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post #1 of 12 Old 02-19-2008, 11:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Question about a quiet HDD for a HTPC.

Western Digital Caviar GP WD7500AACS 750GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Would this hard drive work for a quieter sound? Since the speed fluctuates, would it be any quieter than just a 7200 RPM HDD?

Another question I have, is would it be beneficial to buy like a 80GB HDD just for the OS drive? Thanks in advance.

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Have to tell you, I've even bought drives that people have recommended as quiete, and it never works out, its like a craps shoot. My buddy bought one of those nzxt hush cases and that seemed to make the drive noise at a minimum. I would totally say get a seperate drive to just run your os on, 80 is plenty big. So if your defragging your big drives, you can still play with stuff stored on the 80. Curious to hear what your htpc setup is and what you are hooking it up to.

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I havent built it yet, since I am deployed at the moment, but will be getting back in Jun-Jul and will build it then. The "meat and potato's" of the system will be a E8300, and a 3450 (preferably passive cooled).

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The Western Digital GP do not fluctuate speeds. They are 5400RPM hard drives in 3.5" form factor.

They are the quietest hard drive on the market. These are ideal for HTPC since they are quiet and cool. The performance isn't the best but you don't need it to be for a HTPC.

To answer most of your questions: (1) a fridge cannot cool a PC (2) 64-bit OS for over 3.4GB (3) If a PCIe card fits, it should work (4) Resolution, not screen size (5) Report, not respond to Spam (6) Single-Rail/Non-Modular PSUs are not always better than Multi-Rail/Modular (7) Sequential does not matter as much as random for OS drives (8) Requirements come before hardware for servers

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I have two seagate 7200.09's and are very very quite.

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Ok, so it doesnt vary its speed. But will a 5400 RPM drive be alright for recording/playing HD video? I'm guessing so, just maybe a tad bit slower at copying files?

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I have two seagate 7200.09's and are very very quite.
They're not that quiet compared to the WD GP.

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Ok, so it doesnt vary its speed. But will a 5400 RPM drive be alright for recording/playing HD video? I'm guessing so, just maybe a tad bit slower at copying files?
Correct. There's a review at SPCR.... it's now their #1 drive.
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To answer most of your questions: (1) a fridge cannot cool a PC (2) 64-bit OS for over 3.4GB (3) If a PCIe card fits, it should work (4) Resolution, not screen size (5) Report, not respond to Spam (6) Single-Rail/Non-Modular PSUs are not always better than Multi-Rail/Modular (7) Sequential does not matter as much as random for OS drives (8) Requirements come before hardware for servers

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Thanks again Duckie! Really appreciate the insight.

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Now I have another question, although not about the quietness of it this time. Would partitioning off like 50GB as the OS drive be suitable, and also would that keep it from getting so fragmented also?

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Now I have another question, although not about the quietness of it this time. Would partitioning off like 50GB as the OS drive be suitable, and also would that keep it from getting so fragmented also?
I always keep my OS on a separate partition.
1) Outer edge of the disk platter is slightly faster
2) Data is unaffected if I need to reinstall OS.

To answer most of your questions: (1) a fridge cannot cool a PC (2) 64-bit OS for over 3.4GB (3) If a PCIe card fits, it should work (4) Resolution, not screen size (5) Report, not respond to Spam (6) Single-Rail/Non-Modular PSUs are not always better than Multi-Rail/Modular (7) Sequential does not matter as much as random for OS drives (8) Requirements come before hardware for servers

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