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Recommended Hard Drives

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Our reference article about HDD noise, along with complete acoustics-ranked listings of all SPCR-reviewed HDDs since late 2008. Latest update 4 October 2014.

SPCR's Hard Drive Testing Methodology

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The HDD testing system underwent a major series of upgrades that reflects the growing sophistication of SPCR readers -- and our own increasing awareness of hard drive acoustics issues. The acoustic testing tools of careful listening and SPL measurements remain; they are enhanced with a new vibration testing methodology, as well as measurements of power draw in an effort to predict thermals.

Samsung M9T 2TB (2.5-inch) & Seagate SSHD 2TB

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Two mechanical drives from Seagate: The Samsung SpinPoint M9T 2TB is the only standard 9.5mm thick 2.5" notebook drive of this capacity; others are thicker. The Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB is a hybrid desktop model with 8GB of NAND Flash augmenting a 7200 RPM motor and 2x1TB platters.

Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs

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The Crucial MX100 512GB is the ultimate value SSD with the best capacity:price ratio on the market, while the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is positioned as the latest ultra-fast premium flagship emphasizing performance and reliability.

Thecus N7710-G 7-Bay NAS with 10 GbE

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The Thecus N7710-G is a no-nonsense 7-bay NAS tower server that focuses on function over form. The user interface is humdrum but the hardware is the true star, including a 2.9 GHz Sandy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 10 GbE card.

WD Red 6TB and 1TB (2.5-inch) Hard Drives

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While both are members of the WD Red family, the 6TB model is a massive flagship desktop drive, while the 1TB model is a tiny 2.5-inch drive for the budding slim NAS market.

Seagate Enterprise Class v4 6TB Hard Drive

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With six 1TB platters, 128MB of cache, and a 7200 RPM motor, Seagate boasts that the Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD v4 6TB is the world's fastest hard drive. The validity of their claim and the environmental ramifications lie within.

QNAP TurboNAS TS-469L 4-Bay NAS Server

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Despite the unimpressive hardware inside, the 4-bay QNAP TurboNAS TS-469L offers a highly functional, versatile, and easy to use server experience for home and small office users.

Mediasonic ProBox 4-Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure

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The Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 is a simple and affordable 4-bay USB 3.0/eSATA enclosure with fan control and nifty power syncing features.

Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

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The Samsung 840 Pro is positioned as the Cadillac of solid-state drives, sporting a controller with a 3-core processor, 512MB of DDR2 cache, 21nm Toggle mode NAND flash memory, hardware encryption support, all backed by five year warranty.

HP Proliant MicroServer Gen8

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HP's compact entry level small business server is back with a much anticipated update. The MicroServer Gen8 has a sleeker design than the original, much faster Ivy Bridge based processors, and more extensive server features. What of the noise? ADDENDUM Oct 7, 2014: Using a Standard 4-Pin PWM Fan in the HP Microserver Gen8.

Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

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The Seagate NAS HDD 4TB is a more affordable alternative to the popular WD Red 4TB hard drive drive. The two models share much in common including NAS/RAID optimized firmware, a three year warranty, excellent acoustics and low power consumption.

Western Digital Red 4TB & Se 4TB Hard Drives

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Western Digital's Red and Se 4TB hard drives are two high capacity sides of the same coin. Both are optimized for RAID/NAS use but the Red is a low power model for consumer use while the Se is a high performance enterprise drive.

Icy Dock Blizzard HDD Enclosure & EZ-Dock Docking Station

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We examine a pair of external storage options from Icy Dock. The Blizzard is an oddly shaped, actively cooled HDD enclosure with some nifty extra features, while the EZ-Dock is a conventional but sleek looking docking station.

ADATA XPG SX300 128GB & Intel 525 Series 180GB mSATA SSDs

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The ADATA XPG SX300 and Intel 525 Series brings the SandForce SF-2281 experience to the tiny mSATA form factor without missing a beat.
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