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New quietest hard disk for HTPC's - Seagate Barracuda V

Rob.Screene

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I just noticed that although Seagate's Barracuda IV 80GB drive was easily the quietest available, their newly reviewed Barracuda V 120GB drive appears to be a full 3.5db even quieter and looks to be available in UK/Europe now.

This sounds like a must-have for new HTPC's, TIVO or SKY+ upgrades!

Here's UK suppliers I noticed for this and the previous, still very quiet drive:-

Seagate Barracuda V 120GB (ST3120023A) - dabs.com £116+VAT

Seagate Barracuda IV 80Gb (ST380021A) - ebuyer.com £77+VAT

Looks like there's no premium price/GB for the newer quieter drive.

See storeagereview.com review (page 6; noise readings): http://www.storagereview.com/articles/200210/20021014ST3120023A_6.html

Rob.
 

Jeff

Well-known Member
Rob,

My HTPC is uses a solid state HD but I was thinking of getting one to replace the now noisy HD in my Sky Plus box. Do you know what the process is to perform this upgrade? Do you simply replace the disk.

Jeff
 

Rob.Screene

Active Member
Yeah, I'm still wondering how you got a Win9X install under 256MB and what the swapfile useage is doing to that flash memory lifetime!

Sorry Jeff, I've no experience of Barracudas nor Sky+ upgrades.
There was some talk here recently of such things though.

regards,
Rob.
 

Jeff

Well-known Member
What swapfile? :) Actually I still have about 100MB free :)
 

Garrett

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Western Digital are doing some HD with 8mb of memory onboard to speed transfer of data and I think it uses quiet technology they may also have a 3 year manufactures guarantee. This on the drives that the code end in JB.
 

Rob.Screene

Active Member
I assume the JB's are the same noise levels as the BB models.

The Western digital 120GB is on the chart as 9.3db louder. I have a 100GB BB and a 120GB JB and they are not silent, just not really clattery!

They are however very, very fast! Still that's probably not the most important thing for a music/films pc.

So, combine this with a fanless Radeon 9000 and a Engleking AP2-6300SFC-A, Verax FSP300-60ATV, Chieftec HPC-420-302-DF or Zalman ZM300A-APF psu and you'd probably only hear the DVD-ROM and CPU fans!

cheers,
Rob.
 

reggs

Standard Member
Jeff, have you had your SKY+ box more than a year?
If not, phone SKY and they'll replace the whole unit dirve and all. They replaced mine at 11 months. It had been noisy for about 10.
BTW - Unfortunately, it appears as though you can only upgrade the harddrive in SKY+ boxes to other Maxtor hard drives. I have a 120G'er in mine. The old :), 40G is now in my HTPC.
 

General Skanky

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The Sept 2002 issue of Home Theater magazine did a full spread article on changing a Tivo HDD.
 

Garrett

Moderator
Originally posted by Rob.Screene
I assume the JB's are the same noise levels as the BB models.

The Western digital 120GB is on the chart as 9.3db louder. I have a 100GB BB and a 120GB JB and they are not silent, just not really clattery!

They are however very, very fast! Still that's probably not the most important thing for a music/films pc.

So, combine this with a fanless Radeon 9000 and a Engleking AP2-6300SFC-A, Verax FSP300-60ATV, Chieftec HPC-420-302-DF or Zalman ZM300A-APF psu and you'd probably only hear the DVD-ROM and CPU fans!

cheers,
Rob.
For some figures on noise and heat go here http://www.storagereview.com/welcom...w.com/articles/200201/20020124WD1200JB_1.html
 

Garrett

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