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Can anyone recommend a WHS-compatible hardware that will make a silent WHS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I would like to build a silent WHS box that won't add significantly to my power bills.  

    My server usage is light (basically, just add-hoc file storage and printer serving).

    I don't mind using IDE/SATA drives; I just don't want to hear fan noise.

    Can anyone recommend some hardware?

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:47 AM

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  • Hamm0nd:

    The hardware requirements for WHS are fairly modest. I'm using a Shuttle small form-factor PC with an Intel Pentium Mobile processor and a notebook hard disk for the system disk and a 1 TB desktop hard disk for data storage. The hardware is now 7 years old and it works fine as a server. The whole thing consumes less than 30 Watts when the big disk spins down and is almost silent. The Shuttle case has a fan but it rarely spins (thermally controlled) and the main source of noise is the 1 TB disk head-seek noise.

    If you shop for hardware intended for media server applications in living rooms you should be able to find something suitable.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:42 PM