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by HellDiverUK
Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?
Replies: 6
Views: 5799

Re: 6TB WD Red drives make squealing noise at power off?

I have a pair of WD50EFRX and they both make a squealing noise when powering down. They are pretty much silent when running, though. WAY quieter than the Toshiba 5TB "Cloud Storage" drives I also run, which are just noisy old enterprise drives.
by HellDiverUK
Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?
Replies: 9
Views: 5341

Re: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?

So, you're tarring all Seagates with the one brush, just because you anecdotally see lots of Seagate drives? Right, glad we got that sorted. Yes, but not because I "see" a lot of faulty Seagate HDD's, but based on how many I have supplied in PC's and have become faulty inside the first year. Which ...
by HellDiverUK
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silly ways (that work) to dampen a case
Replies: 1
Views: 2374

Re: Silly ways (that work) to dampen a case

To stop resonance vibrations, add mass to the case by setting a cheap marble chopping board to the top of the case. :)
by HellDiverUK
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?
Replies: 9
Views: 5341

Re: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?

So, you're tarring all Seagates with the one brush, just because you anecdotally see lots of Seagate drives? Right, glad we got that sorted. That's like saying a Ford Focus is more unreliable than a MG6, because you're a mechanic and see lots more broken Ford Focus. No shit you're going to see more ...
by HellDiverUK
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest faster large HDD right now? 3TB or 4TB?
Replies: 10
Views: 8410

Re: Quietest faster large HDD right now? 3TB or 4TB?

The past few WD Blue and Blacks I've had have been noisy, mostly vibration which leads to resonance, or the 2TB Black actually made the floor vibrate. Greens and Reds are both very quiet. Seagate's Desktop.15 (and therefore the Seagate NAS) is quiet as far as idle noise, but accessing noise tends to...
by HellDiverUK
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?
Replies: 9
Views: 5341

Re: Seagate ST31000528AS okay?

andyb wrote:I hope I am not too late in replying.

Seagate HDD's used to be very reliable, they are not and have not been reliable for a few years now,
I wish you hadn't. Please stop spreading this FUD. Seagate are just as reliable as WD.
by HellDiverUK
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm
Replies: 11
Views: 8547

Re: Spinpoint M9T 2tb 2.5" 9.5mm

newegg doesn't sell this drive bare but seagate sells it as an external drive which can be removed and then used. I wouldn't be so sure. Most portable HDD's now have a circuit-board that outputs directly to USB rather than SATA. Whilst this is true on the most part, the Seagate Backup Plus (STDR200...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 23, 2014 5:46 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: My energy efficient NAS & general purpose server
Replies: 7
Views: 9962

Re: My energy efficient NAS & general purpose server

The Pi is a terrible NAS unit. The NIC runs off the already quite broken USB bus. Asking it to run two drives as well is a disaster waiting to happen. You'd be better off with a cheap TPLink router and running OpenWRT or something similar on it, at least the USB works properly on those, and you have...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 23, 2014 5:31 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Synology DS212J (NAS)
Replies: 2
Views: 3525

Re: Synology DS212J (NAS)

OP posted over a year ago. I'm sure he's probably made his decision long ago. :)
by HellDiverUK
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: [Quiet] my ShareCenter
Replies: 3
Views: 2600

Re: [Quiet] my ShareCenter

gcwebbyuk wrote: Or should I just stop being a cheap skate and buy a better NAS - if so which one is the quietest?
My Asustor has a temp controlled 70mm fan. The two Seagates in it make more noise then the fan, and they're pretty quiet.
by HellDiverUK
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My silent desktop pc and gaming rig (4790k + 280x)
Replies: 27
Views: 17823

Re: 0 db at idle gaming rig achieved

Just to point out that with ZeroCore support, any HD7850 or higher will shut down it's fan totally while the machine is idle.

My Asus HD7850 will go silent as long as it's running Windows 8.1 and latest AMD drivers.
by HellDiverUK
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 8.1 Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 17384

Re: Windows 8.1 Discussion

I'm running 8.1 Enterprise, and have been for well over a month. It was a fresh install (I have a Technet subscription, so I got 8.1 before the unwashed masses). It's been smooth sailing.

I also upgraded my 2 month old rMBP to 10.9 Mavericks, and it's been a terrible experience.
by HellDiverUK
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Red or Seagate NAS
Replies: 5
Views: 5206

Re: WD Red or Seagate NAS

I havent tested WD reds 4tb nor the Seasgate NAS 4tb, but i own Seagate 4TB ST4000DM000 , not silent drives, but not loud either, good drives for a server, wondering what changes over the NAS version Seagate NAS 4TB ST4000VN000 , either for my server for now its only Seagate, i read a online review...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Xeon 1240V2
Replies: 4
Views: 2227

Re: Xeon 1240V2

Yeah, I used a i5-3350P on mine in the end up, the 3350P has no iGPU either (it's probably just a Xeon with some of the features turned off). I ran a cheap HD6450 on that machine.
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: HTPC case and spec advice
Replies: 3
Views: 2623

Re: HTPC case and spec advice

Yeah, those InWin cases are loud. I ran a BP-series one fanless for a while, but the PSU fan got loud too. Gave up on it. If you don't mind a big case, that's 19" width, the Silverstone Milo ML03 is good - it's quiet, and can fit microATX boards. It's the same size as normal hifi equipment. http://w...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Bedroom PC discussion
Replies: 3
Views: 2369

Re: Bedroom PC discussion

The "HTPC2" entry in my signature is what we use in our bedroom, hooked up via HDMI to a 32" Toshiba LCD. Sound is via analogue to the bedroom hifi amp (old Myryad MI-120). Works very well, running MCE on Windows 7. It's basically below the noise floor of the room - the TV makes more hum than the PC...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel vs Gigabyte Z77 board and speedfan?
Replies: 5
Views: 3089

Re: Intel vs Gigabyte Z77 board and speedfan?

