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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.

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WesternDigital My Book 4TB

WD My Book 4TB External Hard Drive Storage


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WD My Book 4TB
WD My Book Studio Mac
WD My Passport for Mac
Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB (STCK1000100)
Toshiba Canvio Slim
WD My Book 4TB External Hard Drive Storage
WD My Book Studio 2TB Mac External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0
WD My Passport for Mac 1TB  USB 3.0
Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming (STCK1000100)
Toshiba Canvio Slim Portable Hard Drive 500GB
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Oct 2012
Aug 2012
Jan 2013
Sep 2012
Capacity
4096.0 GB
2048.0 GB
1024.0 GB
1024.0 GB
500.0 GB
Designation
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer, Tower & Drive Cases
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer
Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer
Enclosure
External
Plug-In Module
External
External
External
HDD Form Factor
3.5'
3.5"
Interface
USB, Serial ATA, FireWire
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Serial ATA
USB
Spindle Speed
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
5400.0 RPM

  • The WD My Book (4TB) desktop-class external hard drive is a basic, large-capacity drive. It's what you need if you're a compulsive video downloader, photograph everything you do, or need to keep every MP3 you own in one place.


  • Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.

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    Western Digital's 4TB My Book World Edition II NAS device is an easy and reasonably cheap way to store large amounts of data in a central location. Its overall performance is slow, but for tasks where speed isn't critical this NAS device is a decent choice.

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    Compact and light enough to easily fit in a backpack or briefcase, Western Digitalâ?? s My Book Studio external hard drive is a cute little bugger. Designed to resemble a book, the 6.5-inch tall drive stands upright, and you have the option of digitally labeling your drive (with 12 characters or less) so itâ?? ll read like a title on the binding a book.

    Designed specifically for a Mac, this plug-in-and-go drive is compatible with Appleâ??


  • For the Mac user who requires copious storage but not the mirroring capability of the Studio II, the Western Digital My Book Studio (2TB) makes a good Time Machine or working storage drive.


  • Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition is quite possibly the sexiest external hard drive we've seen, if we're allowed to call external hard drives that. The powdered silver casing is one of luxury, a single stretched ovoid line lit by white LEDs calmly and serenely tracks back and forth when it's in use.


  • The WD My Passport Portable makes an excellent portable drive for use with both desktop and laptop computers, at home or while on the road.


  • The market is pretty saturated with USB-only drives from a variety of manufacturers. Price per gigabyte and speed have become paramount concerns, and the only technical way to compare the contenders. The My Passport for Mac stacks up well against competing drives, producing some of the best times we've seen in a USB-only drive. It has comparatively strong pricing (though it's by no means the cheapest on the market), and it has a solid warranty behind it.


  • The Western Digital My Passport offers a spacious hard drive for casual Mac users who simply want to back their data up, but there are faster drives with faster connections available.

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    If you have a digital library that's larger than the capacity of your tablet and want to bring it all with you on the go, the Wireless Plus is arguably the best choice on the market.


  • If you have a digital library that's larger than the capacity of your tablet and want to bring it all with you on the go, the Wireless Plus is arguably the best choice on the market.