Quiet hard drives for Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by seanf, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. seanf macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    There seem to be no end of stories of noisy drives and amplified vibration noise in the Mac Pros, but does anyone have any drives they would recommend for a quiet setup?

    Thanks

    Sean :)
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Not many people aren't happy with their MP's HD noise, but happy people don't post about their quiet HD's...
     
  3. seanf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hence this thread ;)

    Sean :)
     
  4. DeadSirius macrumors member

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    I don't know of any dead silent hard drives, but I've been very comfortable with my Hitachi Deskstar 500 GB drive. Others may disagree.
     
  5. slughead macrumors 68030

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    My seagates were dead quiet until I put them into a RAID-0

    now they click simultaneously which makes the noise pretty loud
     
  6. Umbongo macrumors 601

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  7. seanf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I have already posted a thread on there asking for recommendations on low vibration drives. I have also checked out their recommended lists, but the only 3.5" drive they recommend is also stated as having a high level of vibration. As there's seemingly no good way of suspending the drives in the Pro this will be no good.

    Sean :)
     
  8. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -DeadSirius

    We hold a sh** load of silencing patents. Odds are best Hitachis in a head-to-head will always be quietest.

    'course, the Deskstar too have the spool-up noise, but read/write slider clicking is near gone.
     
  9. Jame macrumors newbie

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    I'm sure there will be plenty to dispute this, but i added 3 Western Digital 250 gig hard drives to my Mac Pro and have been very happy with them. My Mac Pro sets on my desk not more than a foot and a half from me and i can not hear any noise from them with all 4 drives spinning. At a hundred bucks a pop i am well pleased with their quietness and performances.

    I did notice some vib noise a couple of months ago, but it wasn't the drives, but a flaw in the Mac Pro mounting. After putting a couple pieces of card board in the right place all the vibration and noise went away.
     
  10. jsalbre macrumors newbie

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    What are "the right places?" I'm having some resonance noise myself but if I press my hand against any part of the case it goes away. I suppose I could figure it out by trial and error, but if you've already done so it'd save me some time.
     

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