Antec MX-1 Enclosure - Fan Loud??

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchiles, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. mchiles

    mchiles Member

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    I picked up a Antec MX-1 USB/eSATA enclosure to use for my external drive on an S3.

    Boy, does the MX-1 have a noisy fan... At least mine seems to be.

    It is not very quiet when it is running.

    There is a low "whirling" sound when the fan is running.

    Are all MX-1 fans relatively loud??

    Anyone used an MX-1 with the fan disconnected?? Any hard drive overheating issues?

    Thanks,

    mchiles
     
  2. fritolayguy

    fritolayguy Science, bitches

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    I have the same setup, and I turned the fan off it got so noisy. I have had the fan off for going on two weeks with no issues. The drive seems to be about as hot as it was with the fan off.

    Of course, this is just one person's experience...just my 2c...
     
  3. mchiles

    mchiles Member

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    fritolayguy,

    After you unhooked the MX-1's fan, did you leave the top off the MX-1 to let the drive radiate heat into the air instead of plastic?
     
  4. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    This post should probably go in this thread to get a good response:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=350510

    FWIW our MX-1 fan is very quiet. Sounds as if there's a problem if you can hear it more than a foot away or so (bad bearings?). They have a six year warranty. I'd order a replacement and send the one you have back for credit.

    To preserve your recordings when you replace it you should unplug TiVo, then unplug your eSATA drive. Swap out the HDD, plug it back into TiVo, power it up and then power up TiVo.

    Or if you have the drive placed in a well ventilated area you can probably run it w/o the fan, but that really depends on the HDD. Some (WD in particular) run very hot. Seagate DB35's are probably the coolest.
     
  5. George Cifranci

    George Cifranci TiVo Bolt 500GB - TE4 UI

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    I can't even hear my MX-1's fan.
     
  6. keenanSR

    keenanSR Well-Known Member

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    I can hear mine from about 2' away which means it's a non-issue for me. That's with an Hitachi 1-TB drive in it.
     
  7. mchiles

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    The Hitachi is very quiet. You can't hear it over the MX-1 fan!!!

    Seriously, I must have a bad MX-1 fan, because that is all I hear over everything

    Even the wife complained about it.

    After disconnecting the fan on the MX-1, The Hitachi was so quiet that I had to put my finger on the drive to make sure it was still running. Also, the S3 would have gone nuts if it wasn't running.
     
  8. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Slower...
    I can't tell if I am hearing the MX-1 fan or the 500GB WD drive in it. Both are very quiet, IMO.
     
  9. gargoyle999

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    I hear a lot of clicking from the Segate DB35 drive I have in the MX-1 enclousure. But the MX-1 itself is quiet.
     
  10. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    I have never heard my MX-1 fan, and I'm pretty picky, it's a small living room, with the eSata drive on top of the shelf with the TV, and I sit only 6' away.

    I used to hear the 500GB Maxtor drive a lot until I went and adjusted it's acoustic settings from performance to "church mouse quiet" now I don't hear it either.

    Diane
     
  11. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    My MX-1 fan is very quiet.
     
  12. drew00001

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    I thought the DB35s were supposed to be extremely quiet.
     
  13. WeKnSmith

    WeKnSmith New Member

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    You can't even hear the fan in our MX-1. I'd say it is time to give their support a call.
     
  14. slimm

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    My DB35 and MX-1 are both very quiet.
     
  15. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    Then it's not a DB35 (or you have a bad drive). That sounds like as AS or ES drive, which are "clicky".

    The DB35's are whisper silent.
     
  16. slimm

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    I know for a fact that the AS drive is very "clicky".
     
  17. keenanSR

    keenanSR Well-Known Member

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    I originally had a Seagate 500GB AS in my MX-1 and it sounded like a popcorn machine. It wasn't "loud", but definitely distracting during quiet scenes.
     
  18. moxie1617

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    I'll chime in also. The DB35 should be whisper quiet. You should consider getting it exchanged. I have a DB35 in an MX-1 which I use for the S3 and an ES series in an MX-1 which I use with PC's. The ES exhibits some vibrational noise and faint clicking, but the DB35 is whisper quiet. And no fan noise from either enclosure.
     
  19. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    +1 :up:
     
  20. NOD

    NOD Chim Richalds

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    The MX-1's fan is ridiculously quiet. I have 2 of them w/ Hitachi 1TB drives and can't hear a thing.

    You might wanna call Antec.
     

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