Noise Free HDD





Introduction: Noise Free HDD

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

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

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

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

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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    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 :))

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

    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

    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.

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    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.

    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?" :)

    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.

    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!

    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.

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

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

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    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!