Storage

Remote Storage with the Newisys NA-1400 NAS Appliance

Storage
Ever thought about getting rid of your hard drive entirely? We did. Read about our effort to run Windows with the Newisys NA-1400 NAS appliance. Whether or not Network Attached Storage can run your OS, it's a good remote storage solution that can put the noise where you are not. The Newisys NA-1400 comes in 1.0, 1.6, and 2.0 terabyte models — just stick it in a basement and enjoy.

Hitachi DeskStar 7K500 500GB Hard Drive

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Hitachi's 500G flagship 7,200rpm HDD with 5 platters and 16mb of cache comes under the scrutiny of SPCR's audioscope.

Seagate Momentus 5400.3 160GB Notebook HDD

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The first perpendicular recording drive to reach the market, this new 5400rpm model from Seagate breaks new ground. It has 30% higher capacity than any other notebook drive, yet requires no more power, generates no more heat, and makes no more noise.

Hitachi TravelStar E7K100 7.2k-rpm notebook drive

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This new 7.2k-rpm notebook drive from Hitachi has such low seek noise that the difference between idle and seek is difficult to hear. It's not just quiet; its performance is such is that it blurs the distinction between desktop and notebook drives. The TravelStar E7K100 may well be a harbinger of good things to come in the transition from 3.5" to 2.5" drives.

Samsung Writemaster SE-W164C External DVD±RW Drive

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An external drive that can handle read/write just about every kind of optical disc for computers: The Writemaster SE-W164C is from Samsung, a brand that's developed a reputation for quiet storage components.

Single Disc 3.5" HDDs, Round One: Seagate & Hitachi

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Our continuing search for a super quiet 3.5" hard drive turned up two single-platter models from Seagate and Hitachi. How do they fare against the single-platter Barracuda IV of old and the venerable but still available Samsung P80?

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB HDD

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Seagate joins Maxtor and Hitachi in offering a 500 GB hard drive in this era of ever increasing storage capacity. The Barracuda 7200.9 is a 4-platter drive with 16 mb of cache and SATA 2.5 compliance. We take a sample for a spin around our lab.

Enermax Laureate EB205U external notebook HDD enclosure

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The Enermax Laureate EB205U external notebook HDD enclosure is a little aluminum enclosure only marginally bigger than a notebook drive. USB 2.0 provides both connectivity and power for the drive. How well does this $22 MSRP device work?

Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB SATA notebook drive

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Our usual noise-focused review of a new Momentus 2.5" HDD model from Seagate. This one is 7200 RPM, with 8 MB cache, SATA & NCQ and still very quiet. Pretty pricey at this point, but that's the norm for any fast cutting-edge component.

Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB SATA notebook drive

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This is a second generation sample of Seagate's flagship model Momentus, now with SATA interface and the highest capacity of any 5400 RPM notebook drive. Our sample of one of the original Momentus left us nonplussed. This 5400.2 fares much better.

Samsung P120 200 + 250 GB Hard Drive

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The Samsung P80 has been our top recommendation for a quiet 3.5" drive for quite some time, but it's showing its age. The new P120 series offers higher areal density and capacity, both of which translate to higher performance. Does the P120 retain the acoustic qualities that endeared the last generation of Samsung drives to quiet PC enthusiasts?

Hitachi 7K400 400GB Hard Drive

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Hitachi's Deskstar 7K400 is one of the most capacious 3.5" IDE drive, second, only to the line flag ship 7K500. It's a high performance 7200 RPM drive in the Deskstar tradition, with many interesting features, including FDB. We put it through its paces on the SPCR acoustic test bench.

WD Scorpio 80G & Fujitsu SATA 80G notebook drives

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We continue expanding our database of quiet notebook drives with a review of the Western Digital Scorpio 80G and a new Fujitsu 80G, the first SATA notebook drive.

Western Digital drives: Raptor 74 & Caviar SE 250

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News about Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motors being implemented across WD's entire range of hard drives promted us to take a serious look at some of their products. The two examined here today are the super-fast Raptor and a large capacity 7200 rpm Caviar SE, and they are both a lot quieter than WD drives used to be.

Scythe Silent Box SBX-1000 HDD Enclosure

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The name says it all: An enclosure intended to silence a HDD. What it doesn't tell you is that that it is made of rubber (the same kind as car tires), and uses a Heatlane flat heatpipe to help keep the drive cool.
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