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Old April 30, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Well, lots of info. The only hdd I've had in my possession to die was a seagate, though not totally soured, I would be if it happened a second time.
I'm a bit skeptical a 7200 drive would be quieter than a slower, low powered one, especially since any seagate drive I've had was louder than other's I've used.
Come to think of it though, one of the work drives might be a 7200.12... I shall have to check.
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Old April 30, 2011, 03:47 PM
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I did a silent build and used WD greens for storage with SSDs for OS and games. The WD greens are inaudible inside my case. I was using WD raptors before and they were the loudest part of the system.
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I'd suggest the Samsung F4. It's also an "eco" drive, but a bit quicker than WD Greens. I don't think it parks itself either, so that should reduce noise.

As for 7200.12 1TBs, I've had 2 die on me, RMA'd both to Seagate, got back 2 refurb drives and one of them died within hours. So that's a total of 3 dead 7200.12 1TB drives, at which point I said "F*** YOU SEAGATE" and removed all Seagate drives from my home server. I'm now running mainly Samsung drives with a few WD Blacks.

There is a reason why the 7200.12 1TB is the cheapest 1TB drive around. Because it's built like crap.
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I'd suggest the Samsung F4. It's also an "eco" drive, but a bit quicker than WD Greens. I don't think it parks itself either, so that should reduce noise.

As for 7200.12 1TBs, I've had 2 die on me, RMA'd both to Seagate, got back 2 refurb drives and one of them died within hours. So that's a total of 3 dead 7200.12 1TB drives, at which point I said "F*** YOU SEAGATE" and removed all Seagate drives from my home server. I'm now running mainly Samsung drives with a few WD Blacks.

There is a reason why the 7200.12 1TB is the cheapest 1TB drive around. Because it's built like crap.
That sadly sounds about right -- built a rig in October 2010 for a friend, used a pair of 1TB 7200.12 in RAID0. Both died within weeks, were replaced, and then at least one died within a few more weeks. Mechanical failure, not software. At that point we said enough, switched to an Intel SSD + WD 750GB.
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That sadly sounds about right -- built a rig in October 2010 for a friend, used a pair of 1TB 7200.12 in RAID0. Both died within weeks, were replaced, and then at least one died within a few more weeks. Mechanical failure, not software. At that point we said enough, switched to an Intel SSD + WD 750GB.
And unfortunately Samsung is killing off their hard drive line and selling it to Seagate, who I'm assuming will just use their own processes. Similar to how Seagate took over Maxtor (which IMO was also very unreliable HDDs).

Soon enough all I'll be buying is WD though hopefully SSDs will become more affordable and larger.
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I'm surprised that only Frontier204 mentioned the case/enclosure.

When I used internal HDDs, I always mounted them with rubber grommets to minimize transfer of vibration and sound through to the case and prolong their service lives.

Now with SSDs evolving faster than Moore's law, the upgrade to each new generation of drives frees up old SSDs from boot duty to be used for higher-speed internal storage. Those old Indilinx and Intel SSDs may be too slow to boot from but they're still faster than HDDs for local high-speed bulk storage and they're totally silent, at least for me. I realize some people have reported audible SSDs but I haven't experienced this in years of SSD use.

Of course if you require multiple terabytes of local storage, HDDs are the only way to go. I have no trouble getting by with a 100GB RevoX2 for booting and 480GB local bulk-storage SSDs with larger archives of movies and ISOs on external HDDs.

Since platter speed is unimportant for bulk storage (especially if it's bottlenecked by USB) there's no sense using noisier 7200RPM HDDs when quieter 5400RPM HDDs will do just fine at a lower cost.
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Green drives take a lot of time to spin up, personally the quietest 3.5" drive I found to be the Seagate 7200.12 at least the 500MB version. Single platter and very quiet also very fast. The Spinpoint F4@2TB spins up faster than the EARS series, quieter also. the Seagate 1 TB 528AS pretty quiet too, had one still regret selling it. WD 10EALS Blue pretty dissapointig, parks the heads all the time despite being a 7200rpm drive. So for quietness Samsung or Seagate.

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I use 2TB greens (EARS) in both my PCs, they're pretty quiet. Heads are parking after being idle for an hour, so it doesn't bother me much.
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WD Greens are by far the quietest drives I've used. Just make sure to insulate for vibration, and you'll have a dead silent drive.
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Hitachi 2TB drives are literally dead silent, i have 3 of them in my computer now and i literally can't hear them. I also have a 500gb single platter 7200.12 and its pretty silent.
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