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I can't believe how NOISY this new drive is.

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I just replaced a 6 year old Maxtor DiamondMax-80GB HD (PATA). It gave me excellent service despite hundreds of formats and dropping it more than a few times, it ran constantly @ 29c temp, and was virtually silent because you could set "quiet mode operation" for this drive.

So now I replace the old Maxtor PATA with a new SATA, this one is Maxtor DiamondMax 160GB SATA II. First thing I notice the physical size is much smaller than a PATA drive, it's bout half the thickness, next thing is it runs 10c hotter than the old drive, and last thing that I can't stand is the freakin noise, it sounds like a geiger counter gone berserk, and then when I go to Maxtor website to look for "quiet mode operation" it's not available any more ... !!!

it's rubbish.
post #2 of 9
Man i know what you mean, my ide Western Digital is silent but my Seagate Barracuda is noisy as heck when its fricking clicking away, i love the speed of it but i hate the noise, i have to switch my dam pc off sometimes at night when the hdd is just going nuts.
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I love my Western digital I can't even hear it... I can't even tell its on unless im doing something lol.

But my 250gb Western digital Clicks and scratches

MY new 500gb is sweet
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... this drive sounds like I got a bunch of mosquitoes having a crack party inside my case, I'm gonna sell it and buy something quiet !!!

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post #5 of 9
your drive sounds like a really old model. do you happen to have the model #?

is like 4A 6V something or it could be any alphabat.
but IIRC the one you got sounds like the first generation of low cost drive. they known to be noisy and have high failure rate and only purpose is to cut cost.
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using Everest it reads ...

MAXTOR STM3160215AS (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)

the other thing I was wondering was are all SATA II drives this small, I mean this drive is half the thickness of the Maxtor PATA drive yet it has double the capacity, inside such a small housing it's no wonder it runs 10c hotter ?

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post #7 of 9
woo ok, this the Seagate Maxtor model then.
Now, these STM suppose to be identical to Seagate product and it shouldn't be nosiy.
becasue these basically same as ST3160215AS and it is really a Seagate drive.

There is one possibility that it is a real Maxtor drive and they were known for noisy back then. During the ST MX merge, ST relabed all MX drive to ST, but those should be history already.
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I'm not too worried because it was not an expensive drive, maybe I sell it or maybe I keep it for backup only. I think will buy a Samsung who are supposed to make quiet hard drives.
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I forgot which brand has non low cost 160GB, but usually .75 inch is the sign of cheap drive.
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