Hi everyone, I have a WD Gold 8TB (non-helium) and when I bought it it was a significant step up “noisewise” but over time I got used to it (I have a noise dampened Fractal Design case). Now I need to buy one 16/18TB drive. Reliability is no1 for me but based on my research both considered reliable (and fast). I am sitting 16-20hours/per day in front of my computer and would like to know how these 2 drives compare in terms of **noise**. Based on specs the Exos in idle should be louder (2.8 bels vs 20dbA) but based on internet search the personal experiences are mixed (but honestly not many people have both to compare…). In my country the 18TB Exos would be ~200USD cheaper however if it is significantly louder, then I need to chose the Gold.
Anyone any recommendation?