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    Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    Hi all, request for some advice please....
    Have built an Ubuntu box (mATX, Celeron 700, 384MB PC100, GeForce 2MX so it's a real flyer ) but the hard drive is old, slow and loud (I think it's 4 to 5 years old, and about 20GB). I know it'll never be a super system, but i know the whole system will respond so much faster with a modern hard drive in, as well as being much quieter.

    The system was a 'use spare parts only' idea so initially didnt want to spend even £1 on it, but am now willing to spend up to £30 on the hard drive.
    Which hard drives of the 160GB to 250Gb range have only 1 platter? I want the fastest, cheapest, quietest performer

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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    As HDs only recently got up to that sort of density, it unlikely that you'll find one with 1 platter at 160GB. The same applies to price. There is this - looks like the best of the bunch:

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    I use Samsung drives - they do seem pretty quiet.
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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    Thanks for that. The P80 series appears to be pretty cheap, but is 2 or 3 generations behind their new T166 range, although Scan's T133 range starts at £45, so i guess i need to lower my sights a little.
    i totally don't NEED the latest, but, well, you know....
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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    You can get 160 single platters now fairly easily, for example:

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
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    That one also has acoustic management.

    Review of the SATA version of the same drive:
    AnandTech: Western Digital WD1600AAJS: 160GB Served on Single Platter

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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    Perfect, thank you

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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    Now there I was trying to avoid the WD drives!
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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    My 160GB PATA SP160N from a few years ago is significantly quieter than any other drive I've used, including two recent samsung spinpoints and a wd.

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    Re: Cheapest, quietest largish capacity PATA hard drive?

    I'd backup the Samsung SP160N support. I have had two in the past and they are great. I only got rid of them due to sale of the machine they were in.

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