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    Hard drive for HTPC

    Need to upgrade existing drive on HTPC. Trying to decide between sammy and WD green or ....

    Want low noise, low Power ~ 500Gb and not too expensive. Tempted by SSD but too poor.

    Low noise is the most important.

    Any thoughts ?

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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    Triple your storage and go for a Samsung F2 EcoDrive 1.5TB for £72.

    If ya REALLY REALLY want only 500GB, get a Samsung F3 for £37.

    Oh and if you REALLY REALLY REALLY need it to be silent, you will want an SSD, storage is a bit crap but hey, it'll be silent, and fast.
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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    the htpc I put together at the weekend is pretty quiet, and I don't think the 1.5tb samsung F2 is loud in it. I could hear it seeking, but only with my head about 10cm above the open case.

    Obviously SSD would be silent, but unless the rest of your case is dead silent, I'd be surprised if the samsung caused you noise problems (especially as the HTPC & the drive will presumably be at least a couple of metres away from where you are sitting?)

    Having said that, if you would be happy with slightly lower capacity, you could consider 2.5" drives - they'd be lower power too. Again, imho the F2 would be fine noise wise though. The other option is to suspend the drive or use rubber mounts etc... to cut down on vibrations being transmitted to the case.

    If you are serious about low noise, then you could look at the silent pc review site. There are people on there that are truly obsessive about noise levels, and probably a million and one threads about HDD noise levels .

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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    Quote Originally Posted by nightkhaos View Post
    Oh and if you REALLY REALLY REALLY need it to be silent, you will want an SSD, storage is a bit crap but hey, it'll be silent, and fast.
    If you want real silence decent ear plugs are a must!!


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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    Or just turn up the volume

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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryRW View Post
    the htpc I put together at the weekend is pretty quiet, and I don't think the 1.5tb samsung F2 is loud in it. I could hear it seeking, but only with my head about 10cm above the open case.

    Obviously SSD would be silent, but unless the rest of your case is dead silent, I'd be surprised if the samsung caused you noise problems (especially as the HTPC & the drive will presumably be at least a couple of metres away from where you are sitting?)

    Having said that, if you would be happy with slightly lower capacity, you could consider 2.5" drives - they'd be lower power too. Again, imho the F2 would be fine noise wise though. The other option is to suspend the drive or use rubber mounts etc... to cut down on vibrations being transmitted to the case.

    If you are serious about low noise, then you could look at the silent pc review site. There are people on there that are truly obsessive about noise levels, and probably a million and one threads about HDD noise levels .
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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    Quote Originally Posted by nightkhaos View Post
    Triple your storage and go for a Samsung F2 EcoDrive 1.5TB for £72.
    Very tempting ..... twice the cost but three times the storage ... I think you have persuaded me.

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    Very tempting ..... twice the cost but three times the storage ... I think you have persuaded me.
    I have or I haven't, there is no "I think".
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightkhaos View Post
    I have or I haven't, there is no "I think".
    Well you may or may not have tempted me....

    Another vote for the Sammys. Have 3 F1s and and noise that does come from them is hardly noticable.
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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    Quote Originally Posted by nightkhaos View Post
    I have or I haven't, there is no "I think".
    Have mercy on an old married man.

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    Have mercy on an old married man.
    You now have free shipping (20 posts) for Scan... are you sure I haven't completely convinced you?
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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    Samsung ECo or WD GreenPower are good for large storage.

    I like the idea of the SSD as a boot drive, 40GB models are coming out at good prices, and store media on NAS for a nice & quiet htpc. admittedly you won't be booting it all the time being a HTPC but SSD still feels more responsive than the SATA drives.

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    The only issue with that is that a NAS is noisier then the F2/3 drives!!

    Unless of course, you can put it in a cupboard with a decent network connection
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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    I've got samsung spinpoints in mine, very quiet. It's worth going for a larger disk imo. I think there are excellent value 1TB and 1.5TB drives around.

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    Re: Hard drive for HTPC

    +1 for the Spinpoint F2s.

    Actually... *counts* +4 for the F2s.
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