quiet hard drives

Please offer me some advice/experience/recommendations on fairly quiet hard drives. I'm building a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and need minimal noise.

Looking to install 2 internal hard drives of 250gb or 320gb sata

No SSD and no SCSI

thanks!
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  1. Most of the 7200 RPM drives will be quite. The WD Caviar Drive are quite I have 2 250 in a RAID0 and they are quiter then the 3 Seagate 7200.10 drives I have in a RAID0.

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  2. My Seagate 500gb drives are quiet. I swear I can't hear them at all over the case fans in my Antec 900 :pt1cable:
  3. i have a seagate barracuda 7200.11 500GB hard drive, and it's very quiet. hard drives actually have adjustable acoustics levels. my old dell computer had an option in the bios to adjust the hard drive acoustics mode to either silent, balanced, or performance, and the difference between the 3 is huge. on silent, it literally was silent. but you don't need to have this option in your bios for it to work. HDD inspector and im sure several other programs can adjust the acoustics mode from within windows.
  4. The recent seagate and maxtors i picked up were far more clicky and louder than the WD 500 gb 7200 rpm drives i got, but you can't beat the Caviar GP drives, 5400 rpms, theres barely a noise coming from under my desk.
  5. Well... the Western Digital harddrive which is at 320GB is fairly quiet, although the 500GB is even more quiet.

    So go for Western Digital, that's my opinion.
  6. Also look at this: http://www.storagereview.com/php/benchmark/suite_v4.php?typeID=10&testbedID=4&osID=6&raidconfigID=1&numDrives=1&devID_0=315&devID_1=281&devCnt=2

    (It's a head to head comparison between the two WD drives when the noise has been measured)
  7. nate313 said:
    Please offer me some advice/experience/recommendations on fairly quiet hard drives. I'm building a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and need minimal noise.

    Looking to install 2 internal hard drives of 250gb or 320gb sata

    No SSD and no SCSI

    thanks!

    I am using a WD Caviar 500gig Green Drive and its more quiet than my seagate barracuda 7200, a bit cooler too and i dont see much of a performance issue difference between the 2 either.
  8. Thanks all! Just what I was looking for too. Been looking for noise level stats on WD7501AALS Caviar Black 750GB as I plan to do some video as well as audio editing on my machine - haven't found it yet.
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