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A guide to a noise free HDD using stuff you can find in every home. With some rubber and little patience you may turn a Raptor into a quiet baby.... :)

Every HDD makes some noise...Fact
But! This noise is in fact amplified as HDD touches the metal case of our PC.
So if between our case and the HDD is something else (see rubber strap from a tire inner tube) then the noise is deduced significantly!
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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The materials you need are:

Cross cuts from a tire's inner tube (or anything like a rubber strap)
and some screws.

Step 2: Getting the HDD out and making some space

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First thing you need to do is ground yourself and remember to handle carefully all the electronic equipment.
Now open the PC case carefully and take the HDD out by unscrewing and unplugging.

We need to use 2 5,25 slots (the big ones) so make some space for this.

Step 3: Screwing the rubbers

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Screw the rubber straps on the HDD and then while holding in air the HDD on the case...
If you cant screw them on th Pc case (possible) then thing about securing them with plastic straps (like i did)

Step 4: Final Thoughts

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The mod is almost ready!
Dont forget to ground the HDD via a conductive cable leading to the case...

And dont shake your PC around UNLESS you secure the HDD or remove it from this fragile position.
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rendermatt4 years ago
If i did this I would pull the bands tight so it holds the HD tight and secure and you can still move the case
xtank57 years ago
Wouldn't putting rubber on both sides of the computer case on the screw that mounts the HDD negate the vibrations traveling through the screw as long as its in tight but not too tight? Refer to picture.
zack247 xtank54 years ago
i have a couple antec cases that havw rubbers in them for the hdd's, you have to use the special screws that came with the case though, they are of a different shape than normal screws
its a good idea but i think the rubber washer will be too dense to absorb some of the vibration. i did something similar to this but used surgical tubing and i strung it across and set the HD on top of it. i don't move my case when it is running and it is in a place that does not get kicked or bumped but to ensure the HD would stay put, i used some thin plastic ties and ran it in the screw hole of the drive and around the surgical tubing... it does not move at all, looks neat, does not sag much at all so you can stack the drives fairly closely together in the case, is cheap, and it very very quiet... it is very nice. liknus, Thanks for putting this up :-) WL
I forgot to mention the rubber was from an inner tube. Maybe then it will be less dense and absorb the vibrations better. And the rubber does not go through the holes. Thats why it has to be sorta tight to keep the screw from touching the metal of the case and transferring any vibrations. And friction holds the screw away from the metal.
well... they are ok but will not give the isolation hanging gives. actually i have a design for a mount not unlike engine mounts for the hard drive if only i could build rubber things! i can build just about anything with metal, wood, fiberglass, and electronics but i don't know about rubber or the like. i know it is possible because after all they are made out there. i just wish there was an easy way to cast rubber. maybe i will look it up sometime :-) cheers, WL
I used the replacement elastic you can buy to sow in your clothes, saw it by chance in a black version while shopping, it uses a compound they call 'elastodiene' defined as: A manufactured fibre composed of natural or synthetic polyisoprene, or composed of one or more dienes polymerised with or without one or more vinyl monomers, and which, when stretched to three times its original length and released, recovers rapidly and substantially to its initial length. And polysoprene is: The purified form of natural rubber is the chemical polyisoprene
You can readily buy silicon, usually used for mould making from companies like (An Australian company, but there are plenty more in the States). Can make darn near anything out of it.
Whatnot xtank56 years ago
Yes but since that's only a milimeter of rubber it only helps marginally, the longer rubber works so much better, the system you describe makes you go "I think it's a bit less now maybe" whereas hanging it from rubber makes you say "is it even on?" :)
static xtank57 years ago
There was a time HDs did employ that method in a fashion. I'm look at an older one. The "carrier" that combines the the disk portion with the PC board does mount rigidly to the case, but the disk portion mounts to the carrier as illustrated.
indulis xtank57 years ago
You can buy exactly this type of isolating mount but in silicon rubber, my Vantec P180 case at home comes with them, and the result is almost no disk noise. Having big fans running at slow revs also helps!
SmAsH!5 years ago
You do realize the majority of pc noise is from fans right?
The HDD makes up a small amount of noise so this isn't really effective unless your pc has no fans because its low power or your pc is water cooled.
liknus (author)  SmAsH!4 years ago
If it is RaptorX at 10000 rpm then much of the noise comes from the hdd :) Believe me :P
KayDat5 years ago
Shouldn't the HDD be grounded simply by connecting power already? The molex connector has 5V, 12V and two ground connections.
SmAsH! KayDat5 years ago
Indeed it is.
I came across this and was just wondering: What model of computer case is this? It looks similar to two of my computer cases, but it isn't identical to either... and not knowing is driving me nuts!
what if your case doesn't store the HD like that?
ReCreate5 years ago
The ground is not required, It is already included in the 4 pin molex connector connected to the HDD, in fact, there are 2 ground cables in it.
This is like what they had on lifehacker but cheaper.
dchall87 years ago
I hate it when I'm not hep to your jive, but HDD stands for hhhard...drrrrivvve ...d...d...d...something??? Anyone? A little help, please. When I come to power, all acronyms will have to be spelled out at least once.
HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive
Ohhhhhh, thanks. I guess the classic term, "hard drive," in use for decades, was confusing.
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SEE! Even the guy with nothing more constructive to do than call people names calls it a "hard drive." The first public clue that I thought it might be a hard drive was when I called it a hard drive in my original question. It was just the three-letter-acronym that was not familiar to me. I thought there might be more information in the unknown D in the three letters, but I guess not. Not trolling. Unlike you who seem to be discouraging people from asking honest questions, I was just trying to improve the quality of Instructables. I used to have people working for me who wrote instruction manuals for medical research equipment and test facilities. Granted, this Instructable does not require the same high standard of writing as life-or-death equipment does, but IPDKWYTA (if people don't know what you're talking about), they can't know if they're interested in the benefit of your knowledge.
Let's lay off the trolling comments fellas. We use Hard Disk Drive over HD nowadays, because now we live in the High Definition era, and asking i.e. if your Dreamcast supports H(ard) D(isks) can be confusing if you don't specify that you're not asking about High Definition. And no, Dreamcasts cannot use HDDs or output HD signals.
HDD has been in usage longer than HD for Hard Disk Drive; in fact, its been the official term for as long as I can remember (and my retro-tech knowledge extends my memory to significantly before the date of my birth) ... look in the BIOS of any old computer, under boot order. you'll normally see HDD (hard disk drive), FDD(floppy disk drive), FDD HD (floppy disk drive high density, the common 1.44mb variety), and others. According to Wikipedia CDD is Compact Disk Drive, and if I remember correctly, LDD is Laser Disk Drive... I dont think DVDs ever got cool enough for a 3 letter drive acronym, but CDD or alternatively "optical disk drive" is the normal way to refer to them, as well as CD drives. the author wasn't being archaic, he was being precise in his usage of the terminology. Trying to chastise him for this is like California Supreme Court Ruling that the terminology "Master" and "Slave", when referring to IDE positions was racially insensitive... Utterly ridiculous. anywho, there's my 2 cents (or pence for the Brits out there)
DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disk.
CCD stands for Charge Coupled Device (used in digital cameras).
HD stands for High Definition.

