27" iMac, who makes your drive (particularly 2TB drives) and is it noisy

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Scott6666, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Trying to see which drives are quiet and which are noisy.

    Please list size, maker, and if noisy or not.

    I'll start:

    1TB, WD, low buzzy, vibration-like sound. Most noticeable when NOT accessing data. Bad enough to return it. No clicks or drive parking noises though.
  2. TheBearman macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    Cary, NC
    2TB Hitachi. No problems, no noise.... at least not yet.
  3. anywhere08 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2009
    I seem to be getting a lot of noise from my fan. Is that normal?:confused:
  4. Scott6666 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Not in my experience. The fans should dead silent (my experience with the C2D), each at about 1000rpm.

    Try installing iStat to see what speed they're running at; also open the activity monitor to see if you have one core running full out (it's a airport connector bug).
  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Same HD's as the last model with high failure rate.
  6. anywhere08 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2009
    Optical Drive: 3414 rpm
    Hard Drive: 1097
    CPU Fan: 3861 rpm

    thats not normal, is it? and how low should it be? how can i make it slower? thanks for the help
  7. googdot macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2005
    Aotearoa...Land Of The Long White Cloud
    Not true. The 2TB Hitachi 7200RPM drive was announced in August 2009 and has only been available (retail) for a couple of months.
  8. jzn21 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2008
    OK, I just made a extensive research and came out by the Samsung Spinpoint F2 5400 rpm drives. I have chosen the 1 TB one: the HD 103 SI

    This drive is almost inaudible! I have this one currently in my Mac and it's a pleasure for my ear. I am very very selective. I swapped this one for a stock Hitachi which sounded too loud for me.

    I have compared many reviews and was active at the silentpcreview.com forum.

    The good news is that there is 1,5 TB Spinpoint F2 available, but if that one is just as silent as the 1 TB variant?

    An SSD is ideal for sound and speed, but you will miss the space...
  9. Scott6666 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Some more results please....

    Surely some of your new iMacs came with hard drives didn't they? :D

    Whaddaya got? Or was I the only one who got a noisy one? I would like to know if this is common or rare.
  10. Scott6666 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Very not normal. Exchange.
  11. Besk one macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2009
    2TB Hitachi HDS722020ALA330

    Not noisy at all, my fans all sit at about 900 - 1000 rpm, even after 10 straight hours of data transfer from my old MacPro
  12. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    There are reports (AppleInsider.com's review) that the new 27" iMacs use hard drives with temperature sensors, and they say if you are going to upgrade the drive you need to use the same manufacturer as your existing drive so that it has the same temperature sensor design (i.e. if your iMac came with a WD drive, then you have to replace it with a WD drive).
  13. weeyao macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2008

    Did you upgrade the drive yourself? Or bought it with the 2TB option?

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