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Abraxus#
02-05-09, 01:28 PM
I just started looking for a new HDD to replace my WD Raptor X - this is because i'm sick of the extremely loud, crunching, clockwork noises it makes. It is damn noisy :thumbdwn:

However, the choice out there seems pretty endless and I cant bring myself to spend hours researching it, so i'd appreciate recommendations for a drive that is significantly quieter than the Raptor but preferably as fast or faster. It needs to be ~150-250GB (I don't need more than that).

I know SSD's are big at the moment but they're not likely to get cheaper for a while and i've read that the lesser versions can be pretty slow.

mullet
02-05-09, 11:36 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-SlickDeals&cm_mmc=AFC-SlickDeals-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16822136319

nekrosoft13
02-05-09, 11:45 PM
good drive mullet, but the new seagate with 500 platters is better deal

for speed and silence less platters is always better, less spinning platters = less noise

higher density = more speed.

sillyeagle
02-06-09, 12:04 AM
I was in the same boat, could not stand all the noise of my RaptorX. What I found was the new Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 single platter 500GB. It's only half the thickness of the RaptorX, and its the quietest drive I've owned, can't even hear it at boot. Plus with that kind of density it's fast, and Seagate says it has a 160MB/s max sustained transfer.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

CaptNKILL
02-06-09, 12:36 AM
I was in the same boat, could not stand all the noise of my RaptorX. What I found was the new Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 single platter 500GB. It's only half the thickness of the RaptorX, and its the quietest drive I've owned, can't even hear it at boot. Plus with that kind of density it's fast, and Seagate says it has a 160MB/s max sustained transfer.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

Why are there two 500Gb 7200.12 drives with 16Mb cache?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148377

This one has a lot of reviews and a surprising number of DOA complaints...

Abraxus#
02-06-09, 06:33 AM
The Western Digital 640GB looks good, but could I get something faster with less capacity for similar money?

I would never get near filling 640GB - I'm currently using 84GB of my 150GB Raptor.

Dazz
02-06-09, 01:11 PM
320GB single platter drives are fast and quiet. I would recomend them if SSD is out of reach.

sillyeagle
02-06-09, 04:19 PM
Why are there two 500Gb 7200.12 drives with 16Mb cache?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148377

This one has a lot of reviews and a surprising number of DOA complaints...

Closest thing to an amswer that you will find it here:
http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1387801

Seagate support is clueless as the the difference, and seems to ignore or delete threads with this question on their forum.

I did pull these from the [H] thread. Looks like the fastest 7200rpm drive available.

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj252/epimetheus13/HDTune_Read_Benchmark_ST3500410AS.png

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj252/epimetheus13/HDTune_Write_Benchmark_ST3500410AS.png