GB was as loud.  Any advice will be appreaciated.

TIA

Title: Re: need recommendation for quiet hard drive
Post by Rad on Jun 10th, 2005 at 10:31pm
I don't think there exists such an animal as a "silent" hard drive. If it moves, it makes noise. But some are quieter than others.

5400rpm hard drives make less noise than 7200rpm hard drive, which are quieter than 10,000rpm hard drives, etc.

So get a HDD with a slower spindle.

I also think Seagate drives are the quietest.

But you should go to the StorageReview site, where they actually measure drive noise:

http://www.storagereview.com/comparison.html

Make your own comparisons, and let me know what you decide.

Title: Re: need recommendation for quiet hard drive
Post by scorpious on Aug 3rd, 2005 at 4:19am
My original 40GB hdd is as quiet as a mouse even when seeking and it's a WD,now i also have a 200GB Maxtor as strange as it is if i install it in the external case it's quiet as ,yet if i put it in the comp it is a lot noisier when it seeks,as for when it's just spinning there is only slight noise just like the original so i assume both are oil cushioned bearings,well the maxtor definatley is,there are two options you have me thinks,the cheapest option turn on your stereo or if space allows put the tower in a suitably sized cabinet and make breather holes .  ;)

Title: Re: need recommendation for quiet hard drive
Post by toNka on Aug 8th, 2005 at 6:15am
Samsung Spinpoints are very quiet.
If you really want to quiet things you need to dampen or suspend the HDD.
Go to:
http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewforum.php?f=7&sid=ee3e18c0992405418da1e8e9dc21c924
or
http://www.silentpcreview.com/section14.html
That's a website that specializes in quieting computers.
Allthe information you could possibley want to know about the subject can be found there.
I'm an SPCR geek myself.
;)

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