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Given that Apple doesn't produce MacPros with internal expandable HDDs anymore, I am searching for external RAID5 capable HDD enclosures that are as quiet as possible. I have occasionally experience with DROBO 2 and Firmtek's eSATA 4-bay enclosure, that are both far from quiet. These wouldn't be an option for my needs. Does anybody know of 4, 5 or 6 bay enclosures (RAID5) that are really quiet?

 

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Why not use a NAS which you can locate in a separate room?

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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Why not use a NAS which you can locate in a separate room?

 

Yes, an NAS would be an option if I used it only as a media repository. My external HDD enclosure should, however, also serve as the principal user volume.

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Why not get the best of the best?

 

- Large Thunderbolt drive like Promise Pegasus R6

- 10m (33') cable so you can put it in the next room.

 

Available up to 30m (100')

Promise Pegasus2 R6 12TB -> Thunderbolt2 ->
MacBook Pro M1 Pro -> Motu 8D -> AES/EBU ->
Genelec 5 x 8260A + 7271A sub
Genelec 8010 + 5040 sub

iPhone SE 2 ->  Sennheiser PXC 550 II
Blog: “Confessions of a DigiPhile” at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/blogs/digipete

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Why not get the best of the best?

 

- Large Thunderbolt drive like Promise Pegasus R6

- 10m (33') cable so you can put it in the next room.

 

Available up to 30m (100')

 

Yea, the R6 is on my list. Do you or anybody else know about its noise when active, not in standby?

 

Another room would be a bit difficult in my appartment.

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Yea, the R6 is on my list.

Do you or anybody else know about its noise when active, not in standby?

 

Another room would be a bit difficult in my appartment.

 

Yes, I am running a 6TB Promise Pegasus R6

I have my music - stereo and surround on it.

 

It is rather quiet, but i keep planning to move it to the next room.

Oh, and it does not do standby.

Disks are always spinning when it is on.

Promise Pegasus2 R6 12TB -> Thunderbolt2 ->
MacBook Pro M1 Pro -> Motu 8D -> AES/EBU ->
Genelec 5 x 8260A + 7271A sub
Genelec 8010 + 5040 sub

iPhone SE 2 ->  Sennheiser PXC 550 II
Blog: “Confessions of a DigiPhile” at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/blogs/digipete

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Yes, I am running a 6TB Promise Pegasus R6

I have my music - stereo and surround on it.

 

It is rather quiet, but i keep planning to move it to the next room.

Oh, and it does not do standby.

Disks are always spinning when it is on.

 

Good to know, thanks.

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Synology drives have two fans that run at a slow speed. I'd say they're pretty quiet; I have ours about 5 feet from where I sit in my upstairs office, and it's not too noticeable. If budget and capacity allow, you could go all SS drives, and go fan less. I would imagine that the control circuit in a Raid doesn't need cooling if the drives aren't contributing to the heat. If you're using a pro, I assume you care about throughput, so thunderbolt really would be the optimum interface on a Mac.

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