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  1. #31
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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    I got rid of the stupid thing, it was getting really loud and VERY slow. I traded it in for a 160Gb samsung spinpoint 8mb cache and some cd-rs.
    this samsung is so much quieter and faster.

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    Smile Re: I got rid of the stupid thing, it was getting really loud and VERY slow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rickikaye69
    I got rid of the stupid thing, it was getting really loud and VERY slow. I traded it in for a 160Gb samsung spinpoint 8mb cache and some cd-rs.
    this samsung is so much quieter and faster.
    Yours is the first complaint I've seen about a Raptor being slow. Any chance there was a driver issue?

    Are there two different versions of the WD Raptor going around or something? One might think so
    from the divergence of opinions on how load they are.

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    cantankerous pointed out this article at storage review

    http://www.storagereview.com/article...0625TCQ_1.html

    It may dispell/confirm some rumors regarding different versions of the 74G raptor.
    If you read it thoroughly you'll see there are advantages/disadvantages to both.
    And WD confirmed in an email to him that a firmware upgrade was possible.

    got some links to some other pretty good HDD reviews in the article as well.

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rickikaye69
    I got rid of the stupid thing, it was getting really loud and VERY slow. I traded it in for a 160Gb samsung spinpoint 8mb cache and some cd-rs.
    this samsung is so much quieter and faster.
    Slow, in what way, please? Your case can easily be the root of the noise problem.

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    like the reader thing [dunno what its called] is actually scraping on the platter while its spinning, it was actually THAT loud while reading/writing.

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    That's what I was thinking BMW. Many of the Raptor complaints are probably
    because of sympathetic vibrations emanating from the high RPM disk.

    Rubber Grommets anyone?

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rickikaye69
    I got rid of the stupid thing, it was getting really loud and VERY slow. I traded it in for a 160Gb samsung spinpoint 8mb cache and some cd-rs.
    this samsung is so much quieter and faster.
    I did the same thing as you , I sold my 74 gid raptor , I saw ( no I ma not talking benches) no difference in overall system load times , I ended up with a Hatachi 120 gig deskstar w/a 8 meg cashe
    Just my opinion , but the raptor is overrated IMO
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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rickikaye69
    like the reader thing [dunno what its called] is actually scraping on the platter while its spinning, it was actually THAT loud while reading/writing.
    I should have recommended removing the drive, and running it on a soft thick pad outside of the case, for comparison. Mechanical resonance with a case has proven to be the problem several times. We've recommended just putting the drive in a different bay with positive results being posted back.

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by BWM
    I should have recommended removing the drive, and running it on a soft thick pad outside of the case, for comparison. Mechanical resonance with a case has proven to be the problem several times. We've recommended just putting the drive in a different bay with positive results being posted back.
    you did suggest that so I tried it (I always run it out of the case for a few hours, just in case it fails) and it made no difference.

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?


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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    I suspect tht the noise that Rick was hearing was either one of the platters contacting the case or the read/write arm touching a platter (or platters) or the case.
    Photos from http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk5.htm.
    I've been using 2-36GB Raptors for over a year now and the only sound I hear is the high pitch but barely discernable sound when they first spin up. This would also account for the poor performance.
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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    thats what it sounded like, oh and that high pitched noise got louder as well, it stopped me from sleeping some nights, even with the side panel on.

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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    i borrowed a raptor for a couple of days from a friend of mine, couldn't hear a damn thing. Of course I have a tornado running full speed, so nothing tops that. Sounds rather defective to me.
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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    I just turned off all fans in my case for a couple secs and could only hear my PSU fan. Something was definitely wrong with his Raptor. The only time I ever hear it is when it's seeking like mad during defrags which is expected of a 10K drive. I don't hear any whine either.
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    Re: Should I buy a Raptor?

    ok i just bought a raptor 74gig. this is my first experience with one. It runs great. The only thing i hear is it reading and writing. you can hear it. You could never hear my older drives but its ok. The thing is fast.

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