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Re: O.T. Computers

SCSI discs are much louder- not sure why- and some ATA-100/133 drives are
avail with some sort of liquid bearing and insulation which makes them very
quiet- Seagate SoftSonic eqipped drives come to mind- www.tomshardware.com
just did a review- best r/w across the entire platter also-
I know Maxtor are very quiet also- and they have good support/return 

Fan noise is a big one- but until I swapped a few drives out with newer 
I had no idea how much the high pitched hard drive noise contributed to the
overall noise of the system- I would say it is close to 50/50 actually-

Also- a decent 7,200 rpm ata-100 drive is as good as most scsi drives, and
in some cases better- there is not much reason to go scsi unless you need
10000 or 15000 rpm with the best seek times. RAID arrays using IDE drives
are great- and Tom's even tested a RAID array comprised of small, quiet
notebook hard drives!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Sottilaro" <sine@zerocrossing.net>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 1:41 PM
Subject: Re: O.T. Computers

> SoundFNR@aol.com wrote:
> >
> > SCSI disks are supposed to be the best, but now the
> > IDE disks are easily good enough, and are cheaper
> > and more importantly quieter.
> > Also, the faster the disk spins, the louder it is,
> > and the "slower" Hard Drives  these days are quite
> > fast enough.
> > (unless you want to record 24 tracks at once).
> > ...but do get the largest capacity disk you can.
> Is this really true?  Are SCSI disks louder?  I've never really a/b'd
> two, but the difference has never been obvious to me.  Fan noise is your
> biggest problem, IMO, and you can spend a bit more to get quiet fans.
> Frankly, I can't remember the last time I used a mic, and I really don't
> notice the sound of my G4 while I'm mixing, but I don't have a true
> "studio" environment.
> Mark