The Hard Disk(s)
There are a lot of choices for SATA hard drives, so I wanted to choose one that was best suited for duties in a PVR. Silent PC Review
is the authoritative source for methodical scientific review of quite components. Their best recommendation
for a 3.5" SATA drive are the Samsung SP series drives. Although they only tested the 160GB model
, Samsung now includes a 250GB model
in their Spin Point series of high performance drives. Silent PC Review recommends additional sound dampening for any 3.5" drive, but I will await installation and noise testing before I invest in extra precautions. Because the drive writing and reading recorded content will undergo a lot of use, more that most workstations, I want this drive to be separate from the one containing the Operating System. This will allow an early failure to only wipe-out video data and not the carefully crafted and configured OS. For a second drive, I've selected the smallest Samsung Spin Point drive, the 80GB modelSamsung (Serial ATA) 250GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0 8MB Cache Hard Drive
$115.00 - GoGoCity: Reviews Add to list
SpinPoint P120 Series provides spacious storage capacity of up to 250GB - suitable for the handling of massive multimedia content such as movies and MP3 songs ...
Samsung SpinPoint P Series SP0812C 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 ...
$54.00 - Newegg.com: 4.6 / 5 Add to list
Brand SAMSUNG Series SpinPoint P Series Model SP0812C Capacity 80GB Cache 8MB RPM 7200 RPM Average Seek Time 8.9ms Average Latency 4.17ms Interface Serial ...