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I have a Samsung Spinpoint F3 250gb, it's a 7200rpm, drive and while it works perfectly - it does make a bit of noise and loads of vibrations....

Because I'm going for an almost Silent Build - The hard drive is the main culprit of noise in my case....


If I got a 5400rpm drive and buy a hard drive vibration dampener ( http://www.maplin.co.uk/hard-drive-vibration-damper-38013?c=froogle&u=38013&t=module )


Would this make my computer near silent or should I go for a proper Hard Drive Silencer enclosure kit??


Thanks alot guys. Alex
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If you want silent, grab a SSD. No moving parts at all. wink.gif A 5400 RPM drive should be quieter than a 7200 though. The WD Greens are pretty quiet honestly (I've got WD Green 2TB's and F3 1TB's, so I know what you mean about noise).
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noo really not !
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I think my F4 drive makes less noise than my F3 drive, but if you want quiet, your best be is going to be a SSD for OS and major programs and a HDD for holding the bulk of your files, that you will be running the SSD for your OS and all that jaz, leaving the HDD to only spin up when its absolutely needed.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

If you want silent, grab a SSD. No moving parts at all. wink.gif A 5400 RPM drive should be quieter than a 7200 though. The WD Greens are pretty quiet honestly (I've got WD Green 2TB's and F3 1TB's, so I know what you mean about noise).

Nothing really more can be said other then this.

If you really are serious about silence, you can't beat an SSD, But given the size limitations, you'll still probably want a physical drive. Just get a 7,200rpm green drive. When it's not in use, it'll spin down.
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5400 rpm drive will kill performance as a OS drive.

The best option (but not cost) is to get a small SSD (~60 gigs) for the OS and main programs, then a 5400 RPM drive for storage.
Silence is not cheap.
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5400 rpm drive will kill performance as a OS drive.
The best option (but not cost) is to get a small SSD (~60 gigs) for the OS and main programs, then a 5400 RPM drive for storage.

The WD Greens arn't too bad for OS.

I must admit my system takes a bit to load, but my programs are fine.

I can hear mine read and write but only with fans at 30%.
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5400 rpm drive will kill performance as a OS drive.
The best option (but not cost) is to get a small SSD (~60 gigs) for the OS and main programs, then a 5400 RPM drive for storage.

The WD Greens arn't too bad for OS.

I must admit my system takes a bit to load, but my programs are fine.

I can hear mine read and write but only with fans at 30%.

Actually, the WD Green drives are quite fast for being 5400RPM drives. I get about 82MB/s average on my WD Green 2TB drives (14.9ms access time) (read speeds). That's not all that bad at all, considering my F3's get about 120MB/s and 13.9ms.
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Actually, the WD Green drives are quite fast for being 5400RPM drives. I get about 82MB/s average on my WD Green 2TB drives (14.9ms access time) (read speeds). That's not all that bad at all, considering my F3's get about 120MB/s and 13.9ms.

HDD Speed, Seagate 7.2k v WD Green.png 2832k .png file

Thats a 500GB Seagate 7200RPM in comparison (Left)
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