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Hey peoples of OCN! I've been asking questions in threads, and posting my own threads about some storage questions smile.gif

So this time the question is, what is a type of hard drive that's either quiet (meaning no grinding or spinning noise), or completely silent? I've been doing a lot of looking into the Western Digital Red series of drives, and some of the Seagate server hard drives, but what does "le community" think? Suggestions are welcome, along with experiences with drives you'd recommend smile.gif

Thank you,
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Well SSD's are completely silent, but I'm guessing you want more gigabytes per dollar. Generally, I don't think server drives are designed quieter than consumer drives.
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I'm using SSD's for my boot drive, and for a either a single drive, or a RAID 0 (for games, music, ect.).

I'll most likely be running a RAID 10 configuration for the speed, and safety it provides.
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Honestly, I think most drives today are pretty quiet. I never hear my blacks once they spin up.

I hear spinpoints are suppose to be pretty quiet.

I tend to avoid any eco drives as they spin up and down which is almost always the loudest part IMO.
 
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Well my current black I could hear grind as the head moved, and it drove me crazy.
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Corsair Dominator GT 16GB Kit @ 1604MHz (9-9-9-24) Asus Raidr 240GB PCI-E SSD Samsung EVO 250GB Samsung EVO 250GB 
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(X1) NoiseBlock eLoop B12-PS Bitspower X-Station (White) (X3) ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 5... Bitspower Acrylic Pump Top 
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BenQ XL2420TE Logitech G710+ Silverstone Strider Evolution 1000W (Sleeved by... CaseLabs SMH10, XL Window, standard ventilated ... 
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(X4) Silverstone 140mm Magnetic Fan Filters Vintage Soviet Ushanka Over Monitor, For Good Luck 
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FX-8350 Asus Crosshair V Forumula-Z MSI R7970-2pmd3gd5/oc (water cooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum 
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WD Black  Windows 7 Home Premium  Samsung Syncmaster S20B350H Razer Anansi 
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EVGA Supernova NEX750G Cooler Master HAF-X (Modded) Logitech G700 Cheap one 
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Samsung drives are pretty quiet, WD Blue is quiet (but not green), but almost every single Seagate I have used was very noisy.
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Plextor M5P Xtreme 128GB Western Digital Blue 1TB Corsair H60 (2013 Edition) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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HP 2311x Logitech K200 Silverstone Strider Gold ST55F-G Fractal Design Node 304 
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Zalman M350 Zalman P500 Sennheiser HD428s 
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FX-6300 @ 4.5GHz Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 HIS Radeon 7770 Ghz Edition G.Skill 1333MHz 2x4GB 
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Crucial m4 64GB Sony DVD-RW Xigmatek Gaia sd1283 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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Intel i5 4670K 4.6GHz @ 1.22v MSI Z87I Sapphire Radeon 7950 825/1250 @ 1.00v Crucial Ballistix Elite 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Plextor M5P Xtreme 128GB Western Digital Blue 1TB Corsair H60 (2013 Edition) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
HP 2311x Logitech K200 Silverstone Strider Gold ST55F-G Fractal Design Node 304 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Zalman M350 Zalman P500 Sennheiser HD428s 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300 @ 4.5GHz Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 HIS Radeon 7770 Ghz Edition G.Skill 1333MHz 2x4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 64GB Sony DVD-RW Xigmatek Gaia sd1283 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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HP 2311x Logitech Rosewill Hive 550 Lian-Li PC-K58 
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