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    recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Can anyone recommend a quiet harddrive for a media center, around the 500Gig mark.

    A friend is asking me and I'm out of touch on drives at the moment.
    Last I looked into 3 or 4 years ago Samsungs were the ones to go for, what's
    the situation now?

    He's currently got a seagate 7200.6 which has got a really annoying seek noise.
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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Samsungs are quiet but, I think the WD green powers are pretty good too.

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    yeh silent pc review rated the wd green caviar

    insert link here: www.google.co.uk sorry lazy n that

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Id go for a Samsung, excellent performance and damn quiet.

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Samsungs are quiet but, I think the WD green powers are pretty good too.
    Another vote for WD Green Power... I use the 500GB in my media centre, and it's quiet but still quite fast.

    I believe WD also make some targeted at AV applications which are also allegedly quiet. Check out their website

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Spinpoints are widely regarded as the quietest

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Got a few Samsungs kickin about here. They are virtually silent. My fans on low are louder (which is something I should really look).

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    Spinpoints are widely regarded as the quietest
    Spinpoints knee in front of WD Greenpower drives.

    4 of those WD Greenpower drives is more quiet than one Spinpoint drive I have.
    Then 5 of those drives together is FAR less quiet than any of my Seagate drives.
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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Try the green powers.

    I've replaced all of the drives in my WHS with them
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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Quote Originally Posted by arthurleung View Post
    Spinpoints knee in front of WD Greenpower drives.

    4 of those WD Greenpower drives is more quiet than one Spinpoint drive I have.
    Then 5 of those drives together is FAR less quiet than any of my Seagate drives.
    It opinion.
    I had 2 WD's in RAID 0 before i ran my 2 Spinpoints in RAID 0 and the Samsungs are noticeably quieter

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Seeing as no one has recommended a Seagate yet I'll throw this one into the mix

    500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12

    It has a single 500GB platter so it is slim, quiet, cool and quick according to most of the reviews on Newegg. Also see Hexus reader review

    Samsung also do a 500GB single platter that runs at 5400rpm which should also be slim and quiet. Can't find the performance figures I was looking at atm. There was obviously some performance hit but the increased data density went some way to compensate.

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    Seagate? No way. Mine are noisy as heck!

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    Thanks everyone!
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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    samsung has a tool you can use to make their drives run quieter at the cost of speed..
    it's a toss up between that and the wd green drives

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    Re: recommend quiet hard drive for media center

    I'd recommend the Samsung if you want to get a quiet one.
    Last edited by tonnysand117; 03-03-2009 at 05:53 AM.

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