Pushing the quiet button
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking. It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced. Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.
"Earlier this month, we lauded Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte hard drive for its industry-leading capacity. We
weren't as impressed with the drive's noise levels, though. Under a seek load, the 7K1000 tipped our digital sound
level meter at over 57 decibels, putting it at the loud end of 7,200-RPM drives on the market.
The drive we used for testing was a standard retail model, and by default, those drives come with Hitachi's
Automatic Acoustic Management (AAM) disabled. Some of you suggested we test with AAM enabled, and we have."
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