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by kamina
Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 47353

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

Interestingly it seems that a lot of people who have been complaining about the loud clunking sound seem to have RMA'd the drives and received more silent ones in return.
by kamina
Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:30 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives
Replies: 21
Views: 18907

Re: Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives

I don't know if this affects 6TB models since they might have been released after? The whole thing sounds weird, but at the same time, WD did make quite a significant change to the specs on seek noise, and it would seem like there is a lot more people around the internet complaining about loud seeks...
by kamina
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 47353

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

All new Reds in sale are now the louder ones. I'm not sure if the difference begins with NasWare 2.0 vs NasWare. I think they did it to increase performance (they must internally disable Automatic Acoustic Management). By HDTune, average seek is better now - 16 vs 21 ms, but hell they are so loud n...
by kamina
Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:58 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives
Replies: 21
Views: 18907

Re: Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives

Are the WD Red 3 & 4TB reviews still relevant? I'm planning on building a new NAS and was wondering why so many people where complaining about loud seeks (only when using WD Reds). Seems even here there is some mention about it on one thread: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=...
by kamina
Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: please critique my home ZFS build
Replies: 55
Views: 14631

Re: please critique my home ZFS build

Are you planning on doing a review? How noisy is the 40mm fan? Do you think it could be made silent? Yes. Have not isolated just that fan yet. Measured only whole system so far. Probably can be made effectively silent -- or very quiet. It's a very low power CPU/PC so... Thanks, any ETA on when you'...
by kamina
Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: please critique my home ZFS build
Replies: 55
Views: 14631

Re: please critique my home ZFS build

As long as you don't need to grow beyond 4 drives, the HP Proliant Microserver might work for you. WOW! That's perfect! A whole system that supports ECC RAM for $300! And it's cooled with a 120mm fan! I just ordered two of them; thank you! Not exactly just one 120mm fan. There's also a wee 40mm fan...
by kamina
Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:18 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is it me or have things slowed down considerably?
Replies: 44
Views: 22757

Or is it that the baseline noise of average PCs has gone down so much lately that silencing them isn't so interesting to a wide audience? This would be my guess. Also manufacturers are paying more attention to the amount of noise their products put out. A few years ago you would be lucky to see a m...
by kamina
Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC
Replies: 51
Views: 25601

So, it is not a 'horsepower' issue. It seems to be an issue on Hulu's side. I sent their support team an email. No telling what is wrong. Why is technology still so damn difficult?! It's 2010 for gods sake Are you saying it's not a horse power issue because other sites work with higher resolution, ...
by kamina
Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC
Replies: 51
Views: 25601

AlexNC, you would'nt happen to have the chance to pop it open and see if a thicker (3mm thicker then standard) drive would fit inside? are you speaking of the WD VelociRaptor? Trying to understand why you'd want a Veloci in a nettop... No, I'm thinking of the new 1TB WD 2.5" WD10TEVT model. I've al...
by kamina
Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC
Replies: 51
Views: 25601

AlexNC, you would'nt happen to have the chance to pop it open and see if a thicker (3mm thicker then standard) drive would fit inside? Hopefully I get mine on Monday or Tuesday and would like to get a bigger drive right away... edit: opened and confirmed, only standard thickness will fit. There is a...
by kamina
Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus EeeBox EB1501 ION Mini-PC
Replies: 51
Views: 25601

I just ordered one of these today, and for some reason came to find opinions here after ordering rather then before. I was ready to kick myself when I saw a review up, fearing it will be a big pile of poo, but nice to see you liked it. :D I should have it in a few days, will install Linux and XBMC. ...
by kamina
Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Looking for Aluminum Macbook or MBP Power Consumption
Replies: 14
Views: 10143

I just got a unibody macbook today at work and a WD Scorpio Black HD with it. I feel the whole enclosure resonating, and hear quite an annoying buzz whenever the machine is on anything that reflects sound. Laying my hand on it does muffle it up a bit. I just ran it without the disk inside and the ma...
by kamina
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS Previews
Replies: 89
Views: 32210

RAID 0 (striped) increases performance very little, if at all, IIANM. Here's one example of RAID 0 vs. non-RAID: http://www.nextlevelhardware.com/storage/barracudaraid/ That is just so skewed. How can his random access time go down by 40% when running raid 0 vs. single drive? Obviously he has done ...
by kamina
Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS Previews
Replies: 89
Views: 32210

They have pre-orders on scan.co.uk the price is absolutely crazy! http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=806694 £252!!! I was tempted by this hard drive, and if it had been £150, which in my oppinion is expensive I may have considered one, but at £252 there is no way on eart...
by kamina
Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:38 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5266

