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by alfred
Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recent Samsung drive failure rates?
Replies: 51
Views: 22692

I've only been comparing Scythe Quiet Drive -encapsulated F1s vs encapsulated T166s in a giant tower using 2cm deep foam to decouple them from anything else; I'd say the 1TBs are slightly higher-pitched and vibrate less, it's hard to tell which one is louder.
by alfred
Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recent Samsung drive failure rates?
Replies: 51
Views: 22692

Currently using 2*F1 1TB + 18*T166 500GB + 4*T133 400GB + 7*SP120 250GB mostly for business purposes. Everything's nice ATM.
by alfred
Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 303853

Single-platter HD250HJ is available : http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/?fs=HD250HJ&in=
by alfred
Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anadtech has a nice db chart on today's large hds
Replies: 34
Views: 14784

Most of the idle noise coming from a HD is under 500hz while the seek noise is a bit higher but the very high frequency components are very low in level. Well I don't think so. I've done a small test based on latest SPCR recordings : T133 and WD5000KS. Files are opened in Audition 2.0, converted to...
by alfred
Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 303853

http://www.hartware.de/news_42808.html

All 320, 500, 750 GB & 1 TB Samsung F1 models first announced for July/August are now planned for October.
by alfred
Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 303853

Well, the Samsung 1TB is now supposedly in stock according to this French retailer: http://www.toutpourlamicro.com/article.asp?id=150&ida=5629&referer=clubic Maybe it needs a phone check but I'm 99% confident that this store doesn't have any Samsung F1 in stock. What they're doing here is a well-kn...
by alfred
Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F1 series hard drives w/1TB model
Replies: 394
Views: 303853

Actually the HD501LJ currently starts at 85 euros.
by alfred
Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet and Cool High Capacity HDs
Replies: 17
Views: 7493

Sure; if temperature was closely related to power consumption, we would already know it. I've got two WD5000AAKS and eight HD501LJ drives; when used in free air in similar conditions (i.e. when benchmarking, evaluating noise and testing temperatures) the Westerns feel much hotter to the hand. whiic,...
by alfred
Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung ships 3 platter - 1TB hard drive
Replies: 1
Views: 1523

Yes I'm waiting mine.
But there already is a topic here.
by alfred
Wed May 30, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet and Cool High Capacity HDs
Replies: 17
Views: 7493

whiic wrote:Samsungs are also hotter than WDs and Hitachis.
I'm using 8 HD501LJ and 2 WD5000AAKS; the WD is about 4°C~5°C hotter in similar conditions.
by alfred
Tue May 29, 2007 8:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet and Cool High Capacity HDs
Replies: 17
Views: 7493

A shop in Belgium is claiming new 750 GB & 1 TB Samsung 3.5" drives are on their way (HD752LJ & HD102UJ). Probably 250 GB platters from a new T250 Series. samsung.com already shows single-platter HD250HJ and HD200HJ S250 Series.
by alfred
Wed May 23, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD501LJ
Replies: 123
Views: 137383

IdontexistM8 wrote:Perhaps I've got an incredibly quiet one and the other is just normal. :lol:
Then perhaps I've got eight incredibly quiet ones ;)
by alfred
Wed May 23, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD501LJ
Replies: 123
Views: 137383

Not the slightest variation in vibration noise in my experience (8 drives from 3 batches); that is, vibration level is moderately high on all drives. Make sure you double-check AAM setting on both drives.
by alfred
Tue May 22, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Fan Roundup #4: 120mm Fans II
Replies: 49
Views: 37038

In my experience 38mm SilenX fans are much quieter than 25mm versions.

Comparing mp3 recordings in a multitrack software I'm amazed to see how much ratings differ between comparing 9V and 12V recordings : the best fans when used at 9V aren't necessarily the best fans used at 12V.
by alfred
Tue May 22, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SPCR's Fan Roundup #4: 120mm Fans II
Replies: 49
Views: 37038

Many thanks for this review.
Currently the "One meter" mp3 links for Global Win 120mm, Fander FX-120W and Globe Fan S1202512L-3M fans erroneously point to one-feet mp3s.
by alfred
Mon May 21, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best 500GB SATA
Replies: 10
Views: 3846

I'm using several computers; two of them use a 4*HD501LJ RAID-0 array, all in Scythe Quiet Boxes, decoupled where possible and without any active airflow around the enclosures. Temperatures are OK.
by alfred
Mon May 21, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung spinpoint HD400LJ and LD comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 1609

