[mythtv] MythTV & Hard Drives

Wayne Johnson mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Sat, 7 Dec 2002 10:45:42 -0600

               The Seagate Barracuda IV is usually considered the
quietest solution available. I has fluid dynamic bearing technology
which quiets the operation alot. If you want to go with something
cheaper, I'd suggest using the noise dampening grommets made by
EAR. Check out http://www.silentpcreview.com/ also as they have alot
of helpful info about quieting computers in general.

Saturday, December 7, 2002, 9:36:13 AM, you wrote:

CL> Hi everyone,

CL> Perhaps some of you can help me out with my little side-project of
CL> specifying a mythTV machine for potential "out of the box" sales.  I've
CL> already had a few friends really impressed with the quality and would like
CL> to see how low a price I can get for a machine.  Thankfully I already have
CL> channels open to distributors, so the end-price should come to about the
CL> same as parting the machine out yourself. (but saving the headaches)

CL> So one thing I wondered today was what the slowest hard drive (running at
CL> its maximum speed) needs to have (transfer-wise) in order to be a viable
CL> candidate for a MythTV box.  I know that laptop HDs have increased in speed
CL> quite a bit while they remain at about 4200RPM.  I think for the desktops, a
CL> 5200RPM drive would almost be sufficient, especially if it had a beefy
CL> buffer on it.  Just wondering what you guys have experienced with slower
CL> drives.  (hdparm speed numbers would be excellent for comparison, too).

CL> Now it appears most of the stuff out there in the sweet price/storage spot
CL> (around 60-100GB, maybe) runs 7200 RPM so I don't know how viable it is to
CL> even look for the 5400RPMs (and save a measley 15-20 bucks).  I'm looking to
CL> choose for silence before anything else, really.

CL> Any ideas?  Comments?  I would also appreciate any comments (from
CL> experience) about the sound difference between the Maxtor FDB 7200RPM models
CL> vs. the WD FDB 7200RPM models?  The numbers on the respective web pages
CL> favour the Maxtor, but the one I have here is faaaar louder than any other
CL> 7200RPM drive I've owned from IBM (from years back), so I don't know how
CL> they obtained their measurements.  (Perhaps the posterior extraction method
CL> was employed...)  ;)

CL> Any feedback would be excellent.

CL> Thanks,
CL> Chris

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Best regards,
 Wayne                            mailto:bigman1@alltel.net