I just added this to clear up what all the abbreviations stand for.
just to be a bit of a nerd, and have some fun with obscure retro knowledge (please don't take offence):

DVD was meant to mean Digital Video Disk, but Versatile replaced the original meaning for marketing reasons, once dvd drives appeared for the computer... however, DVD only refers to the media, not the drive... the drive had no snazzy TLA (three letter acronym) of its own.

CCDs appear in almost all older digital cameras, and in many newer ones, but are being replaced increasingly commonly by CMOS APS (Complimentary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Active Pixel Sensor) in such placed as webcams, cellphone cameras and even in some DSLRs... soon, the common meaning of CCD may revert to the traditional Colony Collapse Disorder (bee hive issue).

HD, as an acronym for high definition, apparently has no required resolution to define it... I've run across many 'portable' HD TV's that are 320x240 with an hd tuner... apparently, the term is not well defined for marketing purposes.
HD stands for quite a large number of things as you see

Incidentally on computercases, even the very old ones, the drive light also often says/said HDD, but when the context is clear I just use HD.

mrgy05 gschoppe7 years ago
Hah, I enjoyed that rant! And nice Instructable, but isn't it a bit dangerous to have your HD (that's right, I said Hard Drive) suspended in air? If your tower achieves any physical damage the HD doesn't have the rest of the Towers structure to rely on cushioning the drama, instead it will bang up against the walls and occur some potential major damage.
What I would do to avoid too much movement of the HDD when moving your case etc. I would somehow screw an additional 4 inner tubes to the 4 mounting holes on top of the drive (or just glue them on) in the same postion as the other inner tubes then I would attach them to the opposite side of the of the case. In fact just look at the diagram an you'll probably get what I mean!
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liknus (author)  jinventive7 years ago
any additional tension (pointing "down") i think that would help gravity to stretch it a lot (the pointing "up" straps)...maybe to much for an inner tube...i ll give it a shot nevertheless...
I haven't tried this so I'm not too sure wether it would work or not. It's best to give it a go though so that it might help others. :) It should work if I'm correct though. :/
How about if you used two tubes like this? Clamp them together on one side, give them a full twist on one side of the hard drive, position the hard drive between the loose ends of the tubes, and then give the tubes another full twist on the other side of the hard drive. The hard drive would then be sandwiched between the two tubes with a twist on each side of it to keep it from sliding to either side.
Yes, I suppose that would work even better than my idea.
liknus (author)  gschoppe7 years ago
thanks for the knowledge-based support ;)
Actually the dreamcast can support HD signals. You just need a VGA converter box, and the game has to be programmed for it. But I digress. My point was that he was being a snot when he came to asking a question that he already knew the answer to. His post should have been, "The term that is used most often today is HD, and not HDD." and not the ssssstuttering he did. That is just rude. Either ask your question, or submit your correction. Peroid. No reason to get on your high horse about a acronym.
Yeah, if you consider 640x480 "high def", then the Dreamcast does support it with a VGA cable or component. But I don't call something high def unless it's at least XXXX by 720. He didn't really get on a high horse before you called him a troll, he just said that it seemed the term Hard Disk (HD), which had been in use for decades, would be confusing. Let's allow this dispute to end right here. Oh yeah, I guess I'll comment on the instructable now. Awesome idea, I should do that for like, every PC I own. lol
Yes. HD : High Def :: HDD : Hard Disk Drive
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