Are the new 500GB iMac drives noisy or quiet?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Scott6666, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    It's been well documented in these forums that the 1TB drives make a lot of noise in the new iMacs.

    Can people with the 500GB drives let us know if they are silent like the old iMacs were?

    I need a silent iMac and are ready to buy IF the drives are quiet.
  2. FearlessFreep macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2008
    Northern Virginia, USA
    The one in my 21.5 iMac is super quiet. If I turn off everything, put my head to the screen maybe I can hear it. Otherwise, no.
  3. 929406 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    super quiet, no issues with my base model imac
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Hows the drive in your 27" iMac sound?
  5. Scott6666 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Has the "growling stomach" kind of sound when accessing. It's noticeable but not constant. The first one I had had a constant vibration so this is much better.

    I have an external 1TB which I use for time machine which I must admit is louder than the one in the iMac.

    The 27" is in an office so I don't care as much. The new one would go in the family room on an end table that has the front facing an easy chair and the back facing a couch. I just want to make sure that people on the couch do not have a hard drive grumbling in their ears. The 27" would not do in the family room.

    I would like to get the 24" with the ATI card but that forces me into the 1TB drive so I have stick with the base model. Not sure if the 9400 can handle the kids games but I'm hoping so.
  6. Bulldog3777 macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
  7. Ecoh macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009
    I have the Hitachi 2 TB drive and it is so silent I wonder if it is actually in there sometimes.
  8. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I have one of the quad machines (2nd one) that will go back for yellow.

    Both hard drives, 1 TBs on these 27-inchers have been quiet. I've never heard them. I only hear my external firewire drive which is 3x further from me than the Mac.

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