[mythtv-users] Fast Quiet Sata drive?

Christopher Kerr mythtv at theseekerr.com
Wed Mar 16 01:41:26 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 2:36 AM, Ed W <lists at wildgooses.com> wrote:
> On 15/03/2011 14:25, Ken Mandelberg wrote:
>> Right now I'm running an Hitachi 2TB drive ( Deskstar 7K2000
>> HDS722020ALA330) over usb on my living room backend/frontend. This is a
>> really noisy drive.
>> I would like to replace it with something quieter, but I do record as
>> many as 4 HD Mpg streams at once, and can't afford to lose much performance.
>> Any suggestion on a 2TB drive that would be significantly quieter but
>> still have sufficient performance?
> Although more expensive I find the 2.5" drives MUCH quieter.  I think
> the largest you can get is around 1TB at present, but even 2x 2.5"
> drives is smaller and I think quieter than 1x 3.5" drive?
> Note I have spent many years building silent systems and they all really
> seem to fail in various ways. Beware heat killing your drive with any of
> these enclosures, however, without an enclosure the drive will nearly
> always be too loud (if you are fussy)
> Another option is a small silent boot drive and mount the main storage
> somewhere you can't hear it over gigabit...
> Good luck
> Ed W
> P.S.  The F3/F4 drives are pretty quiet for 3.5" drives.  I have around
> 8x them in one of my machines

Except if you're sensitive to head noise - the noise the heads make
when the drive spins up after sleep is positively alarming (on my
F3's, anyway).

- Chris

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