Better alternative than WD Black for a quiet system needing speed?

Hi all,

I currently have a 120GB SSD and a 1TB WD Green for Storage. I'm running out of space and want a new HDD to store my steam games. I'd like a faster drive than the WD Green as it is a little slow in game loading. SSDs are out of the question as I can't justify spending ~£400 just for quicker load times.

I was considering getting the WD Black 1TB WD1003FZEX.

My problem is that noise is a big consideration for me. My system currently runs extremely quiet and the loudest component in my pc is the vibration of the WD Green.

I've read that WD Blacks are very loud. Specs aren't very useful for noise, as manufacturers ignore vibration noise, so instead I'd like to know what any owners think.

Would the WD Black be too loud for a quiet system, and if so is there a better candidate for a fast drive that stays quiet?

Thanks!
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  1. You could consider getting a WD Red, they aren't as fast as Blues or Blacks but are faster than Greens. They are designed for NAS storage which is good should you ever decide to RAID.
  2. The reviews show this guy being pretty quiet, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AT0V63376
  3. You could try a Seagate SSHD but I'd take any WD over Seagate anyday, even if it's a bit slower.
  4. Perhaps you can get away with a WD black and use rubber washers/grommets to mount the drive with.
  5. burdenbound said:
    The reviews show this guy being pretty quiet, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AT0V63376


    Er, thanks, but from what I've heard the velociraptor is louder and hotter than the big bang. I'm assuming you're trolling.

    Anonymous said:


    Thanks for the suggestion. Can you hear the drive seeking in your system?
  6. jimmy dreambeard said:
    burdenbound said:
    The reviews show this guy being pretty quiet, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AT0V63376


    Er, thanks, but from what I've heard the velociraptor is louder and hotter than the big bang. I'm assuming you're trolling.

    Anonymous said:


    Thanks for the suggestion. Can you hear the drive seeking in your system?


    lol no I wasn't trolling, I have never personally used a raptor and I assumed it would be loud but I was looking at the reviews for it on newegg and every one said it was quiet so I figured I would link it. If you know it to be loud then go with what others are suggesting.
  7. jimmy dreambeard said:
    burdenbound said:
    The reviews show this guy being pretty quiet, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AT0V63376


    Er, thanks, but from what I've heard the velociraptor is louder and hotter than the big bang. I'm assuming you're trolling.

    Anonymous said:


    Thanks for the suggestion. Can you hear the drive seeking in your system?

    No I cannot. My psu fan makes more noise than the HDD.

    Yogi
  8. burdenbound said:
    jimmy dreambeard said:
    burdenbound said:
    The reviews show this guy being pretty quiet, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AT0V63376


    Er, thanks, but from what I've heard the velociraptor is louder and hotter than the big bang. I'm assuming you're trolling.

    Anonymous said:


    Thanks for the suggestion. Can you hear the drive seeking in your system?


    lol no I wasn't trolling, I have never personally used a raptor and I assumed it would be loud but I was looking at the reviews for it on newegg and every one said it was quiet so I figured I would link it. If you know it to be loud then go with what others are suggesting.


    Haha, fair enough. Well thanja for trying to help anyway :)
  9. I have a pair of Seagates 3tb drive under testing for use in my home server and when I first installed them I was surprised at how quiet they are. Mine were made in china and have the -1ch166 after the model number on the drives label so these aren't the ones known to sometimes start squealing either.
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