[mythtv-users] Hard drive recommendation

Boyd II, Willy wboyd at fulbright.com
Mon Mar 1 10:48:55 EST 2004

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Isaac Richards [mailto:ijr at po.cwru.edu] 
>Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 8:04 PM
>To: Discussion about mythtv
>Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Hard drive recommendation
>On Sunday 22 February 2004 07:59 am, Joseph A. Caputo wrote:
>> On Friday 20 February 2004 18:48, J. Donavan Stanley wrote:
>> > Chris Petersen wrote:
>> > >>Look into the Barracuda 7200.7 line...
>> > >
>> > >Speaking of which, I think there is a deal for one of 
>these listed at
>> > >techbargains.com right now..   $130 or so for a 200G drive.
>> >
>> > I've got the 200gb 7200.7 in my main Myth box.  It's hot, but I've 
>> > never heard it running, not even during boot up.
>> Yeah, I got one of these a little while back via the rebate CompUSA 
>> was offering ($100 after rebates), and I was quite surprised & 
>> impressed at how quiet it is.  I can never hear it running at all, 
>> even when there's a lot of disk activity.
>> I hear the Barracuda V is even quieter, if that's possible.
>Just an update on the Seagate 7200.7:  I bought a 200GB 7200.7 
>last week, and 
>it exhibits the behavior described here:
>Basically, when the drive is idle for a a little bit, it will, 
>all on its own, 
>decide to start seeking around and reading mass amounts of data.
>It's relatively loud and very annoying, when the computer 
>would otherwise be 
>quiet.  I've worked around this by running a little shell 
>script that runs 
>'hdparm -I /dev/hdb' every second to prevent the drive from ever being 
>detected as idle, but that's not really an ideal solution.  I 
>certainly would 
>not have bought the drive if I had known of this in advance.

FWIW, I have the exact same drive, with no problems at all.

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