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First post, by TelamonLivesOn

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Not that this is really important or relevant in any way, but what is the loudest hard drive you own? It can use any interface too, ranging from MFM to IDE to SCSI. I believe my loudest at the moment is a Western Digital Vantage 4.5gb 68-pin SCSI HDD. If possible, post audio samples of your drives. I love the sounds of old hard drives, they are sooo satisfying.

Reply 1 of 31, by pentiumspeed

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WD hard drive, old type HH 3.5 WD IDE. Yes the voice coil using 8 heads, 4 platters, black with screws (taller than the 1" height version), Not the tandon/wd stepper which is bare metal, screwless lid. Noisy and shakes the computer violently. WD at one time made 3.5" half height hard drive. Seen one once back in the day, around 1994 or 1995 and disassembled one of crashed landed thing.

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Reply 2 of 31, by keenmaster486

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Toshiba MK56FB. 5 1/4 inch double height drive. 150 MB. Sounds like a jet engine with harsh clicking noises to match.

Currently in my 286 machine. It works great.

I flermmed the plootash just like you asked.

Reply 3 of 31, by debs3759

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I had one that rattled so badly that I could have shaken a Martini on it. I decommissioned it before it failed - oddly it had no bad sectors, and all data was salvaged from it (although that did take 15 hours with data recovery tools on a 1TB drive). Had 4 drives fail in a 12 month period. Never had a failure in 25 years before that.

Reply 4 of 31, by Grzyb

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keenmaster486 wrote on 2020-11-25, 18:41:

Toshiba MK56FB. 5 1/4 inch double height drive.

It's called full height.
I have never heard about "double height" drives - if they even did exist, they weren't supposed to be installed in typical PC cases.

And yes, FH drives are loud indeed.

Reply 5 of 31, by keenmaster486

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Grzyb wrote on 2020-11-25, 18:50:

It's called full height.

I did not know that! I just meant that it occupies the space of two 5 1/4 inch bays.

I flermmed the plootash just like you asked.

Reply 8 of 31, by TelamonLivesOn

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2020-11-25, 19:32:

SCSI 20meg drive on my Mac SE.

I have one of those too. I completely forgot about it! It sounds like it is going bad, but it really isn't, it has worked really reliably.

Reply 9 of 31, by Caluser2000

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TelamonLivesOn wrote on 2020-11-25, 19:41:
Caluser2000 wrote on 2020-11-25, 19:32:

SCSI 20meg drive on my Mac SE.

I have one of those too. I completely forgot about it! It sounds like it is going bad, but it really isn't, it has worked really reliably.

Its out lasted the Apple branded 100meg SCSI hdd that was in my '89 MITEK 386DX33 system. haven't fired the ol gal up for a while. I'm in the process of cleaning/reorgonising my computer hobby area so will make some space for her to go.

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Reply 10 of 31, by creepingnet

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The IBM 250 MB drives that were original to my NEC Versa 40EC and M/75. They're not that loud at all, as they're 2.5" IDE drives, but they're louder by a nice margin from the 80MB Seagate Momentous those computers have now and amything else I have including the 3-80GB Desktop drives in my desktops.

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Reply 11 of 31, by quicknick

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CM 5508. A somewhat abortive clone of a ST-412, made in Bulgaria. Got two of them, one still works (kind of...)

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Reply 14 of 31, by Errius

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ST-412 which makes a horrible screeching sound. How do you lubricate these things?

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Reply 16 of 31, by TelamonLivesOn

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Errius wrote on 2020-11-25, 20:46:

ST-412 which makes a horrible screeching sound. How do you lubricate these things?

I just looked up a video of it starting up, yikes!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbpC--v54dE

Reply 17 of 31, by TelamonLivesOn

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This is the loudest I have heard so far, though I don't have one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCtlcmzGCTk

Edit: In this video, you can see how large it really is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1h4FP9JmVs

Last edited by TelamonLivesOn on 2020-11-25, 22:39. Edited 1 time in total.

Reply 19 of 31, by MII-233

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Sadly just an old Deskstar with a whiny spindle. Would love to get my hands on another Bigfoot TS as well as a Fireball or two, though.

Zenith: 2x 1266MHz PIII, Supermicro P3TDDE, 1x 512MB PC133 ECC, Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB, 80GB Barracuda 7200.9 (OS+Programs) + 160GB Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 (games), Windows XP Pro SP3

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