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Advice on a nice quiet Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by lscolman, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. lscolman

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    Hi,

    I've been advised that the Seagate Barracuda range for Hard Drives are quite quiet. Before I purchase, is anyone able to confirm or advise on any other makes I should consider?

    Cheers, Lee
     
  2. rhinoman

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    Samsung spinpoints are quieter than the barracudas, they dont make them massive though. Generally speaking the more platters the more noise. Dabs have 80gb for under £40.
     
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    Thats the one I have in my HTPC, its been sat quietly in the corner for a few months now. My desk PC's have barracudas but the inviroment is noisier so its not so critical. silentpcreveiw.com compared them and the Samsung came out on top.
     
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    The new Seagate 7200.8's are supposed to be muchos muchos quiet.
     
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    The spinpoints are much quieter than the 7200.7 barracudas, ive not tried the 7200.8

    Seagate drives dont have any acoustic management, I tried 4 different drives in my htpc and ended up with the 160GB samsung spinpoint as it was simply the quiestest.
     
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    I must confess I could hardly hear the newest Seagate working it was so silent. Stay clear of Maxtors after my previous experience! :p
     
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    Having used both Spinpoints and new Seagates (with NCQ) recently, I can vouch for the latter.

    I have x4 200GB SATAs in a RAID0 array on a media server. They are very, very fast and almost totally silent. Whatever sound they make is virtually imperceptible unless you have your ear right next to the case. I also have x2 160GB Spinpoints, also in a RAID0 array, on my HCPC, and x2 more on my workstation; both sets really are completely silent.

    However, the x4 Spinpoints are RMA replacements for identical Spinpoint drives, which were all incredibly noisy. There was a constant high-pitched whine from each of them, even at idle. These 4 were maybe just from a bad batch!

    All in all, I would definitely go for Seagates, especially with their new 5 year guarantee, lightning speed and larger capacities. In the real world, there is virtually nothing in it acoustically IMHO.
     
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    Whats so bad with maxtors? I thought any drive with fluid bearings would be prett quiet. I was going to get a 200gb diamondmax 10 ncq drive, but now Im questioning it.
     
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    I have lots of maxtors (16 in one machine:D ) and they are not bad to start with but do get noisier with age, not close to the spinpoint or barracudas though.
     
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    I have dozens of maxtor drives, never let me down. The out of the box noise depends on the model, they all have acoustic management which makes a big difference as some have it set higher than others. If you use the IBM DOS app and lower the Acoustic level below 128, you can hardly hear them.

    I just got a diamondmax 10, it's a great drive. I also have a few 9's and maxlines.
     
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    Just got a 200Gb maxtor series 9 diamondmax for £60 at micro-direct ... nice & quiet and haven't even touched the acoustic settings yet :)
     

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