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Looking for a new HDD to pair with my SSD.

Going to install some games on it, along with general storage purposes, hence I'm looking for a 7200RPM drive.

I had a WD black but it was really loud when seeking, didn't want that to happen again frown.gif

Any opinions kind people?

Thanks biggrin.gif!
post #2 of 18
Quiet and 7200RPM simply isn't going to happen unless you put it in a Scythe QuietDrive. Even then you'll have minimal seek noise.

Right now... the only HDD I can * personally* recommend, after owning a Sammy F3 1TB and a Cav Black 1TB is my current WD Green WD10EZRX. (If you want to keep a 1TB capacity anyways). If you want to go lower in capacity, look into the WD Green EZ-- drives. They're nearly silent at about a 3 foot range. Extremely minimal rumbling due to seeking, and by minimum I mean extremely minimal.

I also have all my games and stuff on the drive without absolutely any issues. If anything it's actually faster than my 1TB Black Caviar if HDTune's little benchmark is anything to go by smile.gif

[Granted, I ran the Black with 128AAM to keep the noise down, which is the stock on the Green]

HD-Tune Benchies Black (Click to show)
521
Green (Click to show)
521

Also runs 7C cooler... not that it was ever an issue but a nice freebie if you will ^^

edit: Should clarify, the WD Black was is a quiet drive for it's life except when I ran this bench, temps were usually 41C when caged up in the Scythe QuietDrive. Regardless the Green Drive runs faster and cooler, as well as quieter than the Black drive while it was enclosed and at 128AAM.
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Why would you cripple a Black by enabling AAM?

Blacks are fairly quiet without that... if you don't mind occasional seek noise.
     
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post #4 of 18
In terms of noise, are you talking about the actual spin-up and clicking of the drive? Or the minor case-vibrations associated with the spin?

For the latter I imagine you can get rubber spacers or something to dampen the sound.. as for quiet spin-ups and clicking from seeking.. not sure if you'll have that much luck. Have you considered a defrag to reduce some seek times, which would theoretically generate less noise?
post #5 of 18
Blacks can be quite quiet. My 640GB Black is actually quieter than all the Green drives that I've tested. That said, you do have to treat them properly.

Blacks have aggressive seeking - that's how they manage to shave off another ~10-25% from the access times of other 7200RPM drives. Because of that, there's several things to consider.

1) Rubber mounting gommets. Most decent cases now have them. You need them to cut vibrations. Often Blacks will cause other parts of the case to rattle, so although the HDD isn't rattling, your side panel or some other part may be.

2) Smaller OS partition. If you restrict your OS partition to a smaller size (something SSD owners should be familiar with), then you control where Windows can put data. This results in smaller less-noisy seeks. If you format the entire drive into one big partition, then Windows may occasionally throw data into the middle of the drive, or at the very end, resulting in much slower and louder seeks. It's dumb like that.

3) Not all Blacks are created equal. The 750GB Black is by far the loudest Black ever released - many say it's louder than the 2TB models. It's also slower than the 640GB, 1TB, and 2TB models, so certain models like the 750GB should be avoided.
     
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I'm actually thinking about getting a 2-3TB drive. Was thinking 1TB platters could minimize some noise (assuming it doesn't need to move as much)

I actually don't mind the drive spinning noise, it's the seeking noise that's just intolerable. It makes loud clicks that I could hear from another room, sounds like the drive is about to die of a stroke any second. It's hard to describe... but click-clack? tongue.gif

I thought green drives still had loud seek noises; they just spin slower. Though they do look fast enough for data access, not sure about real game performances (loading texture/maps).

Edit: that partition thing I actually did not know. I'm not using this as an OS drive however, does it still apply? I am thinking of moving ProgData and Users to it however.
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Edit: that partition thing I actually did not know. I'm not using this as an OS drive however, does it still apply? I am thinking of moving ProgData and Users to it however.
It mainly applies for OS/programs/games drives. If you have all sorts of data on a drive, then as it fills up the newest data is further and further in. Your OS is going to need to read/write stuff constantly, so what results is a lot of clickity clack seeking across large amounts of the platter. By controlling where data goes, you reduce that noise.

I generally split my drives in at least two. The first partition goes to active data (Programs, games, important projects, music, etc.) - stuff that might be accessed simultaneously, and thus require lots of seeking. I want it close together so the seeks are smaller. (Faster/quieter) Then everything else gets tossed into "storage". (the last part of the drive) Because using that part of the drive is slower/noiser, I try to keep less often used stuff there like downloads, videos, old games that I might never play again, etc. thumb.gif


I've noticed that all my Greens have louder seek noise than my Black...

I used one briefly for games. The very first part of those drives is reasonably fast, so if you only use 10% for games (200GB / 2TB) that should work stutter-free. But if you fill them, they perform quite poorly... tons of 25-40ms seeks across the entire platter, which can really drag down your framerate in any games/engines that don't preload things quickly enough.
     
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Avoid getting Samsung F3. They tend to vibrate a lot.
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edit: did not read OP (wanted 7200rpm drives)
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Looks like all drives are loud ( axesmiley.png ), and I might just have to go and roll the dice on Seagate Hitachi or WD.

Good to know that the Spinpoints are loud enough to stay away.

By the way, are Seagates still more unreliable than WD? And deathstars are a lot better now?
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