Waiting for the Toshiba MQ01ABD

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  1. ohla313 macrumors 6502a

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  2. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    It's just another 1TB, 2.5", 9.5mm, 5400RPM drive. What's so special about it?

    Samsung's version has been out for months.
     
  3. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well the fact that the Toshiba drive is a single platter at 500GB and has idle/seek acoustics at 17dB/23dB, is what is keeping me wanting it.
     
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    And the fact that the probability of failing is waaaaaay too high.
     
  5. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    really? What makes you say so? I am waiting for a single platter 500 GB drive that is very quiet. Do you have any recommendations that match?
     
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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's probably a dual-500GB platter hard drive. And search around, there's at least 100 horror stories of crashing 1TB 9.5mm hard drives, whether it's WD or Samsung.
     
  7. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aw man.. I searched a lot over the summer for a quiet 500 GB HDD and came up with nothing. I don't trust Hitachi after that experience. Well ok then, do you have any recommendations for a quiet 500GB HDD, regardless of disk platter amount?
     
  8. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Seriously, any laptop hard drive will be quiet enough for you.
     
  9. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not really. Since I have tried hard drives that are loud. I did an extensive search and came up empty handed. Just wanted to know if you had any experience in quiet hard drives.

    Thank you though
     
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    Time for you to read Hellhammer's Guide since the average hard drive is 20-23 dB at idle, just as loud as that Toshiba.
     
  11. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    too bad that is an SSD guide..I am looking for an HDD.

    Thanks though
     
  12. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    I suggested a SSD because there is no HDD in existence that would sound quiet to you.
    As mentioned before, the average idle levels for a hard drive which I want to suggest are 20-23db. My hard drive is 23/26, just a couple db louder than that Toshiba. The difference is nominal and indistinguishable, and if you have tried many hard drives but all of them sounded loud to you, or just care about numbers instead of real life experience, then there is really no other option than a SSD.
    If you want to get rid of hard drive noise, get a SSD. There is no "silent HDD" as long as HDDs have moving parts in them.
     
  13. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    Beg to differ. I've never heard a 5400rpm drive utter so much as a hiccup. (Samsung and Hitachi). 7200 is another story. Heck, the motherboard fans make 100x more noise than anything else.
     
  14. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    my macbook pro came factory shipped a seagate drive

    its pretty quiet
     
  15. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea I was looking at this Samsung drive the other day. Do you have any experience with it?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152289
     
  16. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Well then you agree with me. :V
    This guy is bothered by the minuscule noise of a 5,400RPM hard drive, so I had to suggest a SSD.
    @OP, just get a SSD if you're bothered by hard drive noise. All hard drives make noise, and if it doesn't then it's a dead drive. 23 decibels at idle are pretty dang quiet but if you want something quieter, there's nothing else but the SSD.
     
  17. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    I have 1 of those and 2 Samsung 1TB drives (9.5mm). Reliable. No issues. But I did pay a lot less than what you show. (about half :eek:). Somebody told me in another thread that the flooding in Thailand has caused quite a price hike.

    Really though... I've used every drive under the sun and can honestly say that 98% are all the same - made with the same parts - just different labels.

    Get whatever you want - it doesn't matter. Let the manufacturer's warranty be the deciding factor. Also, get a cheap 2.5" enclosure for the one you're replacing and keep using it as a backup or offline storage.
     

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