Gigabyte and Speenfan is a poor job compared to an Asus board with FanXpert.
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Shuttle DS61, any opinions about it?
Replies: 3
Views: 4523

Re: Shuttle DS61, any opinions about it?

I had one for a few days, fitted a Celeron G530 to it. The fans were OK, pretty quiet. They barely idled in normal use with the 65W Celeron, even when playing 1080p content. However, the coil whine was totally ridiculous. I could hear the whine over the two fans and the old Seagate Momentus 7200rpm ...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?
Replies: 26
Views: 25951

Re: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?

I've got you all beat with an off the shelf HP system that idles at <1w Of course that's when it's in sleep mode where it goes after 20 minutes of no use HERP DERP. :roll: The little NUC runs about 25W, and that's the i3 version (dual core with HT). I'm hoping it'll be nearer 20W once swapped in to...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: This may be the Holy Grail of silence
Replies: 37
Views: 27597

Re: This may be the Holy Grail of silence

I got an i3 NUC a few weeks ago. I've had no problems with it overheating, but the fan is very buzzy. No problems with the wifi not working due to heat either, and I'm using an Intel Ultimate-N 6300 beneath a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD. It performs excellently, I use it as a HTPC running Windows 7. HD4000 ...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 2:20 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Lian Li PC-TU200 PicoPSU ITX Build.
Replies: 9
Views: 5856

Re: Silent Lian Li PC-TU200 PicoPSU ITX Build.

What's the benefit of delidding the CPU, when you have to put the lid back on to make the CPU clamp in to the socket?
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 1:13 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive Heatsink I3 550
Replies: 2
Views: 1486

Re: Passive Heatsink I3 550

I use a Freezer Pro 7 with no fan on my i3-3225 in my server. Only two fans in the machine are the 120mm Fractal fans supplied. Your i3-550 should be OK with similar heatsink, assuming you have some case airflow.
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define R4 Power LED.
Replies: 3
Views: 7225

Re: Fractal Design Define R4 Power LED.

You don't have to physically take the button out to replace the LED. The power LED pulls easily out of the holder it's in - there's just a tiny bit of hot glue holding it in. I've replaced the blue LED on my Define Mini and Define XL with green ones, and glued a red LED to the side of the clear plas...
by HellDiverUK
Fri May 17, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Xeon 1240V2
Replies: 4
Views: 2227

Re: Xeon 1240V2

That MSI board is a good one. I had one, I liked it a lot, just a shame it had no HDMI output.
by HellDiverUK
Thu May 16, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Attempting to build a quiet gaming PC
Replies: 8
Views: 3644

Re: Attempting to build a quiet gaming PC

Crux wrote: 2. I have a spare laptop hard drive -- HITACHI 0A56415 2.5-Inch 250GB 5400 RPM SATA Internal Hard Drive -- would that be reusable in this desktop?
Yes, but it'll be horrendously slow. I'd rather dig my eyes out with a rusty spoon than use a 5400rpm drive in a desktop PC.
by HellDiverUK
Thu May 16, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Preferred SSD Brand These Days?
Replies: 13
Views: 5265

Re: Preferred SSD Brand These Days?

I've got a heap of Crucial M4 drives, no problems with any of them. I've had to upgrade the firmware a few times, but it was always simple from within Windows. I've also got a few Samsung drives, 830 and PM830. No problems with them at all. Finally, I have an old Kingston V+200, which has been perfe...
by HellDiverUK
Thu May 16, 2013 5:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for help to choose 3TB or 4TB drive
Replies: 7
Views: 4432

Re: Looking for help to choose 3TB or 4TB drive

I replaced a pair of Seagate 3TB DM drives with a pair of 4TB DM. The 4TB drives are much quieter when running, compared to the 3TB ones. The 3TB units also had the heat parking click, which isn't present on the 4TB units. All drives are bought in Seagate Expansion USB enclosures, and ripped out of ...
by HellDiverUK
Thu May 16, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define R4
Replies: 18
Views: 11518

Re: Fractal Design Define R4

Little mod I did with both my Define XL and Define Mini. Remove the front facia. Remove the 3mm Blue LED Replace the 3mm Blue LED with 3mm Green LED Glue 3mm Red LED with lead (ripped out of old scrap case) to side of clear plastic button surround, beside the Green LED. I used hot glue. Now the clea...
by HellDiverUK
Thu May 16, 2013 4:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5117

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

My NAS machine (see .sig) uses less than 60W under load. It's also pretty much silent (only two 120mm fans at 800rpm).
by HellDiverUK
Thu May 16, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Define Mini front fans (w/ full cages)
Replies: 4
Views: 1672

Re: Define Mini front fans (w/ full cages)

I ran a Define Mini as my NAS/server for a while. Used the two supplied fans in the front, controlled by FanXpertII on my Asus board. No other fans were fitted, leaving the rear fan hole empty and top fan holes plugged. Drives never went over 40C (20C ambient air temp). The fans rarely went past 120...