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by Steve_Y
Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Cool and quiet external enclosure?
Replies: 4
Views: 2053

It's quite an expensive option, but buying an internal silencing enclosure and an IDE to USB2 adapter cable is the only solution I've seen. I've found aluminium external enclosures that cool drives well enough, but if anything they amplify the noise rather than reducing it. This seems like an untapp...
by Steve_Y
Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Strange noises from my 7200.7
Replies: 7
Views: 5115

My Seagate 7200.7 does the same thing, very annoying in a system that's running 24/7 in my bedroom. That's why I replaced it with a Samsung drive, now it's just used as an external backup.

My good old 5400RPM Seagate was a great drive, but the more recent drives have been disappointing.
by Steve_Y
Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Nexus Drive-A-Way vs SmartDrive 2002C
Replies: 18
Views: 7462

Hey Steve can you post the actual dimensions of the Drive-A-Way please. I wasn't able to find it anywhere including Nexus's site. :? It's roughly 20.5cm x 14.5cm x 4cm (length x width x depth), add an extra 1cm to the length if you use the thumbscrews. Quite large for an internal enclosure, with th...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me quiet a PIII system
Replies: 13
Views: 3348

If the CPU heatsink is too hot to touch then I don't think you should consider running it like that full time. You need decent airflow over a fanless heatsink, I think putting in a duct and maybe replacing your heatsink with something larger would be a good idea.
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 10, 2005 5:38 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Does the Nexus 120mm Real Silent fan meet its airflow spec?
Replies: 4
Views: 1578

IMHO Nexus fans are one of the best low noise fans you can get. The quoted airflow and sound stats seem quite accurate and the sound is smooth with low motor noise. I don't think you'll be disappointed with the sound level if you replace your Antec fan with a Nexus, but I'm not sure how your airflow...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 10, 2005 5:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for a UK source of a 70mm - 120mm fan adapter
Replies: 7
Views: 2169

You could always try connecting an 80mm-120mm adapter to your 70mm-80mm adapter. The other posters are probably correct that you wouldn't see much of an airflow advantage over a smaller fan, but personally I'd like to see that tested. Maybe you could post CPU temperatures before and after using the ...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 10, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cardboard ducting - Safe?
Replies: 32
Views: 11549

I've always been a little reluctant to put anything cardboard inside my case, but I've come to realise that it's a silly thing to worry about. I doubt any component inside my PC would still be functioning by the time it was hot enough to burn cardboard. I've just chucked together a simple cereal box...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quiet, fast DVD-ROM reading optical drives? Sony, NEC, etc?
Replies: 8
Views: 3313

I'm very happy with the noise level of my LG DVD-RW running in an external USB enclosure. It's not silent when writing a CD but I can barely hear it when playing a DVD movie.
by Steve_Y
Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung SP2014N Is Very Quiet !!
Replies: 1
Views: 1405

I've been impressed with the new Spinpoints too. The idle and seek of my NIDEC SP2514N is easily quieter than my 200Gb Seagate 7200.7. Running in a Nexus enclosure inside an AcoustiPack lined case, even seek noise is inaudible at 1m. After being unhappy with the idle noise of my Seagate I nearly bou...
by Steve_Y
Sat Jul 09, 2005 11:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Nexus Drive-A-Way vs SmartDrive 2002C
Replies: 18
Views: 7462

I haven't tried the SmartDrive 2002C, but the Nexus is definitely a better silencer than the two other enclosures I've tried, a SilentDrive and a SilentMaxx HD-Silencer. Maybe if there's a comparison between either of those enclosures and the SmartDrive that'll help you decide. The Nexus Drive-A-Way...
by Steve_Y
Sat Jul 09, 2005 11:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Question: CD-ROM drives - installed only horizontally?
Replies: 19
Views: 4189

gr8r-x wrote:Was this a LONG time ago? Early CDROM's were rather nasty as far as vibration/rotation integrity go.
This was about 18 months ago using a fairly new 52x LiteOn CD-ROM drive and a music CD pressed a couple of years earlier.
by Steve_Y
Thu Jul 07, 2005 4:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Question: CD-ROM drives - installed only horizontally?
Replies: 19
Views: 4189

I considered mounting a DVD-RW vertically as I wanted to run a tower case PC on it's side to fit it under a TV. In the end I decided that it wasn't worth the risk so I got an external 5.25" USB enclosure and put the drive in that. It's worked perfectly and having a portable drive has been useful mor...
by Steve_Y
Sat Jul 02, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Testing a Silentmaxx HD-silencer
Replies: 2
Views: 10409

Testing a Silentmaxx HD-silencer

I bought a Nexus Drive-A-Way enclosure for use in a silent media centre PC I'm building, I wrote about my experience with it in this thread http://forums.silentpcreview.com/viewtopic.php?t=23058 . Since it'll be used to record video I decided that I'd probably need a second HDD for both performance ...
by Steve_Y
Fri Jul 01, 2005 4:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