Hardware Thread, Noisey *new* WD hard drive... in Technical; Just got one of these http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=27026
Stuck it in and hell is it noisey! Its a high pitch noisey, persumably ...
23rd January 2008, 10:54 AM #1
Noisey *new* WD hard drive...
Just got one of these http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=27026
Stuck it in and hell is it noisey! Its a high pitch noisey, persumably from the platters spinning. At first i thought my PSU had gone as its that type of high pitch whale, the type that you can hear in any part of the room, sort of like when your tele is making that high pitch noise but not as high.
Anyone else had one of these? Does it quiet down or should i be sending it back?
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23rd January 2008, 10:56 AM #2
I've heard (mind the pun) that these disks are incredibly noisy... something about not being allowed to use noise reduction technology but I took that statement with a pinch of salt.
23rd January 2008, 11:02 AM #3
I doubt its going to get any better with age. I've returned new drives in the past as I just couldn't live with the noise, even when they were supposed to be quiet. It all seems a bit hit an miss to what the pitch will be from the motor.
You could try a spinpoint, I've stopped buying WD's as mine all seem to die (even the expensive raid editions I bought for a NAS). Not really *all* of them, but more than I would like.
23rd January 2008, 11:14 AM #4
I've always found Seagate Barracuda disks to be fairly quiet. I also avoid Aria at all costs due to bad experience with their customer services.
23rd January 2008, 11:16 AM #5
Intresting, I would say the exact opposite of this...
Originally Posted by webman
They've always been very good at arranging returns and replacements for us.
Just shows you how much experiences can vary I guess
23rd January 2008, 11:51 AM #6
You get what you pay for.
A 500gig hard disk for £50? Something has to give.
I use raptors in my home PC, for reliability and speed, they cost a lot of dosh though.
You could try rubber gromets though, that might help. Try your local modeling shop for some model aircraft fuel hose, cut into 2mm o rings and place wither side of the mounting screws, just dont over tighten them. Also make sure its not the case resonating, as this can casue one hell of a racket and is somewhat easier to fix with foam tape and such like.
23rd January 2008, 12:05 PM #7
23rd January 2008, 12:07 PM #8
@Jona: In a nutshell: they refused to refund money for a faulty product and eventually after about 8 weeks they offered a credit note to a value less than what I paid for the product originally. During this time it was difficult to get a response from people at Aria, so I explained the situation (nicely!) on the forum and was subsequently banned (some woman repeating "This is my lair, I can do what I like, we'll have no negative comments here!"). Very unprofessional in my personal opinion.
23rd January 2008, 12:23 PM #9
Thats how much 500gb hard drives are now, all the big brands are within a few £ of eachother.
Originally Posted by ICT_GUY
Im quite sure my case isnt resonanting but will give it a go. Got it on to copy 400gb today while im at work, and may remotely log in to delete the data and restart the copy so that it gets a *good* burn in.
Last edited by j17sparky; 23rd January 2008 at 12:27 PM.
23rd January 2008, 12:31 PM #10
Fair enough, I always use the RMA form avaliable here: http://www.aria.co.uk/Support/Returns+Info
Originally Posted by webman
And if needs be phone customer services (0870 443 2389).
23rd January 2008, 12:32 PM #11
Yes, I did use the RMA form and followed the whole process. A story about the phone number, too - I phoned at 4:20pm one day and was kept on hold until 5pm when I was then told that they had closed. Thanks a lot Aria.
23rd January 2008, 12:42 PM #12
- Rep Power
Nice grommets here:
(Hope I am allowed to post site links here )
23rd January 2008, 01:45 PM #13
23rd January 2008, 02:08 PM #14
I see the raptor as an overpriced marketing exercise though, there are plenty of other disks rated at 1.2m hours mtbf with higher densities that get similar performance. The raptor is just expensive because it can be, not because it is somehow a better class of drive.
23rd January 2008, 02:32 PM #15
I really should replace the 40GB drive I have at home... then again I would have to install everything again....
I like maxtor.... except they don't exist anymore :P
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