nMP, quiet storage options?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ryan0751, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Ryan0751 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013
    My nMP is due any day this week. One thing I dislike about my setup right now is the noise from my external disk.

    I've got a G-Tech Thunderbolt RAID (two 2TB disks, striped RAID for speed, all backed up to Time Machine for reliability).

    It works nice, 270MB/s reads/write.

    But, you can hear the disks spinning. All the time.

    Anyone have any suggestions? I know an SSD array would be quiet, but that's big money. I'm trying to think of a way to hide the disk somewhere where the noise wouldn't be so audible, but my room is completely open.
  2. LiamHD macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2014
    Build a Subwoofer type enclosure for it using sound dampening material.
  3. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2008
    Buy LaCie Thunderbolt SSDs and daisy-chain them... Or, get the Sonnet Echo Express III-D box, put in 3xAccelsior 1TB cards or 3xSonnet Tempo Pro cards, with 2x1TB SSDs on each. 5 times faster than your current HDDs, and dead quiet.
  4. Average Pro, Nov 15, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2014

    Average Pro macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2013
    G-Tech Studio Raid/Speed

    I have both the G Raid and G studio - super quiet. I especially like that when my MP goes to sleep or awakens the they mimic the behavior.
  5. nox-uk macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2012
    Stear clear of the Drobo mini. I have one with some 750gb disks in it. It's great at storage, it's just not silent. Heard the 5 bay drobos are silent but no firsthand experience. My old Synology ds213air was as noisy as the disks, the fan rarely kicked in.

  6. hkoster1 macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I put my Thunderbolt drives (OWC ThunderBay 4 enclosure plus a bunch of daisy-chained Time Machine and backup drives) in the next room, connected with a 10m Corning Thunderbolt fibreglass cable. Dead quiet.
  7. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Drobo 5D can get noisy stocked with 5 WD blacks for performance, but with slower WD Reds much quieter but you lose a bit on i/o.
  8. appleaddiction macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    I recently bought a BluDrive Plus which features 2TB of storage. It sits beneath my nMP and is pretty quite. Not nearly as fast as your current setup though. They have it rated at about 110MB/s read and write.
  9. ShawnF, Nov 23, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    ShawnF macrumors regular

    May 10, 2014
    I just got the Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB drive. Portable (2 x 2.5inch running in RAID 0), USB 3.0 (USB powered!) and pretty silent. You can see the benchmarks below:

    Seagate Backup Plus Fast

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