A Silent External Drive

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Can anyone recomend some?



Something fast and AC powered.



ty,

Kaiser

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    skyboltskybolt Posts: 111member
    We have found the Seagate FreeAgent drives to be completely silent. Have 3, and have never had a problem.
  • Reply 2 of 4
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    Originally Posted by skybolt View Post


    We have found the Seagate FreeAgent drives to be completely silent. Have 3, and have never had a problem.





    Thank you, Mary, for the help! I will look at them.





    Kaiser
  • Reply 3 of 4
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,229moderator
    The Seagate drives are quiet, I agree. I don't like them because they don't have a power switch so if you want to power it down, you can't. It just sleeps and then wakes up when the OS does a filesystem call, which pauses the OS until it's up and running. The only option really is to either never sleep the drive or unplug it when you aren't using it.



    They also take a long time to backup.



    I have a Lacie external, which does have a switch but it's not as quiet as the Seagate despite being fanless. It's quite fast though (50-70MB/s).



    The Lacie Little Big Disk Quadra looks good and is pretty fast as seen in the chart:



    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts...mance,694.html



    It's 2 x 2.5" drives in RAID-0. If you want speed at the expense of reliability then it could be an option but still, you only get the high performance over eSATA. The FW800 performance was a fair bit lower and it's expensive.



    The fastest FW800 (1394b) drive in the chart is the Maxtor OneTouch 3 Turbo but gets poor ratings.



    The next one down is the Hitach G-drive:



    http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive.cfm



    which is noted in the chart at 74MB/s as well as on their own site. I like the G-drive Mini, which can be bus-powered over FW800. If you get the 7200 RPM version, it should get the 71MB/s listed and because it's 2.5", it should be very quiet. Still, limited to 500GB.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    To all who replied, ty.



    Marvin, ty. That G-Drive does look good.



    Kaiser
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