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Hey guys,

I recently (last week) bought a new Seagate 7200.14 1TB drive (ST1000DM003), and I find it's vibrating noticeably more than my previous HDD (which is still working btw), a Seagate 7200.12 500GB (ST3500418AS).
I can feel the vibration on the front panel of the case, whereas I could barely feel any vibration at all with the previous drive. It feels kinda like.... a cat's purr or something (without the hum). tongue.gif

No signs of problems though, and the drive is very silent (it's actually more silent than the previous one). It's also running cool (30ºC at 25º Ambient).

So I'm wondering if it's normal for such similar drives to have such different vibration performances... Should I worry?
It's such a pain having to go through RMA and then maybe receive another one just like this (or maybe worse)...

Thanks. smile.gif
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I'm not sure, but I think the 1TB has 2 platters in it vs. the 1 platter in the 500 GB drive which I think would result in twice the amount of vibration.
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I'm not sure, but I think the 1TB has 2 platters in it vs. the 1 platter in the 500 GB drive which I think would result in twice the amount of vibration.
Both are single platter actually... thinking.gif
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Both are single platter actually... thinking.gif

Then the 1TB's platter is thicker and heavier because it needs to be able to hold all that extra weight. hehe tongue.gif

Yeah, I don't have a clue.
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Then the 1TB's platter is thicker and heavier because it needs to be able to hold all that extra weight. hehe tongue.gif

Yeah, I don't have a clue.
I've been making all kinds of crazy conjectures (including a match of resonating frequencies between the HDD and the case). biggrin.gif
I already wrote like, 600GB on this thing, so I really don't want to RMA it unless I'm pretty sure it's a problem...

I'm 100% positive it is properly fixed, and my case makes near-zero vibrations if I disconnect the HDD.
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Originally Posted by vittau View Post

I've been making all kinds of crazy conjectures (including a match of resonating frequencies between the HDD and the case). biggrin.gif
I already wrote like, 600GB on this thing, so I really don't want to RMA it unless I'm pretty sure it's a problem...

I'm 100% positive it is properly fixed, and my case makes near-zero vibrations if I disconnect the HDD.

Is it a vibration that you can hear? Maybe you can get some sort of anti-vibration things for the hard drive to help absorb the vibrations.
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Is it a vibration that you can hear? Maybe you can get some sort of anti-vibration things for the hard drive to help absorb the vibrations.
No, like I said it's absolutely silent. I can barely hear it even during major read/write ops.

I could do that, but I think it's sort of sweeping the problem under the rug. It might stop the vibrations on the front panel, but the drive itself will keep vibrating.
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