Any Recommendations for a QUIET External Firewire 800 Drive?

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  1. numbersyx macrumors 65816

    numbersyx

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    As per the title, I need a quiet FW 800 drive. I currently have a MyBook Pro 500 GB which sounds like a dishwasher whenever it's in operation. I've had to stop using Time Machine because it's so annoying....
     
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    IcyDock makes a fanless fw800 enclosure, pair that up with your own hard drive and you're good to go... look for it on www.newegg.com.
     
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    OWC Firewire

    I put a Maxtor Maxline Pro III inside an OWC case -- the case is fanless.

    The setup is pretty quiet.
     
  6. benpatient macrumors 68000

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    another vote for a fanless (or quietly fanned) enclosure.

    I also have a 500 GB mybook pro, and I also find it annoying that an external hard drive is louder than my mac pro.
     
  7. MikeDTyke macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same drive, same bugbear. I found when i put little rubber feet on it, to lift it off the desk, it makes it a lot quieter. ie. most of the noise was vibration related. In my case i had some left over traction dots, clear rubber hemispheres with a stick back that i use on my snowboard, but any rubber feet should help.

    M.
     
  8. numbersyx thread starter macrumors 65816

    numbersyx

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    Let me know how it goes. I might order the same thing...
     
  9. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    That is True but does this drive let you put you own HD in it, or is it a closed case design? I like the G5 look, and would like to get a drive which has this 'look', but want one that i would be able to upgrade drives with in the future.

    This is the one i am looking at so far: OWC Mercury™ Elite-AL Pro

    With this one you can also just buy the enclosure, it is on the bottom right of the linked page.
     

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