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So basicly I connected 2 HDD's (WD Greens) to my system and since then, my case makes vibrations that drives me absolutely nuts! My case is on the floor and i can feel the vibration when i am standing even in middle of my room. When i am sitting at my desk (next to my case), i can feel vibrations on my hands (when i lay them on mouse & keyboard) and feet as well. This is not only when i run some game... its constant, even when the system is idling. It distracts me from everything i do at PC. I have tried different positioning, playing with side panels, fans, inspecting my components while the system runs and checking what may couse the problem (It doesnt appear to be couse by the new HDD's, they hardly make any vibration at all). I still have no idea This thread is basicly me being totally iritated and clueless about how to fix this annoying issue.

If you have any ideas or suggestion.. anything, please shoot.
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post #2 of 18
If it's on the floor, it may be the floor itself. If you have laminate or thin parquet it MAY be the cause.
Are those your two only drives in the case? As far as I know (I have one), greens are very silent and don't vibrate much. The only way I could feel the HDDs vibrating was when I had a WD green and a WD black on my glass desk, and during gaming.
If you're desperate, try taking EVERYTHING apart and putting it back again. Could be something not perfectly mounted.
     
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post #3 of 18
I doubt your hard drives are doing that. unless you have them sitting on some weird angle. But check everything is mounted on right and securely. Check your fans. if you suspect that's your culprit you can buy some rubber screws to reduce any possible vibrations (although they're for damping noise).

So i second that of everything Shisno said
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post #4 of 18
Are your HDDs screwed in from both sides of the case? If so are they the right kind of screws?

You could try a few rubber bands around the drives to dampen the vibrations from the HDD to your case. Using screws with rubber washers can help too.
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It is hard to notice HDD vibrations by just touching one or looking for it. It is the case that really amplifies the problem. For example, in a thin flimsy case like a CM Elite 341, even the most sturdy drive causes the thing to buzz like a bees nest. Really any case that has one of the thinner "cages" for the HDDs, even with sliding rubber or plastic mounts, can be the source of tons of vibrations.

Out of all the dampening systems, a suspension one is by far the best way to kill off vibrations. For cases that don't have an amazing mounting system, have free 5.25 bays, and/or don't have the most solid build quality, I am a firm believer in the Noisemagic Novibes.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/78...tl=c28s209b104
I've used them in some paper-thin cases like the one mentioned above, some Thermaltake cheapos, etc. Or you can go the DIY route and use hairbands to hang them.

Another reason your floor might be vibrating is the case feet. How are they on the ATCS? Perhaps add some rubber stickies (avail at places like radioshack) to the bottom them after making sure they are even and level. Or just removing them and putting some really big rubber feet. Similar to this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g33/...eet-Page1.html

Finally, do you have a DVD drive with something always in it? Those can vibrate if you have a disc just sitting in it.
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I'd make sure that you have them secured in correctly and if that doesn't do much, i would put the case on rubber stands.
    
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Thanks for replies guys.

Here is a list of things i have already tried:

- try to run my system without all but cpu fans
- try to unplug the new 2 hdds
- checked if the hdds are properly secured

I am running with 6 HDD's total now. 4 for storage and 2 for RAID 0 (system drive). Just by touching stuff and trying to locate the source of vibrations, i'v concluded that its either the RAID 0 setup (those are my 2 oldest drives) or CPU heatsink. Also, i noticed that the vibration is less noticeable when the side panels are off.

I am not sure what material is used for ATCS feet.
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You need to find out EXACTLY what is causing the most vibrations, because everyone can suggest things until the keys fall off our keyboards but unless one of those suggestions gets lucky and targets the cause, you will be wasting time.

Start by unplugging power to ALL of your hard drives including boot drives, and ALL of your fans including CPU fan. Oh yeah, leave the optical drives unplugged too (BTW is there a disc in there?). Don't worry, the CPU shouldn't be harmed by idling for a minute doing nothing. The only moving parts at this time would be the PSU fan and graphics card fan.

Does it make the vibrations?

Then, shut off the system and plug in the CPU fan. Turn it back on and check for vibrations. Next would be to plug in all the case fans (maybe one at a time) to check them the same way.

Then, one HDD at a time. Just enter BIOS so the system doesn't try to boot up from a RAID array missing a drive - shouldn't hurt anything.

Somewhere along the line you should be able to discover the culprit. Let us know what that is, and we can make better suggestions.
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what are your cpu temps? use coretemp to find out. if they are high then your cpu fan is probably spinning really fast causing vibration.
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You need to find out EXACTLY what is causing the most vibrations, because everyone can suggest things until the keys fall off our keyboards but unless one of those suggestions gets lucky and targets the cause, you will be wasting time.

Start by unplugging power to ALL of your hard drives including boot drives, and ALL of your fans including CPU fan. Oh yeah, leave the optical drives unplugged too (BTW is there a disc in there?). Don't worry, the CPU shouldn't be harmed by idling for a minute doing nothing. The only moving parts at this time would be the PSU fan and graphics card fan.

Does it make the vibrations?

Then, shut off the system and plug in the CPU fan. Turn it back on and check for vibrations. Next would be to plug in all the case fans (maybe one at a time) to check them the same way.

Then, one HDD at a time. Just enter BIOS so the system doesn't try to boot up from a RAID array missing a drive - shouldn't hurt anything.

Somewhere along the line you should be able to discover the culprit. Let us know what that is, and we can make better suggestions.

You are right. It is quite time consuming though, so it will have to wait.
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