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250 GB SATA drives too noisy?
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Sep 26, 2003, 01:25 PM
Who makes the 250 GB drives for Apple G5's? If it is Western Digital, should I order smaller drives if noise is an issue (it is for me)?

Storage review.com's review says that each WD Caviar 250 GB drive adds a significant noise level to the computer and implies we should wait for the quieter fluid-bearing motor 250 GB drives.


Does any other manufacturer make 250 GB SATA drives that are quiet, and are hopefully the ones Apple is using?
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Sep 26, 2003, 02:32 PM
The 250GB drive in my G5 was made by Maxtor. Apple System Profiler calls it a Maxtor 6Y250M0. I haven't had any problems with noise from it.
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Sep 26, 2003, 07:38 PM
Yeah, mines a maxtor too. I think its quiter than the 160 Seagate when its working. I think it has liquid bearings too. Overall I'm very happy with it.
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Sep 28, 2003, 07:50 PM
I would recommend the 160 seagate anyway, as it uses a native sata connection. The maxtor and wd 250gb uses a convertor, if that's the models apple is using for the 250gb. It's debatable, but many believe the converter diminishes performances.
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