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# 42878 13-Oct-2009 09:23
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Haven't seen a topic on this for while....or if there has been one I missed it. Last I saw was

Anyway, FYI I need an HDD for my HTPC.....I crack me up.

What I'm after from this thread is some opinions on whether the old info still holds true: silentpc and previous threads seem to hold the WD greens as the holy grail of quiet. However silentpc info seems to be getting old and doesn't stay up to date: eg they're debating the virtues of Seagate 5400.2 vs 5400.3, but I think there's a 5400.6 now. Also, all the discussions slate the WD performance because they're 5400, and yet the greens I see listed now are 7200. So are they still quietest?

Just to throw another slant into the mix - I don't really need that much space. This drive will do OS plus recorded TV, which I don't tend to keep after I've watched. So unless I never get around to watching what I record I'm thinking a couple hundred GB is fine (Win7 seems to go around 6GB per hour).

So am I better to go for a 2.5" drive if I value quiet over space? Don't really care about performance overly as long as it can handle recording a couple of channels at once.

Go for it.....

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  # 263810 14-Oct-2009 09:08
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Yeah I've got the new Western Digital green 7200rpm series 1.5TB and it is silent :) it's quieter than my Samsung 5400. and way way quieter than my Samsung F1 that's in my main Rig :) Definitely recommend it. Check some reviews on the WD Green 7200, they are faster in read and access than the Samsung 5400.

I haven't tried to the Seagate ones yet though well apart from the scorpio 2.5" here but that's 7200rpm and vibrates my net book a touch.

You could also try Tomshardware, i think they had a list of green drive reviews about a month ago :)

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

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