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Storage Quiet 8TB Drive for NAS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ShakeyJake, 1 Feb 2020.

  1. ShakeyJake

    ShakeyJake My name is actually 'Jack'.

    5 May 2009
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    Hi all,

    I wanted to upgrade my home server and so recently purchased a Seagate Ironwolf 8TB because it was the cheapest 8TB I could find and hey, it's only a NAS. Unfortunately, it was so noisy I actually thought it was broken and sent it back for a refund.

    Looking around and doing the research I should have done first time, it seems that a lot of 8TB drives are noisy, often reported to be due to being SMR drives. Unfortunately I've had to retire my server rack due to a house move and so the new server sits in my office, so I do need it be as quiet as possible, at least whilst idling but ideally also under load.

    I am obviously not an expert on hard drives (or computers generally!), but neither are the redditors that I've been reading comments from, so I thought I'd ask you guys who may actually know what you're talking about!

    The only considerations are price and noise levels. The data on it will be backed up and served over a gigabit home network. It's going to replace 2x 1.5TB drives so on that basis speed, power consumption and even (really) long term reliability aren't at the top of my list.

    Server specs in case they're necessary:

    i3 4150
    16GB DDR3
    ASRock H81
    Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD - /
    OCZ Vertex 64GB SSD - /swap
    Marvell 9215
    WD Green 2TB x2
    WD Green 1.5TB
    Samsung 1.5TB

  2. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

    28 Nov 2002
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    I've used wd reds for while now, they seem fine. Nas is in the spare room and I can't hear it.

    If your willing to wait and get your hands dirty, the 8tb WD my book is shuckable and often is a good saving.

    The shuck if done right doesn't damage the enclosure so your warranty is kept intact. You will get either a wd red or white which both work well for Nas workloads
    Yaka likes this.

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