Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




4795 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3389

Lifetime subscriber

Topic # 171862 3-May-2015 21:00
Send private message

I am building a small form factor desktop PC for general use (not gaming).
I want it to be as quiet as possible.
It will have an SSD plus one 3.5" HDD for data (speed is not important, silence is)
The graphics card is fanless and there is one slow, quiet, 20cm case fan.

Which HDD is quietest?  I can't afford a 1TB SSD undecided

(I have spare WD green drives but don't like the way they close down every few minutes)

Your thoughts?




Sideface


Create new topic
21983 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4642

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1296279 3-May-2015 21:01
Send private message

Ive found that in my current case which has little rubber things for the HDD that seek noise is prettymuch gone on a WD red and a WD blue in it.

Spinup noise is still there but thats a once only thing.




Richard rich.ms

6857 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2293
Inactive user


  Reply # 1296280 3-May-2015 21:03
Send private message

WD green haha

 
 
 
 


1245 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 137


  Reply # 1296281 3-May-2015 21:08
Send private message

would you consider a 1/2TB 2.5" ? they are probably the best for what you need to do

5406 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2466

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1296283 3-May-2015 21:11
Send private message

Yea, 2.5inch 5400 RPM.





Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend from $150 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
I install - Naked DSL, DSL Master Splitters, VoIP, data cabling and general computer support for home and small business.
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour

 

Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com


1828 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 215
Inactive user


  Reply # 1296286 3-May-2015 21:16
Send private message

or you could use a Western Digital RE HDD like this one WDC WD2003FYYS it's an RE4 7200rpm 64MB cache and quiter than a mouse farting 

14637 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2719

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1296287 3-May-2015 21:17
Send private message

The quietest HDD is the one in another room, eg NAS. But you may want a 5400 RPM drive, not 7200.

1828 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 215
Inactive user


  Reply # 1296301 3-May-2015 21:42
Send private message

timmmay: The quietest HDD is the one in another room, eg NAS. But you may want a 5400 RPM drive, not 7200.


I sit right next to my case and use only 7200rpm HDD's I can't hear any of them how they are mounted make a big difference all my HDD's have silicone supports so no vibrations going into the case when it's working hard



4795 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3389

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1297577 4-May-2015 12:33
One person supports this post
Send private message

Thank you all for your suggestions wink

It would be difficult to install a second 2.5" drive in this enclosure, and as I need more than 2TB of storage, I'll stick to a 3.5" HDD on neoprene mounts.
The WD RE4s sound great, but are too expensive.

I've decided to use a 4TB WD Red as my secondary drive.

WD Red drives use "Intellipower" technology, which provides RPMs between 5,400-7,200rpm, and Reds don't the have the aggressive head parking ("IntelliPark") of WD Greens.

I'm using Reds in my 3 NAS units, all of which run quietly.




Sideface


770 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 326

Subscriber

  Reply # 1297618 4-May-2015 13:07
One person supports this post
Send private message

Sideface: I am building a small form factor desktop PC for general use (not gaming).
I want it to be as quiet as possible.
It will have an SSD plus one 3.5" HDD for data (speed is not important, silence is)
The graphics card is fanless and there is one slow, quiet, 20cm case fan.

Which HDD is quietest?  I can't afford a 1TB SSD undecided

(I have spare WD green drives but don't like the way they close down every few minutes)

Your thoughts?


I neutered the spindown on my green drives using WDIDLE.exe. They are still pants but now less so.










4795 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3389

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1300419 8-May-2015 09:08
Send private message

gbwelly:
Sideface: (I have spare WD green drives but don't like the way they close down every few minutes)

I neutered the spindown on my green drives using WDIDLE.exe. They are still pants but now less so.


+1

Thanks for this advice - saved me some money  smile

I have several spare WD Greens, and suddenly they have become useful again.

I downloaded  the WDIDLE3 tool in FreeDOS image format and burnt a boot CD.

No data was lost despite tweaking the Greens.




