Noise level comparisons of 14 and 16TB drives

Quiet high capacity HDD

I am currently looking to expand caoacity on my trusted QNAP TS-869 Pro as my SG Enterprise Capacity 3 TB drives started to fail one by one and their load noise was driving me mad. Partly because the NAS sits under my telly in the living room and is well within hearing distance. The flat is rather small, so another location isn’t possible. I changed to first two HDD failures to WD Red 10 TB and am actually quite happy with those. Being a data hoarder I want to go for top capacity and wanted to ask of you have already made noise level comparisons of 14 and 16TB drives. I am looking for the quietest drive. Should they be considerably louder, I would keep on changing failing drives to the WD Red 10 TB HDDs.

I know there have been no new noise comparisons and tests for the drives. Mainly because it seems like manufactures are quite honest about their drive noise levels in their spec sheets. I have list all available 14 and 16TB drives and compare their spec bellow.
But it looks like WD is still making their drive quieter then other brand. WD140EFFX and Purple series seem to be the least quite. In a 16TB range, WD still have not made their drives available. But maybe in near future.

I hope this helps.

 

14TB

 

Price/TB Price Capacity inch MTBF RPM read/write IOPS Bells(idle/seek) Watt a.t. cache W Endurance url
£21.64 £303 14TB 3.5 1m hours MTTF 7200 260/ 2.0/? 6.77 256 3yr
Toshiba N300 (NAS Reliability) Bare HDWG21EUZSVA 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£22.86 £320 14TB 3.5 2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ 1.8-2.0/2.6-2.8 6.9 256 5yr
Seagate SkyHawk AI (Surveillance) ST14000VE0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£24.21 £339 14TB 3.5 1M hours MTBF 7200 220/ / 6.9 256 3yr
Seagate SkyHawk (Surveillance) ST14000VX0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£24.29 £340 14TB 3.5 2.5 million hours MTBF 7200 267/ 2.0/3.6 7.6 7.5 512 5yr
Western Digital WD HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 (4Kn) SE WUH721414ALN6L4 0F31278 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£26.21 £367 14TB 3.5 2.5M Hrs MTTF 7200 248/ / 256 5yr
Toshiba Enterprise (512e) MG07ACA14TE 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£27.07 £379 14TB 3.5 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.9 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST14000VN0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£27.29 £382 14TB 3.5 7200 / 2.0/? 6.77 256 2yr
Toshiba X300 (Performance) Bare HDWR21EUZSVA 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£27.36 £383 14TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 6-10 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X14 ST14000NM0018 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£27.57 £386 14TB 3.5 1.5m hrs MTBF 7200 255/ 2.0/3.6 6 512 3yr
Western Digital WD Purple WD140PURZ 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£27.71 £388 14TB 3.5 1M hours MTBF 5400 210/ 2.0/2.9 6.5 512 3yr
Western Digital WD Red WD140EFFX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 5400rpm
£28.14 £394 14TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 ST14000NM001G 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£28.21 £395 14TB 3.5 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.6 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST14000NE0008 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£29.43 £412 14TB 3.5 2.5 million hours MTBF 7200 267/ 2.0/3.6 6 256 5yr
Western Digital WD Gold WD141KRYZ 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£29.5 £413 14TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 SED ST14000NM003G 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£29.64 £415 14TB 3.5 2.5 million hours MTBF 7200 267/ 2.0/3.6 7.6 7.5 512 5yr
Western Digital WD HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 (512e) SE WUH721414ALE6L4 0F31284 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£30.5 £427 14TB 3.5 2.5 million hours MTBF 7200 267/ 2.0/3.6 7.6 7.5 512 5yr
Western Digital WD HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 (512e) TCG WUH721414ALE6L1 0F31283 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£32.21 £451 14TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10.2 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 ST14000NM002G 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£32.5 £455 14TB 3.5 1M hours MTBF 7200 255/ 2.0/3.6 6.2 512 5yr
Western Digital WD Red Pro WD141KFGX 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£32.71 £458 14TB 3.5 2.5M Hrs MTTF 7200 248/ 2.0/ 8.28 256 5yr
Toshiba Enterprise (512e) MG07SCA14TE 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£33.57 £470 14TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10.2 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 SED ST14000NM004G 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£36.57 £512 14TB 3.5 7200 / / 3yr
Infortrend Hard Drive HELT72A3T14-0030G 3.5″ SATA-6GB 7.2K Enterprise, Toshiba 14TB 7200rpm
£36.64 £513 14TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ ?/? 6-10 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X14 ST14000NM0048 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£37.86 £530 14TB 3.5 7200 / / 3yr
Infortrend Hard Drive HELT72S3T14-0030U 3.5″ SAS-12GB 7.2K Enterprise, Toshiba 14TB 7200rpm
£40 £560 14TB 3.5 7200 / / 3yr
Infortrend Hard Drive HELW72S3T14-0030U 3.5″ SAS-12GB 7.2K Enterprise, WD 14TB 7200rpm
£41.57 £582 14TB 3.5 2.5 million hours MTBF 7200 267/ 2.0/3.6 7.6 7.5 512 5yr
Western Digital WD HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 (512e) TCG WUH721414AL5201 0F31051 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£47.64 £667 14TB 3.5 2.5 million hours MTBF 7200 267/ 2.0/3.6 10.2 7.5 512 5yr
Western Digital WD HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 (512e) ISE WUH721414AL5200 0F31050 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm
£48.93 £685 14TB 3.5 2.5 million hours MTBF 7200 267/ 2.0/3.6 7.6 7.5 512 5yr
Western Digital WD HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 (512e) SE WUH721414AL5204 0F31052 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 14TB 7200rpm

 

16TB

 

Price/TB Price Capacity inch MTBF RPM read/write IOPS Bells(idle/seek) Watt a.t. cache W Endurance url
£22.5 £360 16TB 3.5 2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ ?/? 6.71 256 3yr
Seagate SkyHawk AI (Surveillance) ST16000VE000 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£25.44 £407 16TB 3.5 1M hours MTBF 7200 210/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.9 256 3yr
Seagate IronWolf (NAS) ST16000VN001 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£27 £432 16TB 3.5 1.2M hours MTBF 7200 250/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 7.6 256 5yr
Seagate IronWolf Pro (NAS) ST16000NE000 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£27.19 £435 16TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 SED ST16000NM003G 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£27.31 £437 16TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 ST16000NM001G 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£28.94 £463 16TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10.2 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 ST16000NM002G 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£28.94 £463 16TB 3.5 2.5M hrs MTBF 7200 261/ 2.8-3.0/3.2-3.4 10.2 256 5yr
Seagate Exos X16 SED ST16000NM004G 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£33.19 £531 16TB 3.5 2.5M Hrs MTTF 7200 ?/ 2.0/ 512 5yr
Toshiba Enterprise (4Kn) MG08SCA16TA 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£33.19 £531 16TB 3.5 2.5M Hrs MTTF 7200 ?/ 2.0/ 512 5yr
Toshiba Enterprise (512n) MG08SCA16TE 3.5″ SAS 12Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
£35 £560 16TB 3.5 2.5M Hrs MTTF 7200 ?/ 2.0/ 512 5yr
Toshiba Enterprise (512n) MG08ACA16TE 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s 16TB 7200rpm
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