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by andyb
Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Help configuring this build with Fractal Define R5 please
Replies: 16
Views: 7665

Re: Help configuring this build with Fractal Define R5 pleas

Looks good to me. Only a couple of minor points to add. The open fan position in the roof would create a "short circuit" for the airflow which would not be good, this should be blocked off or a fan should be installed there. If no additional fan is installed in the roof, I would suggest moving the r...
by andyb
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Help configuring this build with Fractal Define R5 please
Replies: 16
Views: 7665

Re: Help configuring this build with Fractal Define R5 pleas

The side panel option would be bad IMO as the fan will likely make the side panel shake which will create additional noise, also it will be a PITA to get into the case again once its built. Can you attach it to the back of the drive cages, if so that might be an idea, otherwise you could try removin...
by andyb
Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet / Silent server case for at least 9 HDD's.
Replies: 8
Views: 4424

Re: Quiet / Silent server case for at least 9 HDD's.

Having thought about the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 (one) Rev B for a while and nearly buying one (from Germany as they are unavailable in the UK at the moment), I decided to go the extra mile and buy the Deep Silence 5 Rev B (from Germany) as although it is larger, heavier and more expensive it is also...
by andyb
Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet / Silent server case for at least 9 HDD's.
Replies: 8
Views: 4424

Re: Quiet / Silent server case for 9+ HDD's.

Hi Steve, nice to see that your still here at SPCR :) Hoarding data is compulsive, as is silent computing..... sadly I am afflicted by both.

Andy
by andyb
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet / Silent server case for at least 9 HDD's.
Replies: 8
Views: 4424

Quiet / Silent server case for at least 9 HDD's.

I have not logged onto SPCR for some time, but when I need help this is the place to be. I am in the process of upgrading my home server and decided to set out to modify my Antec 1200 by putting sdrive suspension into the case for each of the 12x 5.25" bays. My plan went through various iterations i...
by andyb
Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Red 5TB WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60EFRX on the way
Replies: 14
Views: 12947

Re: WD Red 5TB WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60EFRX on the way

Mike C confirmed that SPCR has 6TB drives from both Seagate and WD on request.

Here is hoping that they turn up soon.


Andy
by andyb
Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Red 5TB WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60EFRX on the way
Replies: 14
Views: 12947

Re: WD 5TB and 6TB Red HDD on the way WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60E

I forgot to add.

Read my original post, updated with new info.


Andy
by andyb
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?
Replies: 9
Views: 6111

Re: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?

Which says to me either you, your supplier, or both are mishandling drives. Me absolutely not, I treat every hard drive as its my own. As for the suppliers, I have seen 3 extreme examples of the supplier being moronic, fist one was when I was working for a PC sales company and they had a dire retur...
by andyb
Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?
Replies: 9
Views: 6111

Re: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?

So, you're tarring all Seagates with the one brush, just because you anecdotally see lots of Seagate drives? Right, glad we got that sorted. Yes, but not because I "see" a lot of faulty Seagate HDD's, but based on how many I have supplied in PC's and have become faulty inside the first year. I refu...
by andyb
Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?
Replies: 9
Views: 6111

Re: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?

Yes, FUD....... On a 3-year 27,000 HDD Study, Seagate HDD's were significantly less reliable than drives manufactured by WD or Hitachi. To be specific, the 3TB Seagate drive had an annualized failure rate of around 10%, WD's 3TB HDD was around the 4^ mark and BHitachi's was nearer 1%. And working as...
by andyb
Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 850 Pro
Replies: 13
Views: 8477

Samsung 850 Pro

This is a monster. Its got killer performance, amazing consistency, a 10-year warranty and industry beating write endurance, the only let down is its hefty pricetag, but if you want all of its benefits I am sure you will stump up the extra cash - actual retail price is unknown as the drive is not de...
by andyb
Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Red 5TB WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60EFRX on the way
Replies: 14
Views: 12947

Re: WD 5TB HDD finally on its way

Andy when are you going to get rid of RAID5 and go to RAID 1+0? I wont be. A couple of reasons, firstly I dont have the money to be able to afford all of the storage that I want/need AND to go for RAID 10, secondly I am not a large fan of RAID 1 as I have had a few bad experiences over the years, b...
by andyb
Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Red 5TB WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60EFRX on the way
Replies: 14
Views: 12947

Re: WD 5TB HDD finally on its way

I am going to wait and see what happens for a couple of months for a couple of reasons. Firstly I was planning on getting 4x 4TB Drives once they have settled on a lower price and Seagate / Toshiba have had a little price war. Secondly, in light of the "WD Care Pack" that extends a WD Red with a 3-y...
by andyb
Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Red 5TB WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60EFRX on the way
Replies: 14
Views: 12947

WD Red 5TB WD50EFRX and 6TB WD60EFRX on the way

At long last and well overdue the WD 5TB Red HDD is now starting to be listed, and this is backed up by the anecdotal evidence of the 4TB HDD's dropping in price a little. WD50EFRX http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/shop/ShopSearch.asp?CategoryID=931&t=507#T I have been waiting for this to happen for s...
by andyb
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Can you re-use the dust bag in vacuum cleaner, like Miele?
Replies: 10
Views: 26182

Re: Can you re-use the dust bag in vacuum cleaner, like Miel

My Dyson is awesome, they just need a good clean every year or 2. Had it working flawlessly for over 6-years, cleaned it once, still works perfectly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TUi7xJQ82c I did something similar to the above video. Started with a screwdriver to get out the dust, fluff and hair ...
by andyb
Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm
Replies: 11
Views: 9375

Re: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm

newegg doesn't sell this drive bare but seagate sells it as an external drive which can be removed and then used. I wouldn't be so sure. Most portable HDD's now have a circuit-board that outputs directly to USB rather than SATA. An increasing number of "desktop" USB HDD's are also doing the same th...
by andyb
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: reducing whoosh sound of 2.5 drive - recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 4256

Re: reducing whoosh sound of 2.5 drive - recommendations?

