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Poll Results: Silent HDD

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 6% of voters (4)
    Hitachi DeskStar 160GB
  • 10% of voters (6)
    Samsung SpinPoint P
  • 8% of voters (5)
    Samsung SpinPoint S
  • 37% of voters (22)
    Seagate Cuda 7200.10
  • 8% of voters (5)
    Seagate Cuda 7200.9 (40GB bonus)
  • 27% of voters (16)
    Western Digital WD1600JS "SE"
58 Total Votes  
post #41 of 49
I've got 3 Samsungs in my other rig.160GB,250GB,and a 500GB.All three are quiet,fast,cool running,and very reliable!I've a Seagate 80GB 7200.10 in my Antec900 for now until I order a 320GB or 500GB Drive.The Seagate is quiet and run's cool too.What ever you do;if you buy Seagate.Don't get any of the 7200.9 models.Thats the older tech.The 7200.10's are better!
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I've heard quite a few drives over the years. In my experience, the order of how quiet they were went like this:

1. Hitachi
2. Seagate
3. Samsung
4. Western Digital
5. Maxtor

Seagate and Hitachi tend to have faster access times than the rest of the brands. Also, why are you buying 8 MB cache? The jump from 8 MB to 16 MB is really noticeable.
post #43 of 49
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Originally Posted by LiNERROR View Post
if speed isn't your primary concern you can get a raid 5 controller on the cheap... it won't be blistering fast, but it can still provide you fault tolerance...
Speed is good, that's why I am going RAID 0, what I'm thinking is that I also want them to be quiet. If not, I would just buy a Raptor. RAID 5 would be nice, but without a high-end controller I'm not even considering it. Still, I got a 450€ refund from some taxes I've paid a few months ago, maybe I'll squeeze the RAID 5 controller in the holiday expenses

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Originally Posted by Antec900_2007 View Post
I've got 3 Samsungs in my other rig.160GB,250GB,and a 500GB.All three are quiet,fast,cool running,and very reliable!I've a Seagate 80GB 7200.10 in my Antec900 for now until I order a 320GB or 500GB Drive.The Seagate is quiet and run's cool too.What ever you do;if you buy Seagate.Don't get any of the 7200.9 models.Thats the older tech.The 7200.10's are better!
I've just received an offer for the 80GB Seagates: 25€!!! They're dead cheap (7200.10 also). Are they really that quiet? I'm asking because although my 7200.10 250GB is quiet enough, the others in the series don't always follow the rule.

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I've heard quite a few drives over the years. In my experience, the order of how quiet they were went like this:

1. Hitachi
2. Seagate
3. Samsung
4. Western Digital
5. Maxtor

Seagate and Hitachi tend to have faster access times than the rest of the brands. Also, why are you buying 8 MB cache? The jump from 8 MB to 16 MB is really noticeable.
I didn't know it's that big of a difference, frankly I've jumped from 2 to 16MB directly, I didn't play with the 8 megs.

What do you think, is it that much of a difference between 8 and 16 megs of buffer? I see it's double, it should be better, but by how much? A 16 megs buffer imply a 250HDD at the very least which costs a bit more.
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post #44 of 49
Check out this article. Link.

The fact that an original 16MB cache could outperform the best 8MB cache drives back then is interesting, but the claim that the cache puts the drive "within spitting distance of the raptors."
post #45 of 49
I love my Western Digital drive... I'd recommend them to anyone. It's quiet (I can't hear it lol) and fast (as far as I know). Doesn't get hot either which is a plus.
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Speed is good, that's why I am going RAID 0, what I'm thinking is that I also want them to be quiet. If not, I would just buy a Raptor. RAID 5 would be nice, but without a high-end controller I'm not even considering it. Still, I got a 450€ refund from some taxes I've paid a few months ago, maybe I'll squeeze the RAID 5 controller in the holiday expenses



I've just received an offer for the 80GB Seagates: 25€!!! They're dead cheap (7200.10 also). Are they really that quiet? I'm asking because although my 7200.10 250GB is quiet enough, the others in the series don't always follow the rule.



I didn't know it's that big of a difference, frankly I've jumped from 2 to 16MB directly, I didn't play with the 8 megs.

What do you think, is it that much of a difference between 8 and 16 megs of buffer? I see it's double, it should be better, but by how much? A 16 megs buffer imply a 250HDD at the very least which costs a bit more.
They're that quiet really;sometimes I have to make sure it's operating.LOL....................I love it.The 16mb is much better really.
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post #47 of 49
I have two Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 in RAID 0. I don't seem to notice the noise so they should be quite quiet. If you want them to be extra quiet, you should get vibration dampeners.
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I vote for the WD as well. I've gone through a few and all were nice and quiet.
Yep, My WD is beautiful. I wouldn't recommend it over any others though, as I haven't used any of the others.
    
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The votes say that the 7200.10 should be my choice. There were posted good reasons for all the HDDs by newcomers and by some heavy-weight OCNers, thank you all. The votes are a bit intriguing to me, since I happen to think the 7200.10 250GB I have is quiet as long as you don't use it, which is not the point at all. Still, I have decided to give it a chance.

Battle plan:
- cut a bike tire and make a rubber cushion between the HDD and the case. This should be easy enough and it should give an answer as to is the HDD or the case resonance the problem for search noise
- depending on the findings I'll get another 2 of these 7200.10, or pass to WD or Hitachi (haven't decided yet).

Samsung, from what I understood is good and quiet as long as it lasts. The opinions about them are split, as are the reviews from the egg: some love them, some report 3+ failures in one year. People when get pis*ed tent to exaggerate things, but even so, the RMA rate is a bit too high for me.

16MB or 8MB buffer? Dunno yet... 16MB implies minimum 2x250GB HDD, so 140€ in stead of 100€. It's not the 40€. It's that I prefer getting a third 160GB for a total of 3x160GB RAID 0 8MB buffer versus 2x250GB RAID 0 16 MB buffer. Now 140 ~=150, and a threesome should be better than a duet even with half the buffer. Correct?

P.S. I'll change the thread title again, 3x160 8MB of 2x250 16MB?
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