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Quiet HD's... Which Ones Do You Like?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by MightyMilk, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. MightyMilk

    MightyMilk Guest

    i need to get two new HDs for my new DAW. one for the OS and one for storage. i need quiet ones, are any particular models more quiet than others? (i use WD personally) any specific things you look for besides seek times and 7,200rpm?
  2. music293

    music293 Active Member

    A solid-state drive might be worth looking into, as there is no platter in the drive to spin up each time you access it, there for it runs quieter (zero noise) and quicker, and much cooler.
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Do you own an ssd?
  4. music293

    music293 Active Member

    If you're addressing me, the answer is no...

    However, I have played with them, and read plenty about them...all the info is there!
  5. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    The average joe is just not going to spend the money on one of these.
    It's too high a cost per gig for solid state verses an off the shelf drive.
  6. music293

    music293 Active Member

    I believe the question up for debate was whether or not there were quieter models of HDs available...not whether or not they were expensive or cheap. Further, if a completely silent HD is something this person needs due to the fact they're operating right next to their DAW, maybe it's worth the bucks? Even further, solid state drives are better anyways as their response times are next to nothing! :)
  7. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Fair enough.

    Look into a firewire chassis and get the longest cable available so to have the cheaper off the shelf drive in another room of the studio:)

    Quiet, cheap and easy.

    A WHOLE lot like me!!
  8. music293

    music293 Active Member

    Haha! I like it! That just might be the way to do it!
  9. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    I've found WD's to be the quietest with Seagates running a close second. Maxtors and Samsungs are not far behind that. Hitachi and most others are a little louder than I prefer for audio.

    I general most newer SATA drives are more than quiet enough for audio. Older IDE Drives tend to make considerably more noise.

    Any new drive you choose should be fine as far as noise is concerned
  10. music293

    music293 Active Member

    I have a Seagate and I absolutely love it...it's nice and quiet, and if it acts up, I just slap it like it's Momma should've....

    Try not to take me too seriously :)
  11. I have a western digital in my computer. It is very quiet and its an older IDE drive. As my external I have a Fantom drive and I love it. Barely any noise, cool case, and has an esata connection like I like. Bought it on sale for $100.00 too at compusa.

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