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User Info: Stejpan

Stejpan
3 years ago#1
Need to add some more space - are there any good quality 2TB drives that are dead on quiet? It's for a home theatre pc.
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User Info: Spacewhizguy

Spacewhizguy
3 years ago#2
Not really. Hard drives are one of the noisiest components in a computer. You'll have to go with an SSD if you really want silence. Otherwise, you'll have to make do with the 5400 RPM hard drives.
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User Info: lkhlkh

lkhlkh
3 years ago#3
Spacewhizguy posted...
Not really. Hard drives are one of the noisiest components in a computer. You'll have to go with an SSD if you really want silence. Otherwise, you'll have to make do with the 5400 RPM hard drives.


do SDD last longer?
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User Info: DarkZV2Beta

DarkZV2Beta
3 years ago#4
You can buy a pair of 2.5" SSDs at 1TB each.
Not really ideal for that kind of setup though.


I suggest going for "pretty damn quiet" instead of "silent".
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User Info: Cobra152004

Cobra152004
3 years ago#5
The storage section at SPCR should be able to point you in a good direction:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/section13.html
Some sections haven't been updated in a while, but hopefully some of the more recently reviewed harddrives are still available and quiet enough.

I ended up suspending harddrives from bungee cords after reading on that site and here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article8-page2.html
I used a 48" flat strap bungee to decouple my two harddrives from the cage in an Antec 900. I oriented the drives side by side standing up on their long sides. The straps are tight enough that nothing has slipped or fallen out after several years. Not moving the case often probably helps. The suspension isn't perfectly silent, but really helped cut down on rattling and seek noise from drives.

User Info: GipFace

GipFace
3 years ago#6
Spacewhizguy posted...
Not really. Hard drives are one of the noisiest components in a computer. You'll have to go with an SSD if you really want silence. Otherwise, you'll have to make do with the 5400 RPM hard drives.


Most SSDs aren't silent. They emit a high-pitched tone when being accessed due to electromagnetic inteference. Unfortunately, the only way to know whether a drive has it or not is to buy it, since reviewers apparently can't be bothered to test it.

User Info: Ch3wy

Ch3wy
3 years ago#7
My HDD that came with my computer is quiet, I can never hear it at all.

It's called Hitachi HDS721010DLE630 in the device manager. That's all I know about it.

Whatever you do don't buy a WD black, they are very loud.
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User Info: Shub

Shub
3 years ago#8
WD Reds are pretty quiet but no hard drive is ever 100% quiet. You can always take alternative measures: mount the hard drive to the case using rubberized screws, use some kind of noise isolation material and put it everywhere you can on the walls of the case...
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