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by IdontexistM8
Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet, cool & non-vibrating >300GB 3,5" for a PV
Replies: 11
Views: 6134

I willing/hoping to be corrected..but haven't all the major players stopped making 3.5" 5400 rpm drives?

Tis a shame. :(
by IdontexistM8
Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 500GB drives
Replies: 5
Views: 2639

Have the higher capacity WDs lost that idle tick noise I've had on two 3200JBs?
by IdontexistM8
Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:12 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Silencing external Drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 2001

My tips for external drives are to look at putting them on either a rubber mouse mat, a polystyrene block or foam padding.

Indeed I've used the padding from the external enclosures' packaging to good effect.

Other option would to be to boost the rubber feet with sorbothane.
by IdontexistM8
Mon May 01, 2006 3:49 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Notebook GPU fan question
Replies: 0
Views: 2302

Notebook GPU fan question

I'm thinking it's about time to upgrade my old Toshiba machine. It's a Satelllite 5100-503 and only has one fan for the CPU (GPU = GeForce4 440 Go). It's not exactly super quiet but it does only come on when required or when the machine is being heavily pushed. I find it bearable. Ideally I'd look f...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: ASUS V6VA should be quiet by SPCR standards
Replies: 4
Views: 5829

Asus seem to make very nice laptops.

I'm not keen on glossy screens however which leaves choice extremely limited.

Were you able to try out the machine before you bought it or was it mail order?
by IdontexistM8
Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Asus W3V - The perfect power/portability hybrid! But quiet?
Replies: 5
Views: 6193

Do tell more...does it have a fan always on? How many fans are inside? Does it go through fan cycles?

I'm interested in the Asus range as a possible replacement for a Toshiba.

Thanks :)
by IdontexistM8
Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any respetable review site for optical drives?
Replies: 9
Views: 2307

Slot drives are never great, I wouldn't stick one in a PC unless it was the only option. As for Plextor, it seems the build quality make not be what it was a few years back. I have a Plexwriter Premium and it's stunning drive. Their DVD writers have not reached close to that standard. I believe the ...
by IdontexistM8
Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for a Quiet if not silent CD/DVD Writer.
Replies: 12
Views: 4117

Well I got it today, and it's certainly not overly noisy, I'd put it on a par with a Plextor. However the PL3507 enclosure was a duff move as Nero can't verify disks for some reason. Tried flashing the chipset firmware but it won't work. I can get the Benq to run fine in another enclosure with GL711...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestions for a Quiet if not silent CD/DVD Writer.
Replies: 12
Views: 4117

I'm just about to try a Benq 1650 in an external enclosure. I have been using NEC drives in plastic enclosures and after a recent bit of scanning/checking been mildly disappointed with some of the burn qualities. With the new drive I'm also getting a aluminium enclosure with a Prolific PL3507 chipse...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New Samsungs no longer quiet
Replies: 73
Views: 39913

Just put a SP2514N out of the box in an external enclosure and it's noticeably different to the old 160gb units I have. The idle whoosh is about the same, perhaps a touch higher but there's no hint of whine. The seeks are acceptable, not great when you are transfering from multiple drive sources. Wh...
by IdontexistM8
Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:04 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: are dell inspiron 6000 or xps m140 notebooks silent?
Replies: 11
Views: 7046

I believe the Inspirons have a fan on at all times which ain't gonna please anyone here.
by IdontexistM8
Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Would like some advice, new 2.5" hd
Replies: 1
Views: 1179

Go with a Sammy, from multiple experiences Tosh drives are totally unreliable.
by IdontexistM8
Wed Jan 25, 2006 11:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Props to Samsung Customer Service
Replies: 17
Views: 4603

Devonavar wrote:The official Nidec/JVC motor poll. AFAIK, yes, the new drives are all Nidec, but Samsung wouldn't confirm this...
Yeah I remember contributing to that poll when it seemed to be split mainly on the 160gbs when they first came out.
by IdontexistM8
Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Props to Samsung Customer Service
Replies: 17
Views: 4603

I'm sure someone once posted that all the 200gb+ drives were Nidecs..can anyone confirm this?

I'm looking to buy from PC World.
by IdontexistM8
Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:15 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Fan Control software for Thinkpads here
Replies: 3
Views: 3757

Which Thinkpad do you have?
by IdontexistM8
Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New 300-400GB samsung
Replies: 2
Views: 1894

PC World have had the PATA 300gb listed for some time, now showing as in stock.