Sideface


15 posts

Geek


  Reply # 1302661 12-May-2015 11:48
Send private message

Hi @Sideface, for a truly quiet computer, many 3.5" drives vibrate a bit too much to simply bolt into the case normally. A lot of the noise depends on how the hard drive is mounted in a PC. Vibration dampeners work wonders compares to a drive mounted directly to a metal frame with screws. They tend to vibrate the whole case which can get transferred to whatever the PC is sitting on wether it be on the floor/desk/entertainment center.

What you could do is have a SSD boot drive so you don't have to access your hard drive as often so you won't hear it. That being said, you might want to check out WD Black² Dual Drives (120GB SSD + 1TB HDD). The WD Black 2 Dual Drive is an affordable dual-drive solution with ample space for both laptops and desktops, and is an excellent choice as a replacement drive.

Source: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=jOW8Pc

I hope you find the above information useful.

Cheers!



4795 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3389

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1302728 12-May-2015 13:24
Send private message

tommywd: Hi @Sideface, for a truly quiet computer, many 3.5" drives vibrate a bit too much to simply bolt into the case normally. A lot of the noise depends on how the hard drive is mounted in a PC. Vibration dampeners work wonders compares to a drive mounted directly to a metal frame with screws. They tend to vibrate the whole case which can get transferred to whatever the PC is sitting on wether it be on the floor/desk/entertainment center.

What you could do is have a SSD boot drive so you don't have to access your hard drive as often so you won't hear it. That being said, you might want to check out WD Black² Dual Drives (120GB SSD + 1TB HDD). The WD Black 2 Dual Drive is an affordable dual-drive solution with ample space for both laptops and desktops, and is an excellent choice as a replacement drive.

Source: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=jOW8Pc

I hope you find the above information useful.

Cheers!


Thanks.
I am using an SSD boot drive and one 3.5" WD green HDD mounted on neoprene dampers (HDD modified to defeat "IntelliPark").
The graphics card is fanless, and there is only one large, slow, and very quiet case fan.
Result: near silence.

PS  I'm already using a 120GB/1TB WD Black dual drive in an Intel NUC - it works well and is very quiet (but $$$).




Sideface


14637 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2719

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1302749 12-May-2015 13:32
Send private message

The problem with spinning disks (of which I have I think three in my PC) is the spin up time. Even the good quality HGST 7200rpm drives take a while to spin up - plus in storage spaces RAID I'm starting to wonder if they spin up in series not parallel. I find this happens all kinds of random times - starting FileZilla (which is on the SSD), starting other random programs (which are on the SSD), etc.

21983 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4642

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1302803 12-May-2015 14:06
Send private message

Thats why I have kicked all spinning media storage out of the desktop PCs onto other machines and shared.

Even a shared drive in windows performance is good enough to not really bother me. Im not going to the stage of editing 4k video off them or anything, but as far as storing media, photos, not in play parts of the steam library etc they work just fine.




Richard rich.ms

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Orcon announces new always-on internet service for Small Business
Posted 18-Apr-2019 10:19


Spark Sport prices for Rugby World Cup 2019 announced
Posted 16-Apr-2019 07:58


2degrees launches new unlimited mobile plan
Posted 15-Apr-2019 09:35


Redgate brings together major industry speakers for SQL in the City Summits
Posted 13-Apr-2019 12:35


Exported honey authenticated on Blockchain
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:19


HPE and Nutanix partner to deliver hybrid cloud as a service
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:12


Southern Cross and ASN sign contract for Southern Cross NEXT
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:09


Data security top New Zealand consumer priority when choosing a bank
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:07


Samsung announces first 8K screens to hit New Zealand
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:03


New cyber-protection and insurance product for businesses launched in APAC
Posted 10-Apr-2019 20:59


Kiwis ensure streaming is never interrupted by opting for uncapped broadband plans
Posted 7-Apr-2019 09:05


DHL Express introduces new MyDHL+ online portal to make shipping easier
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:51


RackWare hybrid cloud platform removes barriers to enterprise cloud adoption
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:50


Top partner named at MYOB High Achievers Awards
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:48


Great ideas start in Gisborne with hackathon event back for another round
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:42



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.