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Quietest/Coolest 80GB 3.5" drive?

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I'm about to put together a via epia system to use as a router/firewall/mp3 server.

If possible, I'd like to run this fanless and so am looking for the quietest drive available.

Any suggestions - must be 80GB+, 3.5", speed is not even remotely important.

dave...

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Barracuda ATAIV, or wait for the Barracuda ATAV, which is the quietest drive in SR's database :D .

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dont get a cudda ATA IV or V... they run too hot to be fanless (unless you have a huge case with a heat sink on the drive)...

Get a 5400rpm drive... from the database i would choose the seagate U6 series.... and you may still want to use a heat sink on it >8- )

( btw.. never mount a seagate ATA IV upside down in a fanless mini-tower)

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Hadn't realised that storage review was doing heat measurements these days. Looks like a Maxtor 540 is about the best I can do heatwise (unless I come across a 536 on ebay).

BTW. I don't think heatsinks are an option - don't think they'll fit inside the case (http://www.mini-itx.com/reviews/2688R/). Should get it sometime next week - if heatsinks are dooable I'll certainly fit them.

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i have 2 of those cases. you could probably hack a heatsink.

perhaps you should consider having the os on compactflash and use an ide to cf adapter from pcengines.com

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Problem with the compact flash is space for my 60GB of ape files....

Looking at the case pics again, it does seem that there's a little space between the disk and the top of the mounting - maybe enough to squeeze in a few 486 heatsinks.

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Sorry if you took my comment the wrong way - I wasn't intending to be rude.

If there is a benefit to having the os on a flash stick (RAM disk) I'd certainly consider it, but I don't see what this benefit would be.

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I'm hoping that there won't be any disk reliability issues - I'm guessing that, given SR's environment readings, case temp should max out at 35C (under extreme disk activity, something I don't foresee) which should be within operating tolerances.

TBH the box will not house anything mission critical & I'd imagine that if the disk dies due to heat issues this will likely occur early on (i.e. in warranty).

BTW I've heard quite a few people mention running OS's from flash RAM - I'm not too sure that this is a sensible long term proposition given that said RAM has a stated maximum write-ability rating. I also wonder if flash RAM is designed to deal with the mem access patterns running an OS would present. (If anyone more knowledgeable can correct/confirm this opinion it'd be helpful).

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