I'm working towards a new build for my wife (which will be geared towards video editing, Adobe CS5, etc.), and am also considering upgrading the OS hard drive for my computer. At this point I'm just looking for feedback regarding hard drives. I know that SSD's are highly recommended and all, but I'm not interested in them at this point, so the following is just regarding traditional hard drives.
Video Editing Build:
-We'd be doing the P183 case, and possibly even adding in AcoustiPack sound dampening, if necessary. The case would reside on a carpeted floor, next to the user.
-Based on my research the Western Digital WD6000HLHX 600GB VelociRaptor is currently the fastest hard drive (not counting SSD's) on the market. It also seems to get decent reviews regarding quietness. This is what I'm most curious about.
-The Western Digital WD2002FAEX 2TB Caviar Black is another drive I'm considering, which is also supposed to have very good performance (though not as good as the VelociRaptor), and according to some be a little quieter than the VelociRaptor.
With both of these drives I see mixed reviews regarding noise. Some say they're both fairly quiet, and others say that they're the noisiest thing they've ever heard. Part of this is likely due to the subjective nature of noise, plus varying conditions (different computer cases, ambient noise, etc.).
I would love to hear from Puget employees as well as any customers with builds having either of the above hard drives in a P183. I am interested in data for conditions where the computer itself is already quiet (so no loud fans running, drowning out hard drive noise).
When either of these is in a P183, are they audible (from more than 1 foot away) at idle, or under load? Is there much of a difference in noise for either drive if they are in the main compartment of the P183 vs in the lower, PSU, compartment?
How much difference does AcoustiPack make for the quietness of each?
How does each fair if placed in a noise dampening enclosure (I'd like to know this both separate from and in addition to having AcoustiPack installed, if possible), which would put the hard drive closer to the human ear (because it would have to go higher in the case)?
Upgrade OS drive for my computer (a previous Puget build):
-I currently have a WD6401AALS-00J7B1 in a FT02 case, which hasn't been the greatest combination, unfortunately (though I love the case itself).
-Looking into the VelociRaptors for the above future P183 build has gotten me thinking about upgrading my OS drive to a VelociRaptor (or maybe the 2TB drive instead).
I know that Puget doesn't sell that many FT02 builds, so answers to these questions may be harder to come by. As before I would love to hear from Puget employees as well as any customers with builds having either of the above hard drives in a FT02.
When either of these is in a FT02, are they audible (from more than 1 foot away) at idle, or under load?
How quiet is each if placed in a noise dampening enclosure in a FT02?
Many thanks in advance for any information and input anyone offers on the above!