Can you recommend a SILENT external hard disk?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Akarin, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Akarin macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2011
    Nyon, Switzerland
    Hi all,

    I'm looking to buy an external HD for my Mac mini, USB, powered or not. My requirements are these:

    • it would be constantly on for weeks
    • it should have at least 1 TB
    • it needs to be USB
    • it should absolutely not vibrate or produce any noise

    So far, I have had WD and Samsung external drives but they all vibrate quite a bit and the background noise produced by that is driving me nuts while I work in a quiet environment. Most reviews and tests I could read don't tell if the drive is silent so I was wondering if any of you is using one that would fit my needs.

    Thank you.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    What's your budget? Any platter-based drive will be noisy. You're going to have to get an SSD for something really quiet.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  4. drsox, Jan 3, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012

    drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    Have a look at the best Website for Quiet PC stuff : Silent PC Review. See :

    If you can't find an answer in their recommended section, then pose the question in the forums. Lots of well-informed people are there to help.

    OR just find a better alternative of a small RAID NAS located in another room at the end of a GB LAN.

    If you must go with USB, then go with a 2.5in USB drive rather than a 3.5in version.
  5. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    I have not found any external drives that are completely silent or do not vibrate, but the Samsung M2 comes pretty close. It does vibrate slightly though, so you could place it on some foam type material.
  6. Akarin thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2011
    Nyon, Switzerland
    From the reviews I read, it seems like a quiet enough HD. I will try this one out.

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