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by Tamas
Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Are SSDs really that bad?
Replies: 46
Views: 15526

Re: Are SSDs really that bad?

Here is an interesting forum topic which deals with realworld SSD write endurance testing with random incompressible data: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?271063-SSD-Write-Endurance-25nm-Vs-34nm Here is a summary picture about some different SSD drives which has been tested till t...
by Tamas
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 358059

I have a WD15EARS drive. It's also has this head park and increasing cycle count problem after several days of usage. Should I use WDidle3 to increase the park head wait time at this drive? http://lh6.ggpht.com/_l16gcJ3-6eQ/S47GXKrz2zI/AAAAAAAAAmY/NnkCeSe4z3k/Load-Unload%20cycle%20count%20%281%29.jpg
by Tamas
Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB?
Replies: 7
Views: 7611

Re: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB?

I noticed one shop is selling Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB for quite reasonable price (~30 € less than the WD GP or Seagate LP in 2 TB size). I tried searching for more information on the Internet but found quite little information. So, has anyone yet any experience with these hard drives? Here i...
by Tamas
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: enermax modu 82+ noisy fan
Replies: 66
Views: 44821

Let me refrase my question. I have 2 disks and 3 fans in my system ( 2 x fander 80mm, 1 x scythe 120mm) which run about 800 rpm each, and still the enermax psu is the loudest thing in my PC. Ticking fan is just much more audible than low broadband noise. I'm looking for a quiet PSU which will not s...
by Tamas
Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" SATA drive for external enclosure use
Replies: 2
Views: 1692

Re: 2.5" SATA drive for external enclosure use

darkbulb wrote:
Now I need recommendations for the actual HDD. It should be a SATA drive within 250-320 GB range.
I've been using two Hitachi 5K250 250GB for 1 year without any problem.
These are really quiet and energy efficient drives.
by Tamas
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fluoxetine 10mg capsules
Replies: 21
Views: 4138

Re: Is it possible to shorten an IDE cable? (cut and solder?

the back of my dvd rom drive is like an inch from my ide connector on the motherboard, so instead of buyin an sata drive would it be possible to cut a ribon cable and resolder it so that its only about 2-3inches long? or even better is there somewhere i could buy one that short? Thanks guys :D I've...
by Tamas
Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Reliable/low-noise ATA (IDE) hard drive
Replies: 18
Views: 4144

Back to the drives... From a recent posting of yours it seems that I should stay away from Seagate drives because of reliability issues. Would the Western Digital WD5000AAKB be a safe alternative after all then? I read a recommendation for Hitachi, but have from many sources heard to stay away from...
by Tamas
Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 10588

"Hitachi has played too honestly. WD basically lied about rpm, causing lots of confusion, and openly admitted constant operation at fixed rpm after majority of retailers already listed the drive in their catalogues as 7200rpm. At least 90% of Finnish retailers sell it as such. Also, the difficulty ...
by Tamas
Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 10588

Anyway, I still consider WD's decision even bolder than Hitachi's very successful engineering to reduce power consumption. Hitachi's solution didn't solve noise issues. Some steady improvement, but not a total revolution. Reviving 5400rpm was radical. Before GreenPower the last big 5400-revver was ...
by Tamas
Sun Dec 28, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2TB Western Digital 3.5-inch (WD20EADS) is QUIET?
Replies: 71
Views: 49321

What I wonder is how many platters this drive has. I'm guessing it has to be 4 or 5 platters. Seagate currently holds platter density record at 375GB per platter. I can certainly see WD upping that limit to 400GB per platter, which could make it a 5 platter drive. There is a possibility that WD upp...
by Tamas
Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 10588

Hmm... E7K1000 and 7K1000.B are the same, except that the first one has 32 MB cache and a higher MTB. http://www.storagereview.com/php/benchmark/suite_v4.php?typeID=10&testbedID=4&osID=6&raidconfigID=1&numDrives=1&devID_0=352&devID_1=361&devID_2=369&devCnt=3 Idle noise looks worrying. http://www.st...
by Tamas
Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 10588

GreenPower's power consumption in that review is quite high. Maybe it is with head loaded? Well, it's actually a fair comparison this way, as 7K1000.B has it's heads loaded and spinning at 7200rpm. Pretty darn impressive economy of that Hitachi. It practically matches 5400rpm competition (though it...
by Tamas
Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What's everyone's favorite 1TB drive?
Replies: 37
Views: 10588

I'm getting low on disk space and I have no idea what to buy. WD GP drives are quiet, but they might suicide, and they're not exactly stellar performers. Seagate is out, however tempting their 1.5 TB drive might be. IMHO, their last good drive was the Barracuda IV. WD Green Power drives not suicide...
by Tamas
Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 358059

I tried a DOS boot CD, but it does not support SATA drives. Can anyone help me as to how they successfully ran the program (WD will not support it). Just for the record, my machine is primarily used for Linux, but I have a dual-boot option to Win XP. Integrate WDIdle3.exe into the dos boot iso. (ul...
by Tamas
Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 358059

After several hours of usage, the Load / Unload Cycle Counter just increased by two (there was two switch on/off), which is absolutely normal for an APM disabled HDD.

This WDIdle3 program really works, and can switch off APM on WD Green Power. :)
by Tamas
Thu Dec 25, 2008 7:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 358059

Here is the SMART information from my first gen WD GP: WD10EACS I'm using it as a second data storage drive in WinXP/Vista enviroment. Actually these SMART values are contains raw information. The real question is what are they means, how does the manufacturer configured these counters? (Load / Unlo...
by Tamas
Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fast drive other then a Raptor.
Replies: 9
Views: 3016

Re: Fast drive other then a Raptor.

