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Hi overclockers,

I just finished my i7 build with 2 Caviar Black 1T HDD (WD1002FAEX) in raid 0. The problem is they are too loud, and vibrate like motor engine. So I decide to RMA them.

I just came across Western Digital RE4 500G, which has similar price and performance, but are more reliable and better for raid setup. My question is are they loud or not compare to Caviar Black? Acceptable or not?

Now I have 2 2.5'' HDD in the case and they are dead quiet and I feel no vibration at all. If both Black and RE4 are loud, should I just go for Caviar Blue?

Note: I have a Vertex 2 SSD as boot disk, so performance is not the primary concern. I just want some relative quiet HDD with reasonable speed. Mostly I will store RAW image on Raid 0 HDD and work on it since the SSD is too small.
Edited by Astr627 - 4/21/11 at 9:33pm
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the noise means its working faster

crap, i was wondering why my computer sounded
more like a jet engine after i installed 1tb wd cav black

never really paid attention... son of a beetch!
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the noise means its working faster

crap, i was wondering why my computer sounded
more like a jet engine after i installed 1tb wd cav black

never really paid attention... son of a beetch!
No doubt 2 Caviar Black run like jet! It's fast, but I can accept performance downgrade if it's quieter.
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My two WD RE4's are silent. I had two F3's and sent them back because the noise drove me crazy. Also, the RE4's are the fastest.
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My two WD RE4's are silent. I had two F3's and sent them back because the noise drove me crazy. Also, the RE4's are the fastest.
Thanks for the info. I just give a shot on 640GB Caviar Black since people say it's the quietest Black. If not I will go straight with RE4, and then use elastic suspension to reduce noise if necessary.
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My 1TB Caviar Black is quieter than the fans in my computer.

Of course, you should double check and make sure that the drive is securely attached to the case; if it isn't, then it will make loud noises and vibrate a lot. Especially with your case which claims a screwless mounting for hard drives.
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Those WD 640GB drives are noisy. I had them also. they went back!
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I never noticed a noise problem on my caviar blacks and I have them in RAID 0 as well. As error10 said, you should make sure you had them mounted securely. You could try some anti-vibration mounts for your hdds.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/78...13&id=MQPbF5Zc
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My 1TB Caviar Black is quieter than the fans in my computer.

Of course, you should double check and make sure that the drive is securely attached to the case; if it isn't, then it will make loud noises and vibrate a lot. Especially with your case which claims a screwless mounting for hard drives.
Yes it's screw-less mounting case and no way to secure it.
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I never noticed a noise problem on my caviar blacks and I have them in RAID 0 as well. As error10 said, you should make sure you had them mounted securely. You could try some anti-vibration mounts for your hdds.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/78...13&id=MQPbF5Zc
Probably I should get some elastic cord and suspend HDD in the case. I heard it's cheap and effective, just like the commercial product.
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