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Most silent 3.5" HDDs for Raid

Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by im late, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. im late

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    I have several devices at home which stream content from my Plex server (my PC which is on 24/7).

    So it was a very silent build.....until I added the 3.5" HDDs.

    They are not too bad...but being the fact they are enterprise drives and 7.2K, they were of course designed to sit in a noisy server room..not in a home PC.. :D

    So, which drives do you guys use to store your content if the drivers are in your PC and you like a silent optimized PC?

    Are WD Reds pretty much the most silent and raid ready?

    Or are there other makes/models you guys use?
     
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    make a separate box for your server and put it another room :thumbup:
     
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    I wrote silent HDD..........
     
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    Not an option anymore.
     
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    it's always an option, just use your imagination :)

    my NAS is in the ceiling space :lol:
     
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    I simply asking if anyone else if they have used drives in their own computers and which ones they went to for silence optimized.
     
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    Why did you choose noisy enterprise drives? they are only useful for performance, reliability and for the TLER function in hardware arrays and all of these attributes can be replaced by using much cheaper consumer drives with ZFS. The best drives for noise would be 5400 RPM ones like Hitachi coolspins if you can still find anything like them available followed by any 7200 RPM drives. The manufacturers usually do specify decibel limits in their documentation. Also check if you have the AAM setting available which I had in my Samsung drives and change that to the lowest setting possible (usually 0) as that will reduce head actuator noise.
     
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    if you just running your system for media.. why u need raid?
     
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    any 5400/5900 rpm drive, if silence is what you're after, go to Bunnings or Clark rubber and buy some foam strips to make some "caps" for the ends of the HDDs then just sit them somewhere, don't use the drive bays, not even with rubber grommets.
     
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    I did not "choose", these are what I have now. Will sell them off if I can find suitable drives.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    It does not just hold movies, it holds important data. So I have this raid and cloud.... but this is going off topic now...
     
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    WD reds get quite noisy when raising a sweat.
    mind you, Whilst I wouldn't go so rural as terrastrife has suggested he is onto something: how a drive is mounted is at least as important as the drive itself when it comes to noise. The trick is getting the drive mounted quietly whilst maintaining ventilation, and in that sense you may do better using 2.5" drives instead. I know you stated you were after 3.5" drives, but 2.5" drives tend to be significantly quieter, (I looked, 2-3dB less: that's a lot) and you can get quite large ones for not a lot more than 3.5" drives if you're not picky (and in your situation I doubt performance is a primary consideration). If the chassis you have only has 3.5" mounts get a cradle.

    Callan
     
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    If you don't want to go 2.5 inch drives then helium drives are the quietest in that size apart from ssd.

    But the issue isn't drive noise but keeping them cool
     
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    Update.

    I just went with a WD Blue 3TB in my HTPC. Very silent. :thumbup:

    And a Verbatim 4TB USB3.0 external connected to my Asus DSL-AC68U (as the backup device).
     
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    I have a Seagate 3.5" BarraCuda PRO 10TB that is helium filled and its far from quiet.
     
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    You can also go for silent case. The foam insulation in the case made a big difference.

    I use coolermaster silencio series as my HTPC/ NAS, nothing fancy but it helps.
    1 x noctua silent fan intake,
    Corsair h60 with silent noctua fans as exhaust
    Asus strix gtx1050ti with zero fan tech.
    Seasonic 400w platinum fanless
    3 x 4tb greens.
    1 x Seagate
    64gb ssd.

    I don’t use raid as I keep a separate offline backup but even in my living room it is very quite.
     

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