Which (quiet!) external hard disk to buy? (500gb)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bushi, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. bushi macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    Which external hard disk should I buy? My most important requirement is that it's very silent. I've got a macbook so only fw400 and usb 2.0

    -Iomega 500 gb USB 2.0
    -WD My Book (home or studio so fw400!)

  2. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Here is the one I have. Little or no noise. Plus you can add it to your network through a network cable.

  3. RichyHo macrumors member


    Feb 13, 2003
    Rugby, UK
  4. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    I've got a G-Tech 500GB f/w 400/800 drive that is very quiet. There's no fan so no fan noise. They're a bit spendy but I found the best price at Amazon.com. They also have a 3 year warranty if that means anything.
  5. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    I put one of the new Western Digital GreenPower drives in a Rosewill RX81 external case and it's as quiet as the hard drive in my MBP. Plus, it looks like a Mac Pro.
  6. gordyc44 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2007
    Best one I found...


    I've just ordered my second Rocpro 800 AV from Rocstor.com. Built-in auto-switching power supply (crucial factor in my decision - I hate the extra brick in the power cable and the fact that you have to use the manufacturer-supplied adapter), no fan, very fast. My MBP recognised it immediately for Time Machine and it's great. Has FW400, FW800 x2 and USB2.

    Good luck!
  7. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    The MyBook Pro sounds like a dishwasher. I only turn it on to do TM backups...
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    There aren't too many differences between WD MyBook models, but if you get one of the World or World 2 models and plan on using it for "Anywhere Access" (ie: accessing your harddisk via the ethernet when you're not at home), you can't transfer mp3s, avi files, and most other media files.

    Also, aren't WD drives supposed to suck?

    That's a funny statement to make, since I just bought a WD Passport yesterday, but their main drives are a bit different and have a lower rep. Not sure. I only went with the WD Passport because of their capacity, and because they didn't seem to have a negative reputation for laptop drives.
  9. bushi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    Think I've made my decision. It's gonna be a Western Digital Passport 320gb
    - it's very quiet (probably significant lower noise level than the mybook?)
    - don't need 500gb
    - not going to use it to run programs from, only time machine back up and storing movies

    Any thoughts?

    thanks in advance!
  10. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    I recently bought a SimpleTech 500GB drive that I like a lot. Very nice design, reasonable price ($120 at Best Buy) and quiet.
  11. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I got a WD MyBook Essential Edition (USB only) 500GB for work and it is extremely quiet, almost silent. It is not too fast, but it works very well. I have it partitioned and use SuperDuper! to keep a bootable image up to date on one partition and Time Machine on the other partition. So far it has worked flawlessly. And if you sleep your computer or unplug the cable the WD goes to sleep or powers down too. The drive itself is quite small and fits neatly on a shelf. I would highly recommend it.
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    If you want quiet, get a Samsung Spinpoint M6 500 gb and put it in a USB/FW400 box.
  13. bushi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    thanks for the advice everybody.

    Last question: am I right to state that a WD passport will be MUCH more quiet than a WD mybook?
  14. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    No, that is not correct. The earlier models of the MyBook got a lot of complaints, but the newer models (with a vertical blue light instead of a circle) are virtually silent (at least mine is - just the cheapest 500GB model they make). Of course the Passport is also silent, but not much if any more than the MyBook. I've owned both.
  15. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Passport is releativley quiet it does make 'whirling' sounds when spinning but overall pretty quiet. I have never heard a MyBook in a quiet environment so can't speak about the difference.
  16. sidharth80 macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    I am basically looking to buy a external HDD which I can acess from anywhere over the internet.
    I dint hear good reviews abt the WD My Book.
    Any suggestions on any other HDD which has the above mentioned feature?
  17. KJdanReuben macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
  18. PodPacker macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2006
    I Only Rely on RocStor Drives

    RocPro 800 AV: G212M6-01 750GB Desktop and Mobile 3.5” FireWire & USB

    Buffer size: 16MB

    Rotational speed: 7200 rpm

    Interface: FireWire 800/IEEE 1394b, FireWire 400/IEEE 1394a/iLink, USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible)

    Connectors: 9-Pin FireWire 800 Connector x 2, 6-Pin FireWire 400 Connector x 1, 4-Pin USB Connector x 1

    (HxWxD) 5.8” x 8.7” x 1.6”

    Weight: 2.9 lbs.

    No additional adapter brick needed. Fanless, silent operation

    Includes: Free carrying case, Firewire 400 cable, Firewire 800 cable, USB 2.0 cable, Stand for vertical operation

    I'm not just saying this cuz I sell them and can offer the lowest price on the 'net. After owning 2 of these I decided to become a reseller. These drives are tops.

    You try firing up a WD MyBook and have that running for a while and see how loud that fan is, and even the USB-powered drives hum. Don't get my started on the flimsy Seagate drives, with that "secure" foot base. These drives have them all beat in every way, especially if you value space. They plug in using a standard power cable, so unwieldy brick or special connector. If you are using this store media for playback you will appreciate the silent operation, let your subwoofer make your ears ring, not a droning fan.
  19. MinorBidoh macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2005
  20. ymarker macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
  21. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I own the OEM version of the G-Tech and it's very quiet. Of course I also chose a quiet 5400RPM drive.
  22. waynechriss macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2009
    I can vouch for that. i got a simpletech and its great.
  23. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    why are you people posting on an 8 month old post?

    the only thing i dont like about this forum, top posting, gets confusing

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