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Quiet Hard Drives?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by PannyAdams, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. PannyAdams

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    I built my HTPC about a year ago and settled on 4 Seagate Barracuda 250gb 7200rpm Hard Drives to give my a terrabyte of storrage. I chose them because debate on these forums had them as the quietest most reliable disks on the market. They might be but they are certainly the loudest thing in my HTPC by far! I have tried several techniques to reduce the noise but have so far been disappointed.

    Now, every HD recorded I've ever come accross (Like my sky+ box) use 5400rpm disks - and I read on Tivo forums and the like people swapping there HDs for 7200rpm Samsung Spinpoints (which are supposed to be v quiet), but swapping them out for Maxtor 5400rpm disks "because of the constant drone". So I'm thinking about ditching the Seagates for Maxtor Maxline II 300gb 5400rpm 2mb buffer (5A300J0). Has anyone used these disks? Or got an opinion?

    Thanks

    Barry
     
  2. johnny

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    I cant hear my 2 Western Digital Caviar 320gig SATA drives in my hfx media pc, and i'm pretty anal about noise levels.
     
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    Samsung Spinpoint all the way, quietest by far! :smashin: :smashin:
     
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    another :thumbsup: for spinpoints
     
  5. PannyAdams

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    Spinpoints only go up to 160 tho :thumbsdow
     
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    Spinpoints

    Recently bought 4x250gb ones :D
     
  8. PannyAdams

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    Excellent. Would you describe them as silent? or just quiet? I'm kinda anal about noise!
     
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    I'd say very very very quiet for the spinpoints, got a 250 gig and its so quiet I have to actually touch the case to even know it's workin.
     
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    id say silent for the spinpoints got 3 200g in the lounge htpc and you cant hear them over the top of 2 slow 80mm case fans running at 5v (read almost silent setup) ;)
     
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    Spinpoints are great.

    One thing to remember though is the method of installation can make a big difference to the noise.
    Mount them in a 5 1/4 drive bay with some rubber drive mounts and you'll be amazed how much quieter they are once their vibrations are isolted from the case. If you don't have the room for thie then use some rubber/silicone gromets/washer, or on trick I found works well is to mount a strip of foam (some of that thin bink stuff that often comes with motherboards will do)down the sides of the drives inbetween the drive and the drivebay.
    Goood luck
     
  12. Mac1

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    may well be interested in a couple of the old drives if you decide to sell. Let me know
     
  13. PannyAdams

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    Here is the thread I started on reducing the noise in my PC:

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196922

    As you can see I go a bit further than rubber grommits!! :D

    Mac. The Baracudas will be up for grabs. As you can see from the date of this thread they are only 6 months old and have only been used to backup my DVD collection!

    I think I will order a 250gb spinpoint and try it for size first though - but Komplet are awaiting stock on them at the mo.

    Thanks for your help.

    Barry
     
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    make sure you let me know when thet are.

    Cheers
     
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    I also have a pair of WD250GB SATA's in my MCE PC and they are very quiet. The fan on my graphics card make far more noise! Gonna have to sort that!
    Tone
     
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    If the Spinpoints are up to the job you've got first refusal Mac.
     
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    I've a Maxtor 10 SATA 300GB in my HTPC and it's very quiet (SilenX psu, zalman fanless radeon 9700 pro, zanmate on cpu fan, 80mm pabst case fan, fanless northbridge)

    I've also got 3x Maxtor 10 PATA 300GB's in a small media server and another Maxtor 10 SATA 300GB in a desktop. I've yet to have any problems or to hear them. I probably will do after writing this though!

    They certainly don't seem to be the nightmare the Maxtor 9 SATA's have been in the Dell entry level desktops on site. I know of about 5 failures in a 25 pc team.

    cheers,
    Rob.
     

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