My Raptor X has been overally loud from day one and I think I want to ditch my dual drive setup for a single drive solution. I was looking into the 750 gig drives but wasnt sure if I should go with the Samsung or Seagate 32mb cache drives? I have been reading about a high failure rate with the sams...
by Tamas
Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD VelociRaptor: A Triple Crown
Replies: 125
Views: 61616

No doubt an impressive drive, but I'm having trouble getting worked up about hard disks when I see reviews for SSDs with sustained 120 MB/s transfer rates and essentially zero latency. They're expensive, and they have issues with small random writes, but these problems are rapidly disappearing. I'd...
by Tamas
Tue May 27, 2008 1:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone heard the new Hitachi 7K320 notebook HDD?
Replies: 1
Views: 1977

Re: Anyone heard the new Hitachi 7K320 notebook HDD?

Hi all, My local tech just told me that Hitachi have recently released a new range of notebook HDDs, the 7K320. These have up to 320GB, but the 250 and 320GB versions have 2 platters. Link: 7K320 specs pdf . Has anyone heard one of these? Cheers Potsy The declared power consumption infos (2,2W seek...
by Tamas
Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS Previews
Replies: 89
Views: 32300

They have pre-orders on scan.co.uk the price is absolutely crazy! http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=806694 £252!!! I was tempted by this hard drive, and if it had been £150, which in my oppinion is expensive I may have considered one, but at £252 there is no way on eart...
by Tamas
Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Better Option than the 7K200?
Replies: 9
Views: 4220

Maybe try a one platter Samsung HM160HC 160GB 5400RPM 2.5" drive.
It's a bit faster than the 7K200, wind noise also better, only disadvantage is the very big sample variance in terms of vibration. (all Samsung drives has this problem)
Samsung HM160HC HDTach results
by Tamas
Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-B9 fan, a small reader review
Replies: 4
Views: 2872

I've just applied this Noctua fan to my Thermalright XP-90. I've used a Noiseblocker SE2 9cm fan for 3 years at 1200RPM. The NB fan have become a bit loud because of it's bearings. The new Noctua is really silent, I can only hear the bearings from 5-6cm. The main noise is just windnoise what I can h...
by Tamas
Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fortron FSP350-60PN(PF) and upgrades - can it break anything
Replies: 6
Views: 2026

Re: Fortron FSP350-60PN(PF) and upgrades - can it break anyt

Hello, I use a Fortron FSP350-60PN(PF) ( http://www.fsp-group.com/english/1_product/2_detail.asp?mainid=1&fid=53&proid=367 ) now, bought in 2003 actually if I recall correctly. It works fine now with an E6300 on a Asrock Dual VSTA 775 board with an GF6600GT AGP card. I will upgrade the mainboard an...
by Tamas
Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi P7K500
Replies: 18
Views: 12691

I have an Antec P150, i wanna buy a P7K500 250GB model; in your opinion, is it necessary to cool it down with front 90mm fans, or can i avoid install them? I'm not sure how cool we want to keep drives (can anyone answer this?), but the P7k500 500gb in my Solo stayed below 38 degrees when I had no f...
by Tamas
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi P7K500
Replies: 18
Views: 12691

Charles wrote:Hi Tamás!

Nice to see my folks here. :) Where did you buy this drive? 8)
I am planning to buy a one-platter 250GB type (or 320GB).

BR
Charles
Hello :)

I've bought it from here, call him wether he has more on stock. 500GB version costs around 22500FT, or you can try this shop: Shop
by Tamas
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi P7K500
Replies: 18
Views: 12691

Did AAM on improve vibration? I am consider buying a 500GB P7K500, too. btw, did Hitachi make any fancy box for P7k500 like WD GP or just a plain retail box like T7K500? Thanks in advance. AAM mainly affects the head positioning speed, but if rapid seeks cause vibration in your PC case, it can help...
by Tamas
Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi P7K500
Replies: 18
Views: 12691

Hitachi P7K500

I haven't find any review about this drive, and I've just bought two of them, tought might somebody interested about P7K500, so I've opened this topic. :) Specs and general info about this drive: http://www.storagereview.com/hitachi_announces_deskstar_p7k500 -energy efficient -250GB / platter I've b...
by Tamas
Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Can all 2.5 inch HDDs be bus powered over USB?
Replies: 9
Views: 2745

A USB 2.0 compatible port has to provide 5V and current of 500mA, this means that they can provide maximum power of 2,5W / USB port. So the answer is: if you buy an efficient 2.5" hdd, which consumes less or around 2.5W, in most cases it'll work with one USB 2.0 port. (good quality cable also recomm...
by Tamas
Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair HX520 buzz/whine issues (other PSUs discussed too)
Replies: 213
Views: 142055

I wrote some words about this PSU 3 months ago. My friend using it in a Core 2 configuration. It was compeletely quiet no buzz or whine can be heard (quiet configuration) but now it started to whine. :(

It lasted 3 months... maybe the glue or other things dissolved and can't fasten the coils anymore.
by Tamas
Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which Seagate Drive is quieter
Replies: 6
Views: 3748

Re: Which Seagate Drive is quieter

I have to option of buying either 2 of these Second hand Seagate drives Seagate ST340015A 40GB Seagate ST360021A 60GB Could someone tell me which is the quietest and also the most durable? thanks Barracuda IV was a famous hdd. And it's usually really quiet, it has AAM (Acoustic Management) support ...