Most silent 2TB HDD?

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  1. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Excellent choice. I've got two of them in my Pro and I can't hear them at all (well I can't hear any of my Green drives to be specific). They replaced 2 1TB Black drives which drove me nuts because of the noise. They were the loudest part of the whole computer.
     
  3. strausd macrumors 68030

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    Same here. I got two 2TB Caviar Blacks which get annoying when music isn't on that are backed up to two 2TB Caviar Greens and I never hear them. They are a really good price too!
     
  4. SnoFlo macrumors regular

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    Well, gee, my 1TB Caviar Blacks are basically silent compared to a Hitachi 2TB drive I just put in: that Hitachi is LOUD.
     
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    I have both a couple WD Caviar Greens and Seagate Barracuda LPs; both are pretty quiet. I find the Seagates are a bit faster.
     
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    True.

    If you want quiet HDs, then WD Caviar Green, Seagate Barracuda LP or Samsung EcoGreen is your best choice. WD and Samsung are 5400rpm while Seagate is 5900rpm.

    Caviar Green is a great choice
     
  8. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Just ordered two 2Tb WD Greens :)

    Best of the bunch IMO and the cheapest here in the UK!
     
  9. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Where did you get yours? I saw Amazon dropping the price to 77 quid recently.
     
  10. 2contagious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all your replies :) I'll be ordering two 2TB WD Caviar Green HDDs from Amazon :)
    btw: Would having two 2TB WD Caviar Greens in Raid 0 make sense? ..to get speed at an acceptable noise level? :p
     
  11. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    No! Do a search on that drive and RAID 0 and you'll find the reason why.
    JohnG
     
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    Caviar Greens aren't very RAID friendly. As you're using them as backup and storage, you're better off without RAID as if one drive fails, all your data is lost.
     
  13. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    As I mentioned earlier I've got two WD20EARS in my Mac Pro in a software RAID 0.
    Running for 6 month now without any problem whatsoever.
    The noise level doesn't change at all, why should it?

    The hard drives in my Pro run constantly as I unchecked the option to let the system sleep hard drives after some time. It's a bummer to wait for hard drives to spin up (creates a beach ball).

    Recently WD chose to disable the option to enable TLER in the newer versions of the Greens, which might result that the (hardware) RAID controller drops the drive. With the old Green drives this wasn't a problem (WD20EADS) but in a software RAID you're fine even without TLER.
    As I said, no problem whatsoever.
     
  14. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Yea but utterly pointless :p

    I paid £78.15 ea for two delivered :)
     

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