Storage

Notebook HDDs: Hitachi 5K80 80G & Samsung MP0402H 40G

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We review two more quiet notebook hard drives, from Hitachi and Samsung. The Hitachi 80GB 5K80 and the Samsung 40G MP0402H are both extremely quiet, low vibration drives and not badly priced. They are affordable quiet alternatives (for desktop PCs) to silent solid state hard drives. We listen, measure and describe their acoustics and performance.

Review: Coolmax Xtreme Files F1-B Drive

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An external USB2.0 HDD with one-button functions for both Windows OS and data, the Coolmax Xtreme Files Drive aims at providing easy-to-use backup and restore for desktop PC users. The review also features SPCR's first MP3 sound files of HDD noise -- Samsung SP80 and WD800JB in idle & seek.

Toshiba MK6022GAX 5400/16mb cache Notebook Drive

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Reviewed today is the MK6022GAX, the highest performance notebook drive in Toshiba's lineup: A 5400 RPM, 2.5" drive with 16 mb of cache. It surely performs, but does it plumb the sub-20 dBA depths or remain in more audible >20 dBA territory? Here's our acoustic report on the Toshiba MK6022GAX.

Review: ASUS QuieTrack CRW-5232AS & CD-S520/A4

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ASUS QuieTrack CRW-5232AS & CD-S520 are examined for noise performance in SPCR's second optical drive review. The new optical drives fare well against earlier ones regarded as quiet — or at least noise-reduced.

160G/8mb-cache Faceoff: Samsung vs. Seagate

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Seagate Barracuda and Samsung SP Series hard drives are topics of endless discussion in the SPCR forums. We have also featured reviews of these drives, some in direct comparison. However, this is the first time that we're considering the current ATA performance leaders of each series, head to head. The review is Edward Ng's debut as a writer for SPCR.

Is the Silent PC Future 2.5-inches wide?

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The silent future is 2.5" wide, I announced in a recent SPCR Forum post, referring to the future of silent computing, and to my recent discovery of extremely quiet notebook hard drives that easily put the quietest of 3.5" desktop drives to shame. This brief article follows up on that post: An overview of 2.5-inch drive developement and a noise analysis of three notebook drives with two SPCR reference desktop drives.

Aphonos' Dual HDD Bungee-cord Suspension

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Aphonos' long post about an alternative HDD suspension is now an article in the SPCR Storage section. Using his ingenious technique, you can bring the noise reduction benefits of HDD decoupling to almost any PC case.

Review: 2 Samsung Optical Drives

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Samsung's SM-252B CDRW and SM-352B CDRW/DVD-ROM optical drives are carefully examined for noise performance in SPCR's first review of optical drives. Check out the review here.

Ron's Water Cooled HDD Silencing Enclosure

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Ron Wlock's first major DIY PC project was the design and construction of what is probably the world's biggest passively cooled radiator for his water cooled computer system. Ron's latest project extends that water cooling system to his hard drive while insulating its noise. His successful project is fully detailed in this well-documented article: The HDD temps & noise achieved will amaze & perhaps inspire.

Review: Quiet HDDs by Samsung, Hitachi & Seagate

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Quiet high capacity hard drives from Samsung and Hitachi go up against our old low-noise favorite, the Seagate Barracuda IV. How do these speedy big new drives compare for noise against the acoustic reference standard? An extensive noise-focused roundup review of 4 drives.

Review: Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 HDD by Dru

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Latest SPCR author Dru reviews the new Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 drive by comparing it against a well known silent drive, namely the Seagate Barracuda IV, now some 18 months "old": A noise and performance contest between generations. Does one sweep both categories?

Rubber Boxes & Carved Foam: More HDD Silencing

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Two more HDD silencing techniques for DIY: LeoQ's Rubber Box for obnoxiously noisy drives and MikeC's Carved Foam decoupled mounting for the Barracdua and other quiet drives that still vibrate. May be worth a read even if you're not a DIYer.

Review: Blast off with Cenatek's Rocket Drive

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The Rocket Drive, a PCI card with SDRAM that emulates a hard drive, is an exciting product for anyone seeking high performance computing. For the silent PC enthusiast, what's really interesting is that this product accelerates system speed without adding any noise. Our detailed review of Cenatek's Rocket Drive.

NoVibes III HDD Decoupling Rack

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SPCR's review of the NoVibes III hard drive decoupling bracket by NoiseControl.de, which supplier Silicon Acoustics says is "ideal for drives like the Barracuda IV whose noise is primarily vibrational in nature." A counterpoint to Smart Drive, another drive noise reduction product also sold by Silicon Acoustics and previously reviewed here.

Review: Smart Drive HDD Enclosure

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A smarter realization of the old "seal-up-that-hard-drive" idea? Smart Drive is a slick aluminum hard drive enclosure with the superb fit & finish done so well by the Japanese. US retailer Silicon Acoustics kindly provided a review sample. Does it work? Read on & find out!
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