Sky HD - Hard Disk Replacement and Acoustic Management Question

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  1. space--coyote

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    The hard drive in my Sky HD box has been clicking when spinning up an down for about 6 months. Although it has been working okay I decided to replace it with a Samsung Spinpoint HD501HI (500Gb Green HD).

    I spent some time with the specs of the original Maxtor drive versus the Samsung drive and despite the Samsung being a 5,400 RPM performance is comparable; transfer speed, seek and latency

    Regarding the acoustic management features of the drive though. My understanding is that they effectively slow the drive down and I was wondering if this might affect the performance?

    Any pointers would be gratefully received.
     
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    Well the upgrade went fine, all working and lots of space.

    Decided against playing with the acoustic management in the end.

    Interestingly, the hard drive that came out of the Sky HD was a Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3000JS. 7,200 RPM, 8MB Cache. Was expecting a Maxtor.
     
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    Simple decision, if noise isn't a problem with the new drive don't worry about it. I did have a really noisy Seagate drive but you can't AAM them quieter due to an old lawsuit so I replaced it with a WD and it didn't need any AAM, it's silent.
     
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    Just a quick update.

    So far the new drive is working fine, quiet and playback is smooth, plus the box is running a lot cooler.

    Really happy with it. Wish I'd done it ages ago.
     

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