Right... The background info (I guess it isn't really necessary to read this, I'll ask the question fully afterwards):
I am currently scraping together several computers to start off as the first servers for my 'business project' (a website (please don't ask for details
)). Unfortunately, money is rather
an issue. However, I have managed to get two 2003 Compaq towers for an extremely good price and an eMachines (I know...
) tower for free, as the company that had it wanted a new computer, I recommended them one, so I got given the old one (it is extremely unreliable, especially the HDD. Windows had to be reinstalled twice on it due to the hard drive continually messing up. Y'know, claiming it didn't exist, claiming it needed wiping, claiming there was nothing on the HDD to boot from etc.). I had an old (2005) 80GB 7200rpm Hitachi Deskstar that used to be in my last, last computer. It is perfect. It is very quiet, and extremely reliable (touchwood) (surprising, due to my history with Hitachis HDDs...). The HDDs that came with the Compaqs were a) tiny capacity and b) one is literally about to break, the PC kept shutting down due to it and the other sounds like an army of mosquitoes (no, it's not the fan)
. The 200GB HDD that was in my last computer a) has some of my data on it still and b) also sounded like it was going to die soon (seriously, I heard clunking sometimes). There is a fourth computer, a friend's ex-desktop, but it has fine specs and is relatively quiet so doesn't need a new HDD.
(And yes, I need IDE, not SATA, as they are fairly old machines) The Question:
So, the short of it is, I need recommendations for 3.5" internal IDE
HDDs that are QUIET
(if you haven't read the above info, look for the long bit in italics. I want ones that are really
quiet at running.) that have a relatively high capacity (let's say, around 200GB
) and don't cost the earth (I found a 500GB Hitachi Deskstar on eBay that's £130. That's rather
out of my price range
), for server use
. It would also be handy if there are a few of them available on the internet
, as finding a perfect but unique one wouldn't be particularly convenient.
Once again, apologies for the longevity of the question, I just seem to get carried away over-explaining things
Thank you for reading it