I've been using the TS-109 for about a week and so far it seems pretty nice. As mentioned there is no fan, so the only sound comes from the hard disk. I have an older 400GB WD "KS" drive which was never very silent, and I think it's actually more muted in the case then it was in a computers case. I'...
by kamina
Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5266

Yeah, I had looked them through, but forgotten them since they had no local importer. How when I checked again, it seems the largest importer we have in the country has taken them in stock. So I could probably get them from just about any computer store. Thanks! Now to find out how noisy the TS-209 ...
by kamina
Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5266

Thanks. We have one of the old Terastation Pro's at the office and while it's not loud, I can clearly hear it's sound when standing next to it. Usually I consider this to mean that it would seem very loud at home. I found a lot of talk about the noise produced by the Synology DS-207+ on their own fo...
by kamina
Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5266

Thanks for the response.. I guess the 60mm fan could be changed if it's too noisy. Is the connector standard?
by kamina
Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Synology NAS experiences?
Replies: 9
Views: 5266

Synology NAS experiences?

I'm still contemplating on getting a NAS, but there is no good info available on the noise levels they produce. I'm especially intrested in the Synology DS-207+ as it seems to perform very well, has working afp and ssh access (so you can install separate apps if you want). I have also been consideri...
by kamina
Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody using the Western Digital 500 GB My Book (USB)?
Replies: 12
Views: 5616

I had it on top of a not very sturdy wooden table yesterday during my testing, and it did not vibrate a lot. I have heard others complaining theirs vibrate, so I don't really know what to think. The poing sound is definatly coming from the disk itself. I only hear it when I disconnect the drive manu...
by kamina
Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody using the Western Digital 500 GB My Book (USB)?
Replies: 12
Views: 5616

Heh :D So I just took the drive away from under the table, and started to have a closer look at it. I could not find a fan... So actually there is not one. The main sound comes from the HD spinning. Seeks and writes are extremely silent apart from an occasional positioning of the head when it wakes ...
by kamina
Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody using the Western Digital 500 GB My Book (USB)?
Replies: 12
Views: 5616

I got it yesterday, but used it at the office till now. It's clearly more silent then all of the drives we have there (Maxtor and LaCie), but the environment is not good for judging noisiness. I brought it home tonight, but plugged it in so it was under the desk. Like that I could not hear anything,...
by kamina
Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: iMac - noisy hard disk
Replies: 9
Views: 5769

I can accept that. I can definatly hear sound from the imac, more sound then my last pc made. Actually my last pc was inaudible with the case open, but when I closed it there was a faint hum (alot less then the imac). If it was made from proprietary parts I would void the warrenty and look into chan...
by kamina
Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: iMac - noisy hard disk
Replies: 9
Views: 5769

The exact model of my drive is WDC WD2500JS-40TGB0. There's definatly no high pitch sound coming it, but according to my tests it is still probably the loudest component in the imac. I found an app that allows you to change the fan speed, and tried changing all 3. I did not notice a big change in th...
by kamina
Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:36 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: iMac - noisy hard disk
Replies: 9
Views: 5769

My 20" c2d imac came with a 250GB Western Digital, which does not have a whining sound. It's the most silent stock computer I've seen, but you can still hear it.
by kamina
Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody using the Western Digital 500 GB My Book (USB)?
Replies: 12
Views: 5616

I've been searching for a large external drive for some time now, but I'm left with the assumption that there is no perfect large external drive. Maby not even a good one. Looks like the large drives either run hotter then small ones, or are expensive enough that manufacturers want them to survive. ...
by kamina
Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent DVD drive
Replies: 47
Views: 52590

The only really silent dvd drive I owned was made by Plextor. The reason it was so silent is that they offer an application that allows you to change a huge amount of parameters like the speed of the tray, how quickly it spins up, maximum speed for reading, writing ect. Loved it :) I think they only...
by kamina
Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody using the Western Digital 500 GB My Book (USB)?
Replies: 12
Views: 5616

I ordered one a few days ago, should have it by Monday / Tuesday. It's the pro model though, but I don't think there is any other difference then the Firewire ports and a different color.
by kamina
Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent external drive
Replies: 5
Views: 2410

This is a valid concern, hence I was thinking that if I get an external drive I would want it to be mirrored. I actually have an 8-port Intel sata-controller, and this is one of my dilemmas. To use RAID 5 I would want to have a robust controller. I've seen alot of cheap ones fail and lose all the da...
by kamina
Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silent external drive
Replies: 5
Views: 2410

Yeah, electricity cost is definatly a concern. One of my original plans was to build a separate NAS, and use mobile processor for it. I would have hosted my website on the same machine (run vmware server to isolate the two). My wife will start nagging if I have extra computers humming in all the clo...