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by michaelb
Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: The quietest: 2.5" drives
Replies: 75
Views: 86867

Would the 40 GB scopio version be that much quieter than its 60GB brother? I wonder if double platter notebook drives tend to be much louder than single platter. I quote Fujitsu's spec indicating a huge difference, in this thread: http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=22437 I've bought o...
by michaelb
Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fujitsu MHV2040AT (replacing MHT2040AT?) 1.5B 16db spec
Replies: 7
Views: 7228

Here's my subjective, amateur comparison of four single platter drives: -quiet- 2.5" 40gb 4200 Fujitsu MHV2040AT Thailand mfg 4/05 2.5" 40gb 5400 Hitachi 5K80 HTS548040M9AT00 2.5" 40gb 5400 Toshiba MK4026GAX 3.5" 80gb 7200 Seagate 7200.7 -loud- Fujitsu in Dell 9300: Idle is extremely quiet, inaudibl...
by michaelb
Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fujitsu MHV2040AT (replacing MHT2040AT?) 1.5B 16db spec
Replies: 7
Views: 7228

According to the manual http://www.fcpa.com/download/download/hard-drives/mhv2xxxat-manual.pdf The cache is now 8MB, not 2MB. (The 80gb and some 60gb MHTs are 8MB, but the 40gb and 20gb MHTs are 2mb cache. Even the single platter MHVs are 8MB cache.) And, even more important (to me at least) the abo...
by michaelb
Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:54 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Fujitsu S6231 is UBEr quiet, silent with HDD change out
Replies: 5
Views: 5051

RaNDoMMAI, Which not-so-quiet drive was in the notebook when you got it? Which silent drive did you end up replacing it with, if any? I ask because I'm planning to buy a Fujitsu 2.5" ( http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=22437 ) and since your notebook is Fujutsu, am surprised drive was...
by michaelb
Sun May 29, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Fujitsu MHV2040AT (replacing MHT2040AT?) 1.5B 16db spec
Replies: 7
Views: 7228

Fujitsu MHV2040AT (replacing MHT2040AT?) 1.5B 16db spec

Fujitsu seems to have replaced the 4200 MHT2040AT with 4200 MHV2040AT. Same specs except it uses less power, has better opererating shock stat, and has up to 60GB per platter in MHV2060AT or MHV2120AT. Any experiences? I'd hope it's as quiet as the MHT. A highly rated retailer has the new version (M...
by michaelb
Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:50 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 120mm Evercool Aluminium Fan
Replies: 145
Views: 88603

<<Is this the quiet version? ("low speed" or whatever)>> Not sure, just saw it on the fatwallet forum (a few posts up) and thought I'd post here. I haven't bought one. Isn't it the medium version, which early posts in this thread claim works well undervolted? From the seller's website: Evercool 120m...
by michaelb
Thu Nov 20, 2003 3:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

OK, I've had the Hitachi 5K80 in the Thinkpad for several days now. To my ear, it seems about 5%-10% of the volume of my old, awful drive. For the most part, it is quiet enough for me, but it is still quite audible. If the room is quiet, I can hear the idle rotation of the drive. Even with lots of b...
by michaelb
Mon Nov 10, 2003 4:33 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why do some people tolerate noise more than others?
Replies: 70
Views: 20423

My wifes' Botox treatments cost $185 and that lasts 2-3 months (usually closer to 3) and our insurance doesn't pay for it. $2/day seems like a cheap alternative to the pretty debilitating migraines she has. I just suck it up and pay it. Yeah, putting it that way does make me realize I should start ...
by michaelb
Mon Nov 10, 2003 12:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

Well, I have an embarassingly old (and horrifically loud) 17mm drive, so I had to order an enclosure that would fit it: http://www.okgear.com/OK250-1.htm $21 shipped, tall enclosure I emailed mfr to be sure 17mm fits, they say no problem. EDIT: just came in, and it looks like it would fit a 12mm, bu...
by michaelb
Mon Nov 10, 2003 11:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

Happily, though, a quick trip to Red Hat's hardware browser applet gave me the info. The drive is a Hitachi DK23DA with capacity of 20GB. .... For what it's worth, I can tell you firsthand that in my Thinkpad at least, 3.1 bels is very quiet. Thanks much for posting the drive model.:D The 5K80 I pl...
by michaelb
Sun Nov 09, 2003 1:23 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why do some people tolerate noise more than others?
Replies: 70
Views: 20423

Botox treatments in her forhead about every 2-3 months. This completely gets rid of her migraines (but she doesn't have the super killer migraines that some get, hers are sort of "medium migraines). Mine are medium but sometimes are frequent. I've been meaning to do more research on Botox-ing or sn...
by michaelb
Sun Nov 09, 2003 10:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

From the 5K80 document on Hitachi website, T5K80_sp2.0.pdf: 6.6.1 Sound power levels The criteria of A-weighted sound power level are described below. Measurements are to be taken in accordance with ISO 7779. The mean of the sample of 40 drives is to be less than the typical value. Each drive is to ...
by michaelb
Sun Nov 09, 2003 10:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

MikeC's article http://www.silentpcreview.com/goto.php?t=s&id=121&a=1 has a link to http://www.silent.se/iso-9296.php which says that "Not possible to convert between B and dB A decibel is a tenth of a bel: 1 B = 10 dB. While possible to convert between bel and decibel, is it not possible to convert...
by michaelb
Sun Nov 09, 2003 12:18 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

Found the other complaint about Toshiba GAX noise. (Not to contradict the original poster; each sample can be different, as well as each installation) http://www.barefeats.com/hard34.html That review also says the 7200 Hitachi isn't too very loud. (Noise is discussed near the end of the review) Wish...
by michaelb
Sat Nov 08, 2003 11:41 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why do some people tolerate noise more than others?
Replies: 70
Views: 20423

until a therapist found my suboccipital muscles I'll ask a massage therapist I know about that. There's also been some research into the corrugator muscles, which are cut in cosmetic surgery to reduce wrinkles. (A cosmetic surgeon noticed his patients were losing their headaches, and the research b...
by michaelb
Sat Nov 08, 2003 11:40 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why do some people tolerate noise more than others?
Replies: 70
Views: 20423

I wonder how many people here are also -very sensitive to lights, such as CRT flicker, florescent light, flashing from cieling fans; very sensitive to touch, such as being easily tickled or irritated by the wrong touch; very sensitive to taste or smell, such as able to notice (or finding annoying) f...
by michaelb
Thu Nov 06, 2003 9:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

Actually, the two sizes of Momentus series 2.5" drives, 20 and 40GB, are available with either 2MB or 8MB of cache, though a lot of dealers only have the 2MB. Thanks, hadn't realized. The noise spec is a bit higher than the 5K80, 2.3 instead of 2.1 at idle. So... Anyone know of any 7200 RPM drives ...
by michaelb
Wed Nov 05, 2003 7:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Info about some quiet notebook hard drives.
Replies: 46
Views: 22179

Very useful indeed! The Hitachi whine in my notebook is getting at my nerves, I like the looks of the Fujitsu... Which Hitachi model? I'm about to buy the Hitachi 5K80, which I'm expecting to be extremely quiet. Does anyone have experience with this drive? (Other than Al Bundy who finds it quiet: L...