My 2nd v6 box is noisier, alot noiser, i can hear it across the room - conclusion - all v6 boxes are not the same. I should have stuck with the 1st one, ha ha. It seems to me that the noise is a fan - it doesn't sound like a HD at all, it is always on at the same level, no write/reading sounds at all, just a whirling sound, yes it is a fan no doubt. If I cover the top the noise levels drop significantly therefore, I suggest, that if you have something resting on the v6 box then it should be pretty much silent - of course you sohuld never block the vent holes or else it may over heat.
With owned equipment you pop the lid & see where the noise is coming from.
With rented it is trickier
Staff should be able to confirm whether some / all V6 have a fan.
A fan with less than perfect bearings can be annoying, or if it’s catching on anything or if it is running fast because a vent is blocked...
The best thing to lay on top, if there ae no vents is a piece of those anti- vibration mats sold to put under washing machines. Draper do one on amazon for about £12, its heavy rubber compound with enough mass to make a difference
One mat would make a double layer for under a tivo/V6 and a double layer for on top of.
Like Tivo and Sky plus, its the drive causing the noise , its annoyed me for years usually late at night when elsewhere is quiet ,small fans are not capable of making this degree of noise . Iv got four soft rubber pads under tivo and it doesn't make a b loody difference , desktop pcs are very noisy too same thing the hardrive.All pvrs make a noise ,only solution ,box in cupboard and long hdmi leads .My opinions result from years of experience.
I just plugged in my v6 and blimey it is loud. Really not happy at all. The whirring of the disk is just stupid as I could hardly hear the older tivo box, on pads I must admit... am I unlucky or is this it?