Very quiet hard drives?

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  1. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    I need an ATA66-compatible 3.5" drive of any size, RPM of 5400 or 7200 doesn't really matter.

    Just has to be quiet. Any suggestions?
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Seagate Barracudas are known for their quietness. I have 4 of them in my PC right now, and they are a LOT more quiet than the system drive (which is a Hitachi, I believe). Nice drives, quiet, and if you get a new one - 5 year warranty.
     
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    My 7200rpm Hitachi is very loud. Its very fast, but if sound is your main concern then avoid it. I have a 5400rpm Fujitsu which is very quiet (and cheap).
    The seagates have a good reputation (reliable, quiet).
     
  4. netdog macrumors 603

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    I second the vote for Seagate Barracudas. Quiet, reliable and a great warranty. Get a fanless case for it, like an Icy Box, and you are good to go.
     
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    Put a notebook drive in with a 3.5" adapter (bracket + IDE converter). They're a lot quieter.
     
  6. Allotriophagy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies. Do you have any model numbers for these drives?
     
  7. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=7

    Check this forum.

    The current Baracudas aren't as silent as they were, Samsung spinpoints currently have the silent crown I believe. I think the WD drives are also better regarded than Seagate's desktop offerings currently.
     
  8. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    The Seagates I'm using are the 7200.10's, the perpendicular recording ones. I personally find them really quiet, I couldn't tell they were on initially, until I put my hands on them to feel the vibration!
     
  9. Audiocream macrumors newbie

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    The new Hitachi wih 1 TB storage capacity is the quietest drive up to date.
    It is the best drive imo on the market. 32 MB Cache almost as fast as the raptor from western digital and very noiseless. As a pro musician i can recommend this beast.
     
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    Is that even out yet? I mean, do you have it, or are you just repeating what they've said it's going to be like?
     
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    I suppose it depends on how quiet you need this to be, but a notebook drive would definitely be quieter than any of the other mentioned drives. It's also cooler running, which means the system as a whole requires less cooling.
     
  13. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Check for single platter Samsung drives. One of the quietest around. Seagates USED to be quiet back in the Barracuda IV and V line, but aren't as good as they used to be - especially with the annoying diagnostic chatter that they make every minute.
     
  14. Allotriophagy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :rolleyes:
     

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