|Originally posted by Grimdeath|
As per Seagates Site:
* The disc drive is making noise when it is idle.
The heads on a disc drive are moved to the "high-flight zone" (toward the outside of the platters where the most air is flowing under the heads) during times of inactivity. To maintain the reliability of the drive the heads are moved within the high-flight zone in a pre-programmed pattern. This cannot be altered and does not affect the performance of the disc drive.
Long ago mikeyboy--time to time--mentioned the seagate whizzing sound.
So about a year ago I decided I wanted to know why and dug this up. It's the exact same quote you gave above.
That quote was clearly true for older generations but it is completely unclear whether it is true for the current drives.
You may have detected my cautious wording. I've been willing to accept there may still a whizzing sound, but I can't seem to prove that to myself. There's no majority consensus agreeing that there is still a whiz. In the link you gave it seems people are saying 'i think there is a whiz' or 'I don't think there's a whiz'.
I've listened for the whiz myself time to time for a month now.. I can't seem to hear it, but then again, the receiver has a fan and the replay has a fan. They aren't too loud, but enough to continue the uncertaintly.
But now my attitude is: until I start hearing a whiz that bothers me, I'm going to keep buying them for the 5 year warranty, cheapness, and the apparent 'no whiz'.
I'm still waiting for a whiz to pop out of nowhere. Those are the sort of slaps in the face I'm used to.
Just yesterday I installed one (200 gig seagate) in the bedroom computer/dva server. The computer is nearly silent with a seasonic PS and a super quiet CPU fan. I just turned off the room fan, turned off everything in the room and put my ear to the computer. The new seagate is not being accessed... I hear nothing.. zero. I can only assume it makes will make some
noise at some point, but I sure don't seem to be in the room when/if it does it. As far as I can tell this is the most silent HD in history.
So the uncertainty continues.
Can anyone step up and say they've heard any annoying whizziing or other sounds?
Also, I'd like to find out about seagate's equivlant to maxtor's amset. I remeber being on seagates website and reading that the tool was now only availible from 3rd parties and that they no longer supported it. The passage read as though they were practically encouraging it--at least saying it was a choice you have. In the link you left it was said that seagate removed the tool because of copyright reasons. Assuming these drives to make some noise (some noise I can't readily hear) there is still some exploration that can be done with the silencing software (whever they call it).
my last word is
I'm still open ears to any reason these drives might be bad, but I'll be buying them until