I don't think my drive could have been damaged due to shipping. While the box monarch shipped it in wasn't overly large, the drive was wrapped in two layers of bublewrap and was secure in the box. It's possible that it's just a bad sample, but then how come SPCR also had the same issue with their 2500JD? And if you look several pages back in the silent storage forum there are several other threads describing exactly the same problem. It seems to me that the new whisper-quiet WD drives aren't so quiet.
In fact, I'm more inclined to believe that people who claim their new WDs are absolutely silent simply don't know better or have lots of ambient noise which stops them from hearing the whine.ivan
You should have received the drive today, did you get to test it already?dragontales
Please report tomorrow if your replacement drive is better or not. I emailed monarch support and they say they can exchange the drive or take it back. But if the latter they'll have to charge a 15% restocking fee. I asked them if they can give me a store credit towards future purchases at Monarch at the amount of restocking fee instead but they refused that too...
So I'll have to either take my chances and exchange the drive hoping the next one will be better or bite the $25 in restocking fee and shipping charges...
It could have been damaged on the way to Monarch or in Monarch's storage facility. Anyway, I've heard whines before (Western Digital non-FDB 200GB Caviar, Western Digital's non-FDB 36.7GB Raptor and IBM's 10GB Lapstar) and the WD3200JB sounds nothing like them.
I live in the suburbs where there isn't much noise (just the wind if you're outside) and listen to my PC with everything else that makes noise off. When I do so, I can hear some noise. Most of it is from my Western Digital Caviar (which is the quietest hard drive I've ever heard) and some of it is from my 80mm Nexus Real Silent Case Fan. Subjectively from approximately a meter away, I'd say the noise is about 20% from the fan and 80% from the hard drive but most people who listen from a few inches away (when my monitor is off) can't tell my PC is running. The components that make noise in my PC are: my Western Digital Caviar, my Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3 (set to low), my 92mm Panaflo CPU fan (running at 5 volts), my 80mm Nexus Real Silent Case Fan and my Antec Phantom PSU (the electric noise is audible from about 3-6 inches away). I couldn't tell that my PC was running when I started using the drive (at that point in time I had a 80mm Panaflo CPU fan running at 5 vollts instead of the Nexus) but since then my ears adjusted to the silence and things became loud again (and heat problems caused by my Phantom PSU's lack of a fan required me to ditch a undervolted Panaflo in favor of a Nexus) but I have say, if my ceiling fan is running (or just about anything else), the noise isn't easy to discern. This is with the drive mounted on EAR Grommets with AAM enabled. I'm planning to get an enclosure to hopefully solve most of my noise problem at some point in the future. Then I'll figure out what to do about the Nexus (also mounted on EAR Grommets).