Introduction: Noise Free HDD

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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!

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.


Stacyc26 (author)2016-06-29

Oh, thank you a lot for this information. I had problems with my hard drive. It also had actually bizarre sounds. Your guide is useful for me. I think i'm going to try to do all these steps :))) I also found this resource. Maybe it will be interesting and useful for you, too :))

ScienceDiscoverer (author)2015-11-26

It will not help to get rid of high pitch whining sound...

rendermatt (author)2010-11-13

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

xtank5 (author)2008-01-07

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 (author)xtank52010-11-13

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

WilderLust (author)xtank52008-01-07

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

xtank5 (author)WilderLust2008-01-07

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.

WilderLust (author)MD_Willington2008-01-10

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

Whatnot (author)WilderLust2009-04-02

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

xenor (author)WilderLust2008-09-27

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 (author)xtank52009-04-02

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 (author)xtank52008-01-29

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 (author)xtank52008-01-10

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! (author)2010-01-05

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!2010-07-13

If it is RaptorX at 10000 rpm then much of the noise comes from the hdd :) Believe me :P

KayDat (author)2009-08-01

Shouldn't the HDD be grounded simply by connecting power already? The molex connector has 5V, 12V and two ground connections.

SmAsH! (author)KayDat2010-01-05

Indeed it is.

computer_freak_8 (author)2010-01-03

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!

Yerboogieman (author)2009-08-02

what if your case doesn't store the HD like that?

ReCreate (author)2009-06-15

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.

Yerboogieman (author)2009-04-24

This is like what they had on lifehacker but cheaper.

dchall8 (author)2008-01-10

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.

Jake Turner (author)dchall82008-01-10

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.

gschoppe (author)Jake Turner2008-01-10

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)

jinventive (author)gschoppe2008-01-11

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.

gschoppe (author)jinventive2009-04-02

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.

Whatnot (author)jinventive2009-04-02
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 (author)gschoppe2008-01-11

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.

jinventive (author)mrgy052008-01-11

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!

liknus (author)jinventive2008-01-12

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...

jinventive (author)liknus2008-01-12

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. :/

dchall8 (author)jinventive2008-01-12

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.

jinventive (author)dchall82008-01-13

Yes, I suppose that would work even better than my idea.

liknus (author)gschoppe2008-01-11

thanks for the knowledge-based support ;)

Spokehedz (author)Jake Turner2008-01-11

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.

Jake Turner (author)Spokehedz2008-01-11

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

jamnoopers (author)Jake Turner2008-01-10

Yes. HD : High Def :: HDD : Hard Disk Drive

Spokehedz (author)dchall82008-01-11

Everybody who saw this instructable--except for you--knew and understood everything that was going on here. They either knew that HDD == HD or they saw the pictures and figured it out.

You decided to nitpick ONE thing in the entire article, then make a snarky comment about using the 'classic' term HDD. There was absolutely no reason to be that snarky. None.

dchall8 (author)Spokehedz2008-01-11

I, too, figured out it was a hard drive. I decided to ask one question about what the acronym meant. Most people ask one question without getting jumped on. That's what the "be nice" policy is intended for. What on Earth are you so upset about? If my point has not been lost in your vendetta, it was that if you spell out your terminology, at least once, you may have more readers but you won't get people like me who clicked on it simply to find out what an HDD was. I'm now sorry I was so inquisitive. I wonder if liknus is tearing his/her hair out because you won't let this go? I know I am. I'll tell you what. I'm tire of your tirade. I'm going to flag every one of your reactive posts in these comments. You can go ahead and flag mine. We can let the Instructible Gods sort out who was right, who was wrong, and who was in the gray area. Happy Flagging!

trebuchet03 (author)dchall82008-01-12

No worries - questions are always good.... Sure, everyone got it was a hard drive (I'll bet even you did :p) - and apparently, almost everyone got the point of your question and humor....

I, for one, laughed at the rhetoric and irony of how you got to this post :p

dchall8 (author)trebuchet032008-01-12

Yeah, this certainly did take off in a direction I never anticipated. I was real hesitant to mention it but I didn't know what snarky meant. My spell checker flags it and nobody I know (including my friendly reading teacher), has heard the word. Wikipedia was no help, but Google defined it as a colloquialism meaning short-tempered or snappish. So I'm not sure that applies, but anyway. We've had enough fun defining HDDs. I'm better educated now in many ways - which is why I hang with this website.

baneat (author)dchall82009-03-11

I always thought HDD was the old-skool term for them

livesteamfan (author)2008-06-29

Why ground the HDD? It will work without being grounded. Also, what kind of case is that?

downgrade (author)livesteamfan2008-09-08

Because grounding it prevents it from being shocked by static or when reaching in to move it for upgrades/repairs.

Whatnot (author)downgrade2009-04-02

Obviously a HD is already grounded by the powerplug and the data cable's grounds, so it's a bit superfluous.

cgosh (author)2009-03-20

No hard drives should ever be moved while they're spinning (unless you LIKE head crashes). If you have a laptop, and you carry it around while it's running do yourself a favor; set the Control Panel, Power Options to stop the hard drive whenever you close the lid. Then, when you want to carry it around without Shutting Down, just close the lid to stop the drive. When you open the lid again, it springs back to life in 3 seconds. You'll never miss a beat. If you're moving your desktop around while it's running you're just asking for trouble. The section of your hard drive (read, 'your stuff') being vaporized might never be missed (perhaps it's the Help file for some little-used app on printing upside down or whatever) but if it's a critical file (like a Windows file) you'll wish you'd never moved the box. When you scrape a sector, it's gone. The only thing standing between the read head and the platter (spinning about 100 revs per second) is the cushion of air that's produced by the platter spinning. One small bump, and the air is not enough to prevent a head crash. If you get the chance, pop open the drive bay on any Panasonic ToughBook laptop. They have a gel barrier to protect the drive. Ordinary laptops are running barefoot. This instructable cushions against shock on a desktop, but why take the chance?

Sandisk1duo (author)2008-11-13

Apply pressure to the straps as you bolt them in, have 8 straps, four mounted to the top, four to the bottom (each exerting pressure)

dchall8 (author)2008-01-07

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.

jinventive (author)dchall82008-01-07

HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive

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