3 September 2013 by Pragya Sinha
A number of hard drives tend to be noisy as they get old due their inability to store data sequentially; the phenomenon is called file fragmentation which results in scanning of more of the disk to access files.
The least noise hard drives have lower spindle speeds which are sufficient for accessing the data from the disk platters. Hard drives with spindle speeds of 10000 RPM and 15000 RPM produce more noise, so opt for lower spindle speed.
For the least noise, try to opt for hard disk drives with few platters. Also, drives with fluid dynamic bearings (FDB) should be preferred over those with mechanical bearings because mechanical components tend to be noisy whereas use of FDB spindle motors tend to be quieter. However, these could also be high performance hard drives with a spindle speed greater than 7200 RPM.
To further help you with the best buying options to get the quietest storage device for your home and workplace, we present here a listing of the least noise hard drives.