View Full Version : looking for quiet hi-capacity external HD

2007-05-11, 06:45
Can anyone recommend a 750 GB - 1 T external hard drive quiet enough for a listening room?
Many thanks

2007-05-11, 08:12
Get an enclosure like this:
- which accepts SATA and IDE, for flexibility.

Then get a suitable drive. I use Samsung Spinpoints, which are generally recognised as being the quietest, but they only go up to 500GB AFAIK. Seagates may be the next best call.

Finally get some vibration dampers like these:



Mark Lanctot
2007-05-11, 08:20
Do they make 1 TB drives yet?

Last I heard Seagate has 750 GB drives, but no 1 TB drives, and they're not as quiet as the Samsung Spinpoints. I have a 250 GB Spinpoint P and it's extremely quiet. I also have the equivalent Seagate - it's quiet overall but noisier than the Samsung for sure.

2007-05-11, 08:28
Hitachi do, at a price: http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/kl.aspx?bn=10096

2007-05-11, 14:31
First, thanks to those who replied to my question.
Second, sounds like there's a consensus that Spinpoints are the quietest out there.
Third, as far as I can tell from websurfing and the replies I've gotten on this forum, the Samsungs only come as internals and that the user must combine it with the proper enclosure, damping gizmos, etc, to use it as an external drive. To be honest, I'm nervous about doing this, since I'm a rank amateur and don't know anything about computer installation etc. Does anyone out there know of a supplier for Spinpoints already enclosed for external use?
Fourth, and finally, anybody know anything about Glyph drives? They're supposed to be used in recording/studio settings and to be quiet and enclosed in damped cases.
Again, thanks for the information you all provided thus far.

2007-05-11, 14:35
Marc Lanctot asked if there were 1 TB drives available. Answer is yes, in fact OWC just put out a 2TB RAID Array consumer drive with firwire, SATA and USB sockets.

Mark Lanctot
2007-05-11, 15:18
Marc Lanctot asked if there were 1 TB drives available. Answer is yes, in fact OWC just put out a 2TB RAID Array consumer drive with firwire, SATA and USB sockets.

I was thinking of sole-device internal drives. Heuer did point to a hideously-expensive one. So I guess if you really, really must have one and are willing to spend $500+ they are out there.

I don't think you can get a SpinPoint or one of those Hitachi 1 TB drives already installed in a case. I see you can get the Seagate 750 GB drive in such a configuration.

Installing such a drive in an external case is pretty easy though, all you need to know how to operate is a screwdriver.

2007-05-11, 15:21
I have a Samsung Spinpoint and a Western Digital Caviar SE16, and they're both very quiet.

This may be of interest:

2007-05-11, 22:48
If you look at off-the-shelf external drives you'll discover that they come with 1 year warranties. It isn't too hard to find 5 year warranties for "internal" drives. What you want to do is buy an "internal" drive and an external drive box and put it together yourself.

Make sure the box you get can handle the drive capacity that you intend to install.

Seagate makes some quiet, 5 year warranty HDDs.


2007-05-12, 12:48
I don't believe that 31/2 hard drives are in any way what i would describe as quiet.

I tried to find a quiet hard drive and gave up. I bought a 2.5 inch hard drive which is very quiet.

I have a PVR which is supposed to be quiet and it isn't. I had to use my patent vibration absorbing techniques.

If you want a quiet machine in a listening room then the best way is to use external storage away from the listening room.

All the best, mike

2007-05-13, 04:39
Something else that might help in reducing the noise of a hard drive is Automatic Accoustic Management.

By default, drives are tuned to give the best performance possible, this can be changed though to sacrifice performance for lower power, heat and noise.


Most drive manufacturers have their own tool for setting this on the drive, but as it is a universal standard, the Hitachi tool is considdered the best and should work with just about any drive.