WD Caviar Black is a loud drive


#1

I bought a WD Caviar Black and I find the drive is loud compared to other drives from Samsung and Hitachi. I can hear it seek when it is working hard, but some other drives I have owned I do not hear anything from. Anybody else feel this drive is louder than other drives on the market (WD Green, WD Blue, and Samsung)?


#2

Well I can say I do Agree with you on the Noise from these drives. I own 5 of them From Day one The drives make constant noise . My drives are in my Mac Pro 2.8 Ghz 8Core 4gigs of ram. I Ran All the Tests to see if the drives were faulty with no negitive results. However My first 1tb black drive makes a clunking Noise so I am SETTING UP RMA with WD as i type tihis. this  drive did fail the integrity test read and write so its getting replaced.  The other 4 1tb black drives are mostly quite, when idle at  least they are for now. I don’'t know if its just a quirk. WD recomends to zero out the drives prior to installing an OS I don’t know if this helps that issue at all but I am  processing that now on 2 of the drives. we will see what happens. 


#3

I have used the drive for a few weeks now.

It sure does make a nice rumble when it seeks. I have a aluminum case and the drive is mounted right at the front so I guess I notice it more.

 I have it soft mounted, but the reviews seem to be consistent with the noise level.

You hear it when it first spins up and then when it is seeking hard.


#4

Anybody else have feedback on this?


#5

Noisy? strange, mine are pretty quiet even when very busy, mine is the 50000AAKS version or so.


#6

I have this drive as well, and it’s not exactly a “noisy” drive. The sound you hear is from your case resonating from the vibration of the drive, get a high quality case or a good hard drive silencer and you won’t hear it.


#7

I am experiencing the same thing.  Just bought the caviar black 2 weeks ago. Very loud on seeks.  I’ve read conflicting reports; some say its quiet, others say it’s noisy.  I am uneasy about this since I feel like I’ve heard this sound before on older disks.  The best way to describe it is this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBhR91KEAHM  Check 38 seconds in.  My caviar black sounds just like this.  Doesn’t sound good in my opinion but maybe I’m wrong?  Is this normal for caviar blacks?