Never tried a HD400LD but you probably got a bad sample. T166 HD501LJ, HD321KJ and S166 HD161HJ have been rated very high noisewise.
by alfred
Mon May 21, 2007 8:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Can 1TB storage be quiet?
Replies: 25
Views: 7850

I wouldn't consider AnandTech as a RAID-0 specialist. When they first tried a 2*7K1000 RAID-0, they built it on an nForce4 chipset, thereby limiting it to ±115 MB/sec, and wrote as a conclusion that RAID-0 doesn't give any more performance than a single drive. It seems many people complained by ema...
by alfred
Sun May 20, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Best 500GB SATA
Replies: 10
Views: 3846

I'm using 8 HD501LJ and 2 WD5000AAKS; the Samsung wins hands down. It only needs something to absorb vibrations.

This debate keeps going here in the forums; we need a comparative review Mike ;)
by alfred
Fri May 18, 2007 5:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: novibes III > rubber round cord
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

The SPCR article was about the T133; it's a totally different design. But yes, the T166 HD501LJ vibrates a lot, just like any T133 ;)
by alfred
Fri May 11, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HD501LJ making knocking noise?
Replies: 9
Views: 4109

Aeria, I'm using 8 HD501LJ drives (on 2 PCs) and not a single one makes the loud 'knocking' noise you describe. Unless you've been modifying some settings (APM maybe but I think it isn't supported) I'd say this isn't normal at all. I think all HD501LJ drives get delivered with AAM off, APM off or di...
by alfred
Mon May 07, 2007 12:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Two Samsung Drive, Which is quieter/better?
Replies: 10
Views: 5287

taidi, my Scythe-enclosed S166 HD161HJ (used as a boot drive) is around 28°C under light work when room temp ~20°C; 30 minutes of various HDD benchmarking raised this to about 35°C. All temps according to SMART. The Scythe Quiet Drive has almost no airflow around it.
by alfred
Thu May 03, 2007 4:00 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Seriously, are SilenX fans terrible?
Replies: 35
Views: 24515

As I'm using several quiet computers for my work I've been comparing some 120mm fans lately : Nexus D12SL-12 black & white (1000rpm), 8 samples (including some one-year old ones), €9.50 @ http://www.silentpcshop.nl Scythe S-Flex SFF21E (1200rpm), 4 samples, €12.98 @ http://www.pcsilent.de Noctua...
by alfred
Tue May 01, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD401LJ vs Hitachi T7K500, 400 GB
Replies: 5
Views: 3140

My audio recording comparisons were done between totally different models : T166 HD501LJ against the older and slower T133 HD401LJ, and the retired P120 SP2504C.
by alfred
Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Two Samsung Drive, Which is quieter/better?
Replies: 10
Views: 5287

I've got 2 S166 HD161HJ and 8 T166 HD501LJ (no 160GB T166 to compare with, unfortunately). The S166 vibrates much, much less and is some 1~3 dB/A lower in both idle & seek. It comes with AAM enabled; disabling it gives seeks a little sharper, but still quite muted. Overall tonality is in higher freq...
by alfred
Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD401LJ vs Hitachi T7K500, 400 GB
Replies: 5
Views: 3140

Hi,

You may be interested by the newer HD501LJ. Also I've made some noise recordings, comparing it to the HD401LJ and the older SP2504C.
by alfred
Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I want a silent harddisk.
Replies: 16
Views: 7668

Thanks Alfred for your reply, but what is this " put on foam ". Sorry I know my english isn't that much precise sometimes, to say the least :) I simply meant : removing the four lateral metallic plates on the Scythe Quiet Drive (the ones that allow you to fix the enclosure in a 5.25" slot) in order...
by alfred
Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I want a silent harddisk.
Replies: 16
Views: 7668

I'm using a Silentmaxx HD-Silencer on another PC and had been comparing it to the Scythe Quiet Drive and the Nexus Drive-a-Way; the Silentmaxx is slightly less effective in reducing noise but slightly better at dissipating heat, and it's smaller so it's easier to put on foam in case you don't want t...
by alfred
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: I want a silent harddisk.
Replies: 16
Views: 7668

Just started testing 2 Samsung S166 HD161HJ drives. First impressions are excellent : they vibrate a lot less than the HD501LJ (of which I own eight, all in Scythe Quiet Drives); idle and seek noises seem to be 1~2 db/A lower, too. I'll be using them as boot drives. http://xs314.xs.to/xs314/07174/hd...
by alfred
Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD321KJ vs SP2504C
Replies: 2
Views: 2108

Hi lanceuppercut, most comments about the Samsung T166 series are on this topic.