It is currently Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:30 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 14 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: WD 120 GB Special Edition issues: Am I screwed?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2003 1:38 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Dec 05, 2002 4:32 pm
Posts: 519
As a result from excellent advise from SPCR forums, I have finally **ALMOST** silenced my system (added Chieftec dragon case, ZM80A-HP, br123, some undervolted fans). Thanks everyone for your help!

However, now, there still is one little noise maker: my WD drive. I bought it before I even knew that it was a death wish for a silent pc, but, hey, it performs excellent and there is no way I can return it anyways. I noticed at SiliconAcoustics that the establishment sells a 120 GB Seagate Cuda V with 8mb cache (sounds similar to my drive). Does anyone know if the Cuda V performs as good or better than the Western Digital 120 Special Edition? Plus, it is really quieter (just to answer my curiosity)? Btw, does anyone have any input on how I can quiet my WD 120GB SE drive? I’ve heard somewhere in the forum that the SmartDrive is “useless” in quieting the drive’s whiny acoustical output, but would like to hear more input. Thanks in advance.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2003 2:15 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2002 3:26 pm
Posts: 11788
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Seagate is much quieter. Hardly any whine. The WD is about tops for IDE drives these days. Seagate is much lower down the ranks, check www.StorageReview.com

The SmartDrive is effective at reducing high freq noise; it does not do as well with seeks and low freq noise. The best you can probably do if you want to keep the WD is put it in the SmartDrive, and place the SmartDrive on a thin bed of soft foam at the bottom of your case. The foam will reduce the low freq / seek noise a lot.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 8:59 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Dec 05, 2002 4:32 pm
Posts: 519
so would the segate barracuda V with 8mb cache be much quieter than my western digital se drive? thanks.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 9:53 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2002 3:26 pm
Posts: 11788
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
MGP wrote:
so would the segate barracuda V with 8mb cache be much quieter than my western digital se drive? thanks.

You betcha! Night and day to some folks.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 9:54 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Jan 04, 2003 3:45 am
Posts: 146
Location: New York, NY
MGP wrote:
so would the segate barracuda V with 8mb cache be much quieter than my western digital se drive? thanks.


I think Mike was saying yes.

_________________
Doobies lead to muffins. Muffins lead to euphoria. Euphoria leads to more muffins. I sense many muffins in you.
Support free digital art!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2003 8:51 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Sep 11, 2002 11:56 pm
Posts: 757
Location: EARTH.
I have both a WD1200JB and also the Seagate Cuda IV, and the seagate is MUCH more quiet. No doubt about it, really.

_________________
Fun: GOLDFISHY
Work: Video Surveillance


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2003 5:52 am 
Offline
*Lifetime Patron*

Joined: Mon Feb 10, 2003 8:18 am
Posts: 332
Indeed, barracuda is much, much quieter. However, you should try to suspend your WD first. I had a good experience with that. I simply hanged my WD by a couple of strings in the 5 inch bay. It is not as quiet as barracuda but really gets rid of almost all the whine.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2003 12:44 pm 
Offline
Patron of SPCR

Joined: Mon Oct 21, 2002 1:01 am
Posts: 543
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
I made the mistake of not getting Barracudas and I've had to compensate by making some rubber boxes for my hdds. It's fairly simple -- it took me 1 - 2 hrs to make one on my 1st try. http://www.silentpcreview.com/goto.php?t=s&id=67&a=1

_________________
FS: SX1040, PSU duct, TigerMP, 2x1.4GHz, 'Cuda7 120GB, dcupld L1As (6V) (link)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2003 11:07 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 08, 2002 4:05 pm
Posts: 133
ibm 180 gxps are as quiet as a cuda and as fast as a wd2000jb


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:09 pm 
Offline
Patron of SPCR

Joined: Mon Oct 21, 2002 1:01 am
Posts: 543
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Wish they were available in my neck of the woods. Well, there's always online ordering.

_________________
FS: SX1040, PSU duct, TigerMP, 2x1.4GHz, 'Cuda7 120GB, dcupld L1As (6V) (link)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:36 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Oct 04, 2002 9:52 pm
Posts: 2057
Location: United States, Mobile, AL
im a little worried with ibms recent track record of crap drives though. i think that their 180gxp series is doing ok, but im still a little worried.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:40 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Sun Aug 11, 2002 3:26 pm
Posts: 11788
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
IBM's bad drives were mostly the 75GXPs. The 180 is 3 generations beyond that -- 60GXP, 120GXP, and now 180GXP. Give em a break. All the various makers of everything -- HDD, PSU, whathaveyou -- go through bad patches. I remember a few years back Seagate went through a bad phases & were considered nonos for a year or two.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2003 5:16 pm 
Offline
Friend of SPCR

Joined: Thu Nov 28, 2002 5:07 pm
Posts: 809
Location: London, UK
I would have to agree with Mike's points, I have used tons of IBM hard disk in the past without any problems. The only one I heard that had problems was the 75GXP as mentioned. Its really strange before the 75GXP came out everyone was praising IBM for it's realiability and now many people have been burnt and scared for life. :cry:

Oh well time for IBM to redeem its reliability issues..


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2003 6:06 am 
Offline
SPCR Reviewer

Joined: Sat Nov 23, 2002 6:33 am
Posts: 8636
Location: Sunny SoCal
ez2remember wrote:
I would have to agree with Mike's points, I have used tons of IBM hard disk in the past without any problems. The only one I heard that had problems was the 75GXP as mentioned. Its really strange before the 75GXP came out everyone was praising IBM for it's realiability and now many people have been burnt and scared for life. :cry:

Oh well time for IBM to redeem its reliability issues..


Too late. They sold their entire Storage Division to Hitachi last year. Look here, does anything look familiar?

_________________
Main Box: Intel i3-3225, Intel DH77EB, 16GB Corsair RAM, 256GB Samsung 830, SS360GP PSU, CM PS07 case.
Music Server: Intel DH77EB + i3-3220, 2xSamsung 2TB F4, Pico PSU, Fractal Define Mini, 2xScythe Fans @250 rpm.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 14 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group