Which HD's? The FAST & QUIET compromise.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DeVito, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. DeVito macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2008
    Hello everyone, my first post here, and I have a real pickle on my hands!
    I need to fill 2 mac pro's with "Fast" "Quiet" and "Reliable" Hard Discs.
    So I need to strike a balance?

    The 2007 MP needs 4-5 Small HD's: for I/O performance & low cost.
    The 2008 MP needs 4-6 Large HD's: for performance and lots of storage.

    For Large HD's; will any of these fit the bill?
    Samsung F1 1TB, WD6400AAKS 640gb, Samsung f1 750gb, Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB, WD7500AYYS 750g?
    Anyone using these HD's in a MP? Which is the most quiet? Which are the most reliable? Are there still issues with the F1's? Any suggestions for small low cost HD's?

  2. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
  3. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    I have four of the Samsung spinpoint f1 750GB drives. They are very quiet and have been extremely fast and reliable thus far in use with my RAID card.
  4. Trishul macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2006
    Sarasota, FL
    i too can add a recommendation for the Samsung F1's, i'm pretty particular about noise, and i'm more than happy with the 3 of them i have. In RAID 0 some of the speeds i've achieved have been insane.
  5. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    Hitachi Hitachi Hitachi.

    Great drive. Have the 1TB... had AAM enabled by default... was so quiet I couldn't hear it.

    Turned it off... and the drive is much quicker... albeit a bit noisier.

    However, Hitachi has a tool you can run that allows you to set the AAM to off, on, or a compromise value between speed and silence between 1 and 254.

    Just experiment with it to your hearts content.

  6. aLoC macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    www.silentpcreview.com is good for finding the quietest drives.

    My Mac has two WD7500AAYS in RAID0, and my PC has two WD5000AAYS in a RAID0.

    Noise level is impressively low and performance is just good (not great).
  7. ksz macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Couldn't agree more. These are pretty impressive drives that don't compromise on speed or sound.
  8. DeVito thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2008
    best HDDs for a low cost Raid0?

    Thanks for all your input...:)
    I've been researching all these drives and I'm thinking F1's or maybee the new WD6400AAKS?
    They love them at newegg...

    Our you using the 750g or 1TB?
    Any difference in noise between them?

    Anyone have a suggestion for the best HDDs for a low cost Raid0?
    Quiet & Fast of course...

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