Looking for a Quiet 3TB 7200 drive

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Looking for a Quiet 3TB 7200 drive

Post by joms » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:50 pm

Im looking for a quiet 3TB 7200rpm hard drive to act as storage for my audio/video editing. I will be using an SSD for my OS

Programs to be used = Adobe Premiere / photoshop / After Effects (video editiing) and Cubase for Audio thus I need the HD to be as quiet as possible, yet also fast to edit my videos.

I don't intend to put this in a raid. FYI.

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Re: Looking for a Quiet 3TB 7200 drive

Post by washu » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:16 am

The Barracuda 3TB (ST3000DM001) is probably your best bet in a 7200 RPM drive. I have several along with a few of the 2TB models and I'm very happy with them. They are both fast and very quiet. While WD Greens are subjectively quieter, they are slower (being 5400 RPM) and I can't hear either of them when in my case on the floor.

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Re: Looking for a Quiet 3TB 7200 drive

Post by fanerman91 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:33 pm

Thread hijack... but what is the difference between the

Seagate ST3000DM001 and the Seagate STBD3000100 ?

A quick Newegg search reveals the Toshiba DT01ACA300 and the Toshiba PH3300U-1I72 as other 3TB/7200rpm hard drives. Could anybody recommend one?

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Re: Looking for a Quiet 3TB 7200 drive

Post by HellDiverUK » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:06 am

I've got a ST3000DM001 - it vibrates quite a bit. It's a lot louder than the older Barracuda XT 3TB (ST33000651AS).

Both were ripped out of retail boxed Seagate Expansion external drives (the older XT out of an Expansion 2.0, the newer DM001 out of an Expansion 3.0). Very cheap way of getting drives, and you can RMA the drives using the serial on the mechanism. The only thing to note is the firmware can be different to bare drives, but I've never had an issue with that.
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