Quiet external harddrive: noiseless backup solution

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by philips, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. philips macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2004
    Baden-Württemberg, Germany
    Seems topic wasn't touched in about a year, so I decided to ask the question again.

    What quiet external hard drive can you recommend?

    I'm trying to decide what should I pick as my external backup, but noise level is deciding factor for me.

    I have two options on the table at the moment:
    1. External harddrive to be plugged into AirPort Extreme
    2. External harddrive to be plugged directly into MBP.

    If I'd go with AirPort option, then the drive needs really to be silent - and no vibrations - as it would be most of the time on. Or can AirPort spin down hard drive when it's unused? How TimeMachine does it's backups: constantly or once in a while?

    If I'd go with direct connect to MBP option, then I can probably live with noise for a limited time the drive is connected to MBP. I'm no stranger to *nix style scripted backups too. But that's not really option I want to live with.

    What is your experience setting up noise-less backup?

    P.S. Googling made me sad. Most people only look (or better say listen) to hard drive produced noises: seeks or motor noises. But disregard the major noise maker: vibrations. In my PC rig most of the noise during idle times produced mostly by vibrations of the Seagate hard drive. That was not the last reasons why I went ssd in my UMBP.
  2. waiwai macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2009
    if u want noiseless... then go with SSD. for the cost of silence and ultra fast seek times comes at a huge price though...

    you could plug in your SSD to almost any SATA/SATA2 HD enclosure, or even just replace ur MBP's current HD with that... you won't be disappointed if you do intend of investing in SSD. They're starting to slowly come down in price.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If low noise is fine, 2.5" drive would be ideal.

    I have the previous generation of this, due to enclosure, you should not be able to hear it. Bus powered via firewire.

    SSD would have no noise but cost more.
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The only real noiseless solution is an SSD. Hopefully the cost is worth the noise reduction for you.
  5. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    If you want noiseless and cannot afford SSD get a 2.5 inch HD. I can still hear my PB's 2.5 inch HD but it is much quieter than my external desktop drive.

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