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Quietest none SSD?

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I have a storage server, currently running seven 4TB Seagate HDDs, I had two older 3TBs in there that just died on me, as well as the motherboard which I need to RMA. I've also got a 1TB 840 Samsung Evo as my cache drive.

Decided to rebuild it, bought myself a Lian Li D8000 which will hold twenty drives. I'm about to order another thirteen 4TBs.
I'm pretty conscious on noise levels though, as due to the size of the case, the only place I can put it is in my bedroom.
Unraid will spin down all 20 HDDs when not in use, which is great. Going to get a PSU that'll turn the fan off under low load.

Next issue I need to figure out is the cache drive.
I pulled the 1TB Evo from my main computer, leaving me with just a 256GB Samsung Pro. Which, is fine I can deal with that.
However, I don't know if you're aware how Unraid works, but I have a few 'dockers'. Sabnzb being one of them. When I download something, it will download the .rar files. Then Unrar them to a different directory on the same SSD, and then I have some more dockers that will take the file, post process it, and write it to the array. However it's written to the cache drive first (the SSD). So it's basically being written to the SSD three times...

It's a TLC SSD, and I don't like the idea of writing this much data to it.

So, I'm trying to figure out my best cache drive set up.
2.5" preferably (I believe they're quieter anyway).

Also... I'm thinking about getting two. One as a dedicated cache drive, and a separate one to install the 'dockers/programs' on. Reason for this is I'm considering an SSHD for this drive, so hopefully Plex will run better with it.
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The new Firecuda SSHD's are pretty fast. However I am not sure how well they will work as a cache drive. Which 4TB drives are you using?

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Seagate Barracudas. Seem to be the best price.
Probably unwise though, considering the 3TBs I had seem to have all died over the past 12 months. I have had them for about 5 year though.

Essentially I'm wanting the quietest none SSHD, normal 2.5" mechanical drive, 1-2TB for a dedicated cache drive, nothing else.
Then a seperate drive for my 'dockers/programs'. Which I'm hoping will store all the Plex data and other data I have and all the downloads I do will go on the mechanical part.
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I think finding reviews and choosing the drive that is the least power but most important, producing the lowest temps (less heat is best) is more crucial than the noise....although, the moving parts making a lot of noise can be considered both annoying and worrisome.

Samsungs used to be good for very low heat compared to other drives but the other thing to do is probably consider a slower drive. If you can't buy SSDs of larger capacity, maybe a 5400rpm legacy drive.... should be both quiet and low power/heat.

I dunno about these 'green' drives, though. They used to make noise so how are they these days? I guess silentpc might have some people with recommendations with low noise drives?
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