Okay, which manufacturer makes the quietest hard drives?
I’ve got a Maxtor right now, and I’ve heard that Maxtor are amongst the noiseiest. I’m trying to make my Ideq box as quiet as possible.
The only requirement I have that it’s ATA-133 or SATA with 8MB of cache, and at least 80GB in size.
Seagate Barracuda series. Quietest drives I’ve ever heard, once you use the audio utility on 'em.
edit: what acoustic utility are you talking about? there’s a way to make them even quieter?
The Seagate 7200.7’s are that bad either.
I hear the Samsungs are good.
Maxtor are loud.
But I just read silentpcreview.com for that stuff.
It’s in the files section there; it lets you trade off performance (not much) for noise (lots of benefit).