Link
by IdontexistM8
Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Harddrive Shortage?
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

Would have definitely seasonal, specific 2.5" hard drives were tricky to find in the UK and I guess 3.5" too.

I'm sure the major desktop and laptop manufacturers buy large bulks of stock in the autumn.
by IdontexistM8
Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:10 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: XBox360 Dissected
Replies: 29
Views: 10886

Hmm it's those fans that are key...unless my eyes are off they look like a one piece plastic section (bar the blades).

Two fans, some superglue and cable ties could be the order of the day :D

Of course I'll be waiting for the first mod chip to make an appearance. :wink:
by IdontexistM8
Thu Nov 17, 2005 7:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung MP0804H owners - a question..
Replies: 10
Views: 3297

I believe the second quote is also one of mine. Without doubt the Tosh's have improved but I guess they are also doing this head unmount as per every other drive it seems. It's more annoying than noisy. One other thing to note, the MK8032GAX is totally unconfigurable using any utility. The APM is fi...
by IdontexistM8
Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung MP0804H owners - a question..
Replies: 10
Views: 3297

Well here's some more clicking drive info... Found the new Toshiba MK8032GAX also does 'it' when idle for say 10sec+ I'm wondering whether my laptop is to blame but I've never noticed it on my previous Tosh drives... Perhaps it was because they were accoustically louder and such things were not as n...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Nov 12, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Xbox silencing thread - updated with photos!
Replies: 36
Views: 24039

Time to dig out this thread again...

Has anyone ever tried putting a 2.5" drive in? I know the tray isn't the right size but with a bit of jiggery pokery I would have thought it could accomodate one.
by IdontexistM8
Sat Nov 12, 2005 12:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What is THE quietest 2.5" hard drive on the market now?
Replies: 17
Views: 4242

Re: What is THE quietest 2.5" hard drive on the market

As I said, I have no such click with my WD3200JB. Anyway, I heard that Western Digital's RMA policies let you RMA a drive for pretty much any reason so you shouldn't have a problem. I'm right now in the process of RMAing my WD3200JB because the SMART system was throwing errors (a closer examination...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Nov 10, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung MP0804H owners - a question..
Replies: 10
Views: 3297

Woes continue!! :(

Well Samsung's RMA service via Rexo in the UK is quick...but nowt else I'm afraid. Wasn't a new drive as I had been promised my Andrew @ Samsung HDD support. Looks clearly a refurb and on the label it's undated. Also..it makes more clicky noises than the previous one. Indeed if left idle for any len...
by IdontexistM8
Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Scorpio Metalic Loop Noise
Replies: 8
Views: 2018

I stand corrected. Sounds like an RMA all the way.
by IdontexistM8
Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Scorpio Metalic Loop Noise
Replies: 8
Views: 2018

Sounds like it fits the profile. Not sure I'd describe it as a metallic loop though. Like jaganath says do some research before RMA-ing and try the utilities. However if your drive is recent (i.e. manufactured within the last 6 weeks) it may not be fixable until WD release another firmware update th...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" Western Digital Scorpio WD800UE any good ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1660

You may or may not get a clicker...might be pot luck I'm afraid.
by IdontexistM8
Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung MP0804H owners - a question..
Replies: 10
Views: 3297

I have 2 80G Samsung 2.5" drives, 1 in my laptop (which doesn't see a lot of use) and the other in a desktop. I can't say I've heard anything much from them ever. Does yours get hot? Drives do tend to get hot in my laptop because of where the bay's positioning at the front of the machine, away from...
by IdontexistM8
Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung MP0804H owners - a question..
Replies: 10
Views: 3297

So it could be the platter swap?
by IdontexistM8
Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung MP0804H owners - a question..
Replies: 10
Views: 3297

Samsung MP0804H owners - a question..

Now perhaps I'm having bad luck with drives (also see Scorpio & WD3200) or I'm being picky but I'm wondering whether there's an issue with the Samsung MP0804H I've got. The best way to find out in this instance as I haven't seen anything from a quick google is to pose it here for fellow Samsung 2.5"...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Oct 30, 2005 8:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: The quietest: 2.5" drives
Replies: 75
Views: 86234

forgieboy wrote:I live in Australia. WD don't do advanced RMAs outside the US, Canada and the EU. I'll wait to see what they see in their email about the clunking noise...
Bad luck there :(