Does gently pressing against the disk top panel (when wooshing) change anything? If you are "less" than gentle you can kill a laptop drive by pressing on its top as there is such a tiny space between the top and the moving parts inside, also the Aluminium (I assume) topis super thin. I know this fi...
by andyb
Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Toshiba 5TB drives
Replies: 5
Views: 6937

Re: Toshiba 5TB drives

That is interesting, thanks for sharing the link. I will concede that I have a heavy bias against Toshiba HDD's because of their total shittyness for more than a decade of personal experience, however up until now they have all been 2.5" drives and as it appears the 3.5" drives are potentially ident...
by andyb
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Toshiba 5TB drives
Replies: 5
Views: 6937

Re: Toshiba 5TB drives

I doubt that WD sold their best facilities to Toshiba including their latest machinery, to do so would be foolish of WD. Additionally Toshiba will very likely find a way to cock-up what they have and start producing rubbish products as they do with their 2.5" products (not including SSD's). Lastly n...
by andyb
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?
Replies: 9
Views: 6111

Re: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?

I hope I am not too late in replying.

Seagate HDD's used to be very reliable, they are not and have not been reliable for a few years now, I would suggest a WD or Hitachi drive instead.


Andy
by andyb
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Toshiba 5TB drives
Replies: 5
Views: 6937

Re: Toshiba 5TB drives

I wouldn't touch a Toshiba HDD unless it was free. Toshiba SSD's are pretty good, HDD's have awful reliability, I would suggest waiting for WD to bring out its 5TB WD Red, thats what I am doing.


Andy
by andyb
Tue May 27, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: i still use windows xp on the desktop
Replies: 30
Views: 19106

Re: i still use windows xp on the desktop

I have not read the article, only the title.

Might be worth a look if you want to stick with XP.

http://hexus.net/tech/news/software/702 ... ates-2019/


Andy
by andyb
Thu May 22, 2014 3:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: i still use windows xp on the desktop
Replies: 30
Views: 19106

Re: i still use windows xp on the desktop

The only way I would say that I "enjoy" W7 more than XP is that because its much faster on my PC, and I get DX10/11 goodness. The only other part of W7 that comes close to "enjoyment" is the dead simple "Windows + arrow keys" that makes life so much simpler than sodding around resizing windows, othe...
by andyb
Wed May 21, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: i still use windows xp on the desktop
Replies: 30
Views: 19106

Re: i still use windows xp on the desktop

Dan, you do know that you can get W7 to look and feel amazingly like XP, and performance wise there is a point where you notice no difference, and then a more recent point where W7 is faster than XP. Stability wise I have found W7 to be the most reliable OS I have ever used. As much as I loved XP an...
by andyb
Sun May 04, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest faster large HDD right now? 3TB or 4TB?
Replies: 10
Views: 9172

Re: Quietest faster large HDD right now? 3TB or 4TB?

This is only anecdotal as I have never had a WD Red, Blue or Green together at the same time. The Red in my has the lowest level of vibration, followed by the Green and then the Blue. The Green + Blue drive both have a 2-year warranty by default (you can buy a WD Care Pack to extend this to 3-years,...
by andyb
Fri May 02, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest faster large HDD right now? 3TB or 4TB?
Replies: 10
Views: 9172

Re: Quietest faster large HDD right now? 3TB or 4TB?

The answer I will give you is far less than good :( As for performance, you can find reviews all over the place - but you cant trust their noise data at all, and its barely worth comparing their noise data to other drives either. What I would say about performance is, how are you going to be using t...
by andyb
Thu May 01, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Antec 1200 - 11x Suspended HDD Project
Replies: 1
Views: 2590

Antec 1200 - 11x Suspended HDD Project

I have an Antec 1200 case and I want to suspend 11 HDD's, all 3.5". I have had a look through the various threads about suspension and what people have used. If you look at the inside of my case and the mounting options for elastic bands on cords, you will see from the images in the following link t...
by andyb
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 18856

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

I didn't bother measuring it -- it's at or close to ambient (11 dBA). This morning, I ran P95 on it for 30 minutes & saw only a 20C rise in temp (to around 40C), and no change in RPM or noise.

So, it's effective and silent.
That's quite impressive and very good to know. Thanks Mike.


Andy
by andyb
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 18856

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

i understand it isn't a cooler review, but since there's no other options at the moment some quick numbers would have helped That DOES make it a cooler review..... The CPU cooler comes with the CPU, there is no alternative (currently) to the provided CPU cooler and I have no idea how loud it is. Andy
by andyb
Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 26318

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

Since I have the Atom on the workbench, here is why I do not recommend using a PCI NIC, but also showing how a good NIC can help when your CPU is really slow. D510MO with Intel Pro 1000/MT in the PCI slot D510 Clock Copy Speed 1670 MHz 75 MB/sec 208 MHz 35 MB/sec It reduced the max speed by 20 MB/s...