A silent external HD?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by manosaurus, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. manosaurus macrumors 6502

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    I am looking for an external HD with FW 400 and 800. Can anyone recommend a very, very quiet external? I'll be recording audio tracks to the external and I am workoing with condenser mics so I need something that's pretty damn close to noiseless. I have been looking at the LaCie d2 series so far but have read mixed opinions as to its noise level. I'm looking to spend around $150. Storage capacity doesn't matter as long as it's at least 100GB. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    The reviews at Silent PC Review are worth a look. For quiet, I've been consistently happy with Samsung P80 drives, but you'll want to check the specs on individual models because it's not as simple as "brand X is quieter than brand Y". Combine with a fanless enclosure that includes rubber internal mounts.

    In exchange for quiet, you often will sacrifice some seek speed. That's iffy for any kind of media streaming, but you can compensate by wiping the drive before you begin. Notebook (2.5") drives are quieter than desktops (3.5"), but with higher cost and a larger speed penalty.
     
  3. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have any reputable data at all to back up that claim? I've found fan failure to be a major source of drive and enclosure failure.
     
  5. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    What? Well, heat = failure for hard drives. This is common sense. So if the fan fails, then I guess the drive would overheat and fail.

    Any hard drive needs to operate at a proper temp. This goes for a drive inside your case as well as an external drive. A fan cooling the hard drive will keep it at an appropriate operating temp so it will not fail, and is pretty much a requirement if you are going to use a drive for heavy reading/writing on a daily basis.

    And the fan in a Glyph enclosure is not going to fail, btw. Glyph hard drives are the industry standard for both audio production and video. They are the only firewire drives officially certified for use by Pro Tools, and are used in every major studio in the US. This is not some cheap little external enclosure from wal-mart.

    Here is the blurb from Pro Tools:

    http://www.digidesign.com/index.cfm?navid=54&itemid=23114

    "Please Note:

    * Hard drives using the Oxford 924 chipset interface have FW800, FW400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports on them. (In our testing, Digidesign qualified Glyph GT Series Hard Drives with the Oxford 924 chipset)"

    Or read on the Glyph website for more info about their drives.
     
  6. manosaurus thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the replies guys!

    The Glyph HD looks like a very fine choice but I am not exactly a pro so I can't justify the high expense for that drive.

    I think I may go with a G-Drive. Anyone here have any experience with them? I know I can look up reviews and such but I thought I'd see if anyone here had a comment.

    Thanks again!
     
  7. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The noise difference between 3.5 and 2.5 is major, and extended read/write operations generate much less heat (requiring less cooling in an array which will recover some of the lost I/O speed).

    Just thought I'd throw that in there.
     
  8. Fini macrumors newbie

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    The G-Drives are great and are silent for the most part. They use a Hitachi drive that actually has some nice numbers in terms of speed and reliability. The Glyph drive is excellent and uses Seagate drives primarily.

    I wouldn't feel bad about getting the G-Drive at all.
     

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