Samsung launches new quiet hard drives

With a maximum capacity of 160gb, I think Samsung's going about this the wrong way. I'm way more excited about larger capacity flash based drives than these traditional types in regards to silence…not only because of noise, but also size of the drive itself.

The Tech Report

The new SpinPoint S166 hard drives are regular desktop models with 3.5" form factors, but they have capacities of only 80GB and 160GB. Samsung claims that the drives generate 24dB of noise in idle mode and 27.5dB while seeking. Those noise levels are significantly lower than those of competing drives, the company adds, because its tests suggest that competing models "generate on average 2.8 bel (1 bel = 10 decibels) in idle mode and 3.2 bel in seek mode."