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I'm after the 1.5TB WD1502FAEX (AU$140) because they seem to cost less than the 1TB WD1002FAEX (for some reason) but people often complain that this drive is noisy. So how noisy really is this drive. Currently, I have the Noctua NH-D14 @ max, 2x AeroCool Shark 140mm @ 5V, 1x Bitfenix Spectre Pro 140mm @ 7V, 3x Fractal Design 140mm @ max and basically I do not want to hear the hard drive over them.

EDIT: Otherwise I am considering the HD103SJ (AU$120) or the HD204UI (AU$152)

Does anyone know? Thanks
Edited by thaos - 1/28/12 at 9:04pm
post #2 of 18
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Bump?? rolleyes.gif

Seriously, anyone have any experiences?
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i have 7 WD Cavier blacks 1TB running in NAS server + an expansion unit. the NAS server runs two and i cant hear them which sits on my desk. if i put my ear close to the hotswap bays, i can here a very faint hum. i cant recal the exact model number but they are very quite smile.gif
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post #4 of 18
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i have 7 WD Cavier blacks 1TB running in NAS server + an expansion unit. the NAS server runs two and i cant hear them which sits on my desk. if i put my ear close to the hotswap bays, i can here a very faint hum. i cant recal the exact model number but they are very quite smile.gif

How about the seek sounds? Are the audibly loud?
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How about the seek sounds? Are the audibly loud?

Well i have them running 24/7 as file server and back up solutions. Alot R/Ws and i dont hear it at all. In fact the only way i know the drives are being accessed is but the flickering LEDs smile.gif
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post #6 of 18
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Well i have them running 24/7 as file server and back up solutions. Alot R/Ws and i dont hear it at all. In fact the only way i know the drives are being accessed is but the flickering LEDs smile.gif

lol is that because the rest of the fans are loud or the drives themselves are fairly quiet? I read lots feedback on newegg about the drive and some people say it's loud while other people say that it's quiet.

Thanks for your reply.
post #7 of 18
Actually i try with the fans turned off and and it was the same and made no differnce to me. Yes i have heard mixed results too. Some say loud some say quite lol. But seriously mine are quite. Maybe like the dampener feet on the box might help too smile.gif
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post #8 of 18
Well I can say sometimes the seek noise gets annoying, especially when you turn on the PC or install something. I have 2 GT AP-15 fans and yet I can hear the noise over them.
You don't mind too much about it though, and the performance is quite awesome.

Seeking a zero noise HDD? Get a Caviar Green.
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Actually i try with the fans turned off and and it was the same and made no differnce to me. Yes i have heard mixed results too. Some say loud some say quite lol. But seriously mine are quite. Maybe like the dampener feet on the box might help too smile.gif

If they are as quiet as you say I will get them without a second consideration. I have an Arc Midi which comes with "vibration dampening" rubber on the mount. Would that be enough to prevent resonance throughout the rest of the case to cause the amplification of the hard drive sounds?
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Well I can say sometimes the seek noise gets annoying, especially when you turn on the PC or install something. I have 2 GT AP-15 fans and yet I can hear the noise over them.
You don't mind too much about it though, and the performance is quite awesome.
Seeking a zero noise HDD? Get a Caviar Green.

Do your hard drive mounts have vibration dampening by any chance? I don't mind having some noise, just as long as it is not obnoxiously loud.
post #10 of 18
You could just a caviar green instead, they're silent.
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