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[NZXT Phantom 820] Hard disk resonance and cracking sounds

post #1 of 4
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Hi,
After spending a few hours transferring my gear from a HAF 932 to the NZXT Phantom 820 I'm finding myself with a particular dilemma.

The whole front panel resonates, i.e. hums quietly. If I press lightly on the front I can feel the vibration, and its more significant on the door. If I press harder, all is quiet. Occasionally the door itself emits a horrible hum, until I open and close it.

A few hours ago I tightened all the screws in the door, hopefully that will fix that side of things. I've tried the 2X 3TB Barracudas in the top, bottom and separated between the cages.

Right now I'm going on the assumption that it is the HDDs, its in the middle of a backup that's been going for a while, so I cant test that theory this instant.

Assuming it is the HDDs, what can I do? Are there 5 1/4 inch bay adapters that basically suspend the drives to totally or sonically isolate it from the chassis? Or do I let them sit on bubble wrap or something...

I use this thing for content creation, with lots of media locally, hence I need the speed and capacity that a RAID0 array will give me. If I could ditch the HDDs trust me I would.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!
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post #2 of 4
Yeah, I just bought the same case and I have the same problem, but in the reviews is wrote down, the problem it's because the "screws" or the pins that holds the HDD are in contact with the case itself, so all the vibration goes to the case and makes that humming. What I did ( not so pro ) is to lay the hdd in some pieces of foam, so any of the vibration goes to the case and the humming stopped. I didn't tried to make a mod to fix this, but the hdd is loose inside the case resting in some foam, I'll need to fix that when I have some time, but yes, the humming it's because of the hdd vibration going through the case. Excellent case, but have that problem.
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input, after reading your post I decided it might be a flaw with the design, not just my particular copy.

I think I got it sorted. The drives are now hanging via elastic suspension.


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post #4 of 4
Yeah, its a flaw in the design... I did something like you and the humming stopped so, good luck with that...
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