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April 21, 2007 6:51:48 AM

Who makes quiet, reliable hard drives? Maxtor, Seagate ...

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April 21, 2007 7:13:40 AM

In my opinion, Hitatchi has quite drives, fast too and last long.

Just bought 320mb Seagate 7200.10 perpendicular reading technology drive. It is louder than my 160GB hitatchi(2 years old).

Well, I don't find the sounds annoying though, I won't notice the sound when there is music or sounds from my portable fan. Haven't annoyed by the sound coming from hard drives yet.

Check this page.

http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q2/barracuda-7200.10/...

It seems like Cavier 16 from western digital is very quiet.
April 26, 2007 5:43:57 PM

I just added a 500Gb WD5000AAKS to my system, and I'm amazed at how quiet this drive is. I mean, WOW, kinda quiet.

I also have WD3200's and a WD1200 and a WD2500; but the new 500Gb is bar far the quietest drive I've ever used.

In my opinion, any of the newest WD drives 400Gb or 500Gb are going to be pretty darn quiet.

If it gets loud, or hot, then it's a bad drive.

Just my $.02.
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April 27, 2007 3:05:13 AM

I had a 7200.9 Seagate drive that was pretty quiet, in my opinion Samsung drives are the quietest, but aren't very good in other aspects.


If you want REALLY quiet, look into 2.5" drives.
April 27, 2007 3:20:14 AM

If you want to find a variety of QUIET drives specifically tuned to reduce noise and to stream data efficiently check with weakknees.com. They are focused on TIVO but their drives are quiet, reliable and tuned to order.
April 27, 2007 3:31:34 AM

samsung get top marks for there silence. Something in the t series are good

http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDrive/SpinPoint...

They however aren't as high performance as some. There random access times are slow. However there sustained read and write rates are very good.

I have a HD400 in a silentmaxx enclosure and although its the loudest part of my system (mostly passive cooled) it is very very quiet and in most systems would not even be heard
April 27, 2007 4:01:03 AM

Be aware the Seagate 500GB SATA (ST3500630AS) is the noisiest drive I have heard in my life. Just read the reviews about it on the newegg link. The spindle motor is silent, it is the seeking that is noisy. True story: my Dad was within vicinity of my new build and commented it was raining outside and I said, "no that's my hard drive!" The other thing is Vista seems to always be busy accessing the drive so it is somewhat constant. This would definitely not be the drive for you if you have a machine on the desktop or are going for an ultra quiet build. I would recommend reading all the newegg reviews for the drive before purchase.

Another thing to consider is some drives like the Seagate mentioned above do not do native command queuing (NCQ)! I would have thought any big, new SATA 3g drive would have it and got burned when I found out it does not.

Because I have such high regard for Seagate, I got caught with my guard down when I quickly opted for their drive.
April 27, 2007 4:50:30 AM

I've disabled all the indexing on my hard drives on Vista. I'm not the type to be constantly looking for lost/misplaced files so this is a feature I don't use. Less access --> less work --> less noise.

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April 27, 2007 5:41:07 PM

According to Seagate's homepage and product description you're wrong about your drive not supporting NCQ.

Perhaps it's your MB or controller board that doesn't support NCQ.

500GB Product details

500GB Info page
April 28, 2007 5:04:30 AM

Hey Anosh, that is interesting. I was going off the Seagate "Key Features and Benefits" where the ST3500630AS that I have makes no mention of NCQ yet the ST3500630NS does (both are 500GB SATA drives).

Is there a way I can tell if the drive really has NCQ under Vista? I will post the results here.
April 28, 2007 10:40:47 PM

follow your own ST3500630AS link and click the "Technical Specifications" tab where it similar to the ST3500630NS says:

"PERFORMANCE
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Native Command Queuing: Y"

Unfortunately I don't know how to check for NCQ under Vista.
April 29, 2007 3:53:11 AM

No HDD will ever be quieter than a SSD. No HDD will ever match the performance of a SSD. Unfortunately, SSD's storage capacity is still quite limited in comparison but if you get a 32GB SSD for your OS and applications (using a HDD for storage) you'll be golden. For the storage HD, no need to go crazy. Get something that will run quietly and last long. I prefer Seagate.

For the SSD:
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April 29, 2007 6:26:52 AM

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article617-page1.html

SPCR's recommended list:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article29-page1.html
...

Silent PC Review has effective info regarding your question. Their HD "soft" mounting tips will help you reduce vibration noise as well.

In the 320-500gb space, Seagate is slightly faster and WD is slightly "more quiet" ...paraphrasing an recent article. (from toms?, spcr?,...?)

Depending on what you are really looking for, you could always "suspend" a dependable notebook drive until SSD becomes more mainstream in cost and size.
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