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Are there differences in noise levels in hard drive brands of the same size and specs? I'm thinking about purchasing an auxilliary internal drive (20-40 meg, 7200 rpm). Any particular brand you would recommend (or not) from a noise standpoint?
 

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I've got an IBM 40GB drive that shipped in my desktop and an added internal Seagate 20GB. They're not too loud. It's a slightly louder with the second drive, but not much. Then again, I generally have the radio on when working.
 

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We find IBMs the most noisy when new.
Maxtor most noisy when aging :eek: they can get LOUD
Maxtor Liquid bearing pretty quiet and likely to stay so ( they KNOW they had a problem)
The 40 gig WD w 8 meg cache is quiet the 80 and 120s a bit noisier
Seagates seem very quiet these days - the 40 gig with the rubber jacket is very quiet but only 5400 RPM.
Unless you are doing digital audio or video the 5400 rpm are quiet and reliable - that's what I use for backup.
Michael your best route might be the 40 gig WD if you want speed and quiet and 3 year warranty. I mean it is a truly FAST drive. :D



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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by macdoc:
40 gig WD w 8 meg cache is quiet<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

What is a WD?

thx
 

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TOUCHDOWN!!!

The Western Digital ones with the large cache sizes are among the quieter ones i have heard these days.

The Maxtor 40GB 7200 RPM Drive is not too bad though, and priced farily attractively these days.

--PB
 

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