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    Silent external disks

    Hi,
    I just got a new iMac which is silent. I'm looking for an external drive with:

    Firewire-800
    RAID-1
    1.5-2TB in size
    As quiet as possible

    Can anyone recommend one? I've looked at the MyBooks etc, but I can't find reviews with which one is the quietest.

    I have a hardware RAID-5 storage array, and whilst that's very good, it's also very noisy.

    Cheers...

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    Re: Silent external disks

    LaCie and Freecom seem to be the two more common Firewire drives. I would have recommended something like an Akasa enclosure and a Samsung drive - the drive is quiet, and the enclosure fanless - but no firewire!
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    Re: Silent external disks

    I'm using a Samsung drive in an icybox. While it is fanless the HD sits snugly against the casing and so any vibrations are transferred to whatever it's sitting on. It seemed to be attuned to the natural frequency of my desk so I put it on a piece of foam but you can still hear the usual HD noises which can be noticable when it's next to a quiet computer.

    Could you perhaps relocated the storage array or place some kind of barrier between you and it? Or make it a big foamy house to live in?

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    Re: Silent external disks

    @peterb - That's what I have for my MacMini media centre. It's OK, but I'd prefer firewire for faster disk access as it'll be being used for VMWare appliances etc.

    @Prismatic - You are kidding right? Cover something with a big fan for cooling in foam? Way to start a fire Unfortunately there's nowhere I can really put the disk array. It was in a cupboard under the stairs, but tended to overheat in the summer.

    Looks like I'll have to just plump for one of the Lacie/Freecom ones and hope.....

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    Re: Silent external disks

    I did a quick Google and came up with this

    Firewire External Hard Drive Enclosures and Cases

    About half way down the page - not cheap though.

    Edit - specific info here

    Shop21: iPod Accessories, iTrips, Digital Audio, Video, Storage & Cables

    It isn't fanless, and it only implies that SATA is supported (unless I missed something with a quick look) - but it might be worth giving the company a call.

    The mfrs website

    WiebeTech Micro Storage Solutions - SilverSATA™ Series - External FireWire and USB SATA hard drive Enclosure

    Silver Sata 2 FH has firewire and SATA support.
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    Re: Silent external disks

    what about this - I can't find out how noisy it is, but everything else is ticked.

    I found my Yes box fan too noisey and changed it for a 'silent' 40mm version and held it in place using silicon barbs. *Almost* inaudible, apart from the clunks of the hdd.

    I hope this helps anyway

    EDIT: Oh - and it's on Today Only
    Last edited by M0nkeyb0Y; 23-01-2008 at 06:11 PM. Reason: money saving addition

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