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Sentrinox 
5/8/08 1:34:03 PM
Learner
Hey guys,

I'm sitting here at work on my lunch break wondering about something i noticed earlier... A customer brought in an older computer to be fixed which had bad sectors on the hard drive. So i took out the old 10gb and put in a new 40, reinstalled windows and yada yada yada you know the drill...

First thing i noticed (and i've noticed this before)... Why are older hard drives noisy and new ones aren't? i'm not complaining about new hard drives... i like em quiet but with the older ones you can hear them start up and read/write to the drives pretty easily but you can't with newer ones. The 40gb is quiet (and all larger ones i've seen in my time with computers) but the dead 10gb and their storage 20gb in the computer are the loud old school ones. Were the 30gb drives the loud or quiet variation of hard drive?

If you don't understand what noise i'm talking about... fire up your old Win98 machine with the side panel off and listen to the jet take off... then do the same with your new pc and listen to how graceful it is =)

Thanks!

Regards, Sentrinox

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smadge1 
5/8/08 3:20:03 PM
Immortal

the bearings in the older drives are probably worn...

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pwarren 
5/8/08 3:21:58 PM
Champion

Often has to do with bearings about to fail. I guess theres also the 10 years of hard drive bearing development since then. We have Dynamic Fluid bearings now, which are much much quieter. Still, the 15k SAS drives we have in the machine room are still plenty noisy :)

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Sentrinox 
5/8/08 7:38:05 PM
Apprentice
Nah it isn't the bearings... every hdd 20gb and under i've ever heard has been 'noisy'. However 40gb and up hasn't been... i'm just wondering why this is and if the 30gb drives were the quiet or loud drives.

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elmo198 
5/8/08 11:06:17 PM
Champion

old tech dont have the same sound damper technology like todays hdd. is just that simple. todays hdd are suprior in everyway, faster, queiter and uses less power. in 30yrs time, we will all be using solid state hdd, the only noise you get from them is when you drop it on the ground. :)

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Sentrinox 
5/8/08 11:34:50 PM
Apprentice
So the drives are the same but the newer ones just use some sort of sound dampening material? Any idea if the 30gb drives had this material or not?

thanks

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smadge1 
6/8/08 8:57:12 AM
Immortal

well, it's more than likely a push for quieter and cooler technology, like has been said.

We want fast, cool and quiet tech, and this has been reflected in the design of just about all computer parts that make noise or create heat.

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{:|
but then:
}:D
I lol'd

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eckythump 
20/8/08 3:47:54 AM
Overlord

I've got a 40GB IBM DeskStar HDD and it's *seriously8 loud, even udring normal operation, and it always was.

I mean, it was so loud that you could hear it when it was idle and you were in another room.

LOUD!

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gazdude67 
21/8/08 9:22:18 PM
Serf
Ive noticed this as well, espically on 8 and 10 gig drives, some of the older seagate drives had rubber encasing them, was this for the noise problem??

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lunchbox1988 
22/8/08 3:22:12 PM
Guru

I would say it is the bearings, but that they use cheaper or slower bearings on the smaller disks.

I can't guarantee it as I am not willing to destroy a 500 to look at the bearing, but I would think this is why.

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