One of my discs is a Quantum Bigfoot (1998 vintage) and is a 5 inch variety. It is very noisy in accessing but this is quite normal for this model.
Did you buy this drive nine months ago or is it older than this?
I would say there is nothing wrong with it especially as you say it works OK otherwise.
I have a Quantum LM 20GB 7200 drive and it is very noisy, but this is normal for LM series. At least you know when it is working.
Thanks guys for your comments. This is probably the way of Quantum's quality and reputation. I don't know why so many reviews said good about this drive. Maybe the blame should be why I moved to a quiter place then the noise is so much noticeable. I'll definitely go with IBM for my next HD.
Quantum drives are the noisiest I know. I have 2 Fireball KA drives in my system. You can't possibly sleep while they defrag.
Noisy Quantum HD
I've been using Quantum LM 15G 7200 rpm for over 9 months. The drive works OK except for it's loud noise in spining and seeking track. Sometimes in a quite room, the noise is barely tolerable. Is this normal or the drive has defect?
Well, my other drive is a Quantum Fireball lct26 and it is much much quieter than the Bigfoot. When the Bigfoot is defragging for instance I can hear it downstairs, but at least I know it's working!
I'd rather have a noisy, reliable drive than a quiet unreliable one!
I have the quantum fireball as drive , can not even hear it most of the time-newest one out
My quantum fireball 40GB runs quite noisy, especially when you remove PC case cover. For this reason, I won't buy this brand any more for my PCs. Personaly, I feel Maxtor better.
I have a fireball 1.2gb that you can hear from almost 30' away while working and 20' away while spinning, and a bigfoot 4gb that is almost as loud.
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I have a Quantum 20 Gb. & I can barely hear it...sometimes I have to look at the case led to be sure it's working...
I would be concerned if it did so much noise as to be annoying...there's a limit to what a noisy hard drive is...I'd say beyond that there could be something wrong with it.
Talking about comparing apples with pears!!!!
What do an LM+ and a bigfoot have in common?
The name quantum.
What do a FB 1.6GB drive (IO presume ST) and an LM+ have in common?
As much as the bigfoot and the LM+!
What do any other Quantum drive and the LM+ have in common?
JUST THE NAME!
Not all Quantums are same, not even all Fireballs are same!
The lowest priced quantums (lct models) are spinning at 4800rpm!!! can you compare this to the LM+?
Drives used to be loud a couple of years ago, but this has changed recently.
The LM+ is the fastest drive built under the name Quantum (before it was sold to Maxtor). Even the later AS+ is no much but is much quiter!
The LM+ has a distinctive (low freq) noise when it seeks. It's noisier than other contemporary drives (Maxtor DM40+ and IBM 75GXP), but it's by no means unbearable. Indeed the 1.6FB ST that someone mentions was noisy (I still use one) but LM+ is nowhere near it.
You might want to check if you drive is causing the case to amplify the noise. Check the mounting, and if you still believe it's too noisy, move the drive to the back of the case (if possible) or buy some rubber mounts.
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