Tuesday, December 08, 2009

noisy LaCie fanless HD is noisy

I bought the black 500gb external hard drive from LaCie to use on my sat TV's PVR. Is it normal that a supposedly FANLESS HD makes as much noise as my entire 5 year old PC? I understand that a hard drive would make some noise when it spins, but I can hear it from outside the room.And it's like a windy sound. Sounds like a fan... I can barely hear my netbook's HD even with my ear on it. With no sleep mode, I can't sleep with that thing running in the room. And I can't switch it off, because then my PVR needs to reboot for 5 minutes. Not very conveniant.

I'm bringing it back to the store tomorrow. Haven't decided if I'm exchanging it for something that would be hopefully silent or if I just get my money back and not use the recorder.


Blogger Kai v3.0 said...

Would opening it up to see what's inside void the warranty?

1:03 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

I'm not gonna use the warranty. I'm gonna return it to the store and ask for my money back.

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a combination of high RPM and poor understanding of things like stray kinetic energy. The thing's probably bolted tight on both sides inside the case with not even any rubber washers.

You are probably wise to return it. A constantly vibrating surface can ruin a HDD in months through making the read head bounce on the surface. And that's from things like setting on a desk in a machine shop that's connected to the desk someone uses a power drill and a grinder at.

I personally have a Seagate external HDD and it works great. Its 2 years old and 240gig, I'll get one of their 1TB ones soon. Way back in the 90s I hated their stuff 'cause it was hard to install, well tricky rather, but this one was plug 'n play.

Also, it's only "On" when you need it (though I think there is a setting) but it takes 5 seconds to "Warm up" and then stays spinning 1/2 hour.

Just my info, good luck!

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Hentaikid said...

I had this problem with my external hd so I just removed the casing, since the air isn't trapped anymore the thing doesn't heat up as much and the fan barely runs

but yeah returning it probably works too :P

8:40 AM  
Blogger killernat said...

sea gate dose a beter job than lacie and they have a beter custermer support i had 2 500 gb hds fry because of a really shity external inclouser from future shop and they replaced bouth no questions asked free i then got a nextstar external case and i had no problomes for the last 2 years

11:59 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

It seemed to work alright.It was just too damn noisy, especialy considering it's supposed to be fanless. The noise is normal according to reviews I read online (I should have check before).

Anyway, I got my money back.

One of the problem I think comes from Bell's PVR machine. The recording program has no sleep mode. So the HD keeps spinning even when you shut down the PVR. And if you shut down the HD, the PVR reboots automaticaly.

I'll write to Bell and tell them they need to add a sleep mode.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous BigBigWorld said...

I'd look some up on a site like Newegg that has customer comments and reviews, see if any of the ones in store match something that people gave good marks online for being quiet.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Tainted Ink said...

I have four external hard drives that are USB powered. They have between 250 and 500 GB and make no noise at all. One is Logitec and the others are Buffalo. Plus they are pocket-sized. Very convenient.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

That would fix my problem, but USB powered portable HDs are not compatible.

7:41 PM  

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