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Hi! For the fast 6 months, my hard drive has been fairly noisy - I can hear it everytime it's doing something. Initially I suspected it was dying, however, I have run every diagnostic test under the sun and it appears to be just fine. I think it's the actual hard drive vibrating against the case - does anyone have any tips for trying to silence a hard drive? For the record, this is my hard drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

And this is my case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182

It's in the lower drive cage.

Thanks!

EDIT: For the record, it kind of sounds like a grinding noise.
Edited by BobTheChainsaw - 5/10/13 at 10:49am
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They make little rubber 'grommets' that you can install between the drive / case / screw.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5472153&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE

But any sort of cushion-y spacer would work.
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Originally Posted by BinaryDemon View Post

They make little rubber 'grommets' that you can install between the drive / case / screw.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5472153&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE

But any sort of cushion-y spacer would work.

The special screws included with those grommets are necessary because regular screws can't be tightened against the disk drive and will gradually vibrate loose. They're known as shoulder screws and have shafts that are much thicker than the threaded part at the tip. Real hardware stores carry them, and 6-32 size is what hard disks use:

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I'll probably pick those up, thanks. I just tightened the screws on my hard drive and just seemed to make it louder! tongue.gif
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I put a really noisy hard drive on top of some foam padding. The only problem with that is how the hard drive is not securely attached to the case, so you cannot really move your case around if you do this. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Riou View Post

I put a really noisy hard drive on top of some foam padding. The only problem with that is how the hard drive is not securely attached to the case, so you cannot really move your case around if you do this. tongue.gif
I'd be really reluctant to use foam.

1. It's such a good thermal insulator that it can easily overheat the hard drive enough to make it unreliable or even damage it, and it's not just the mechanical parts that can be damaged but also the high-power chip that moves the motor and heads (often labeled "SMOOTH").

2. Ordinary foam generates lots of static electricity that can damage chips. So at the very least keep it away from the circuit board and the rear connectors. Anti-static foam is available, but one type (black) conducts electricity too well and can short out signals. The polyethylene foam wrap found under brand new motherboards is safe, as is the pink urethane sponge that feels soapy.
post #7 of 13
Noise while it is working? What kind of noise? Pitchy? Buzzing? Mecanic?

A) It's the classic noise that HDD's do while they are working.
B) Remove the HDD and install it, maybe there are some vibrations that make the noise.. Maybe put it in other hdd cage.
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That's why I returned my Samsung drives a long time ago. Drove me crazy.
My WD RE4's are silent as a mouse.
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I just got a case, and no way am I leaving the HDD mounted as is, its too loud for me, for now I put some bubble wrap under it and have it sitting on the bottom of the case, latter I'll do something more permanent , I also have a 90mm fan sitting on it hooked up to 7V cause it gets hot in a case
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post #10 of 13
DANGER

Vibrating hard drives due to age or overuse are very bad. The one in my sister's computer was very old and the bearing started to go out. It had always been noisy, but then it began to get hot. So hot that it burned my fingers. It actually pulled so many amps that her PSU started to fail. I repeat: the hard drive was pushing a 550w PSU over its limit. We replaced the drive and now everything is fine.

I would just be careful.
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