[mythtv-users] Quiet, reliable hard drives

Tim Draper veehexx at zoho.com
Mon Dec 11 21:19:52 UTC 2017

 ---- On Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:48:23 +0000 Mark Wedel <mwedel at sonic.net> wrote ---- 
 >   Any recommendations for a quiet & reliable hard drive for mythtv?  SSD would  
 > fit the bill, but at 2 TB capacity (what I'm looking at), still a bit pricey. 
 >   I'm currently running 2 machines - a system with enterprise quality HD that  
 > stores the data in a far way room (drives going on 5 years of operation and  
 > still strong) and a frontend/main linux computer with all SSD.  Ideally, I'd  
 > like to consolidate, but those enterprised HDs are quite noisy, and I like the  
 > relatively quietness I have now. 
 >   Mythtv pretty much never records more than 1 thing at a time.  The storage is  
 > also used for zoneminder & other minor storage use. 
 >   I'm tempted by the 2.5" lap top drives - those generally seem quieter & lower  
 > power, but I'm not sure if they'd be up to long term use.  Though the Firecuda  
 > comes with a 5 year warranty, suggesting some degree of robustness. 
 >   I currently mirror all of my data, and I'd probably want to do that with the  
 > new setup.  I'll probably free up an SSD, so can use that as read/write cache. 
 >   Looking for thoughts/suggestions. 
 >   Thanks. 

i too would like to fully SSD my home server, but a raid1 of 4TB's is prohibitly expensive for a nicety.
are you interested in a new case? best advice i can give is one with HDD vibration kits. some sort of rubber mounted mechanism really is the way to go.

i personally go for WD or Hitachi for mechanical. fwiw, crucial for SSD.

aside from performance, i've not had much issue between 2.5 or 3.5 drives, they've all been much of a muchness for reliability.

your setup sounds similar to mine. I'm running a Pentium G3240, 6GB ram, ssd boot, 2x 4tb WD Red in raid1, and the quietest 2.5" drive i could find for mythtv recordings which turned out to be a spare 250gb WD laptop HDD. The Reds had an annoying churning noise when mythtv recording. ZM runs as a partition on the raid1 Red to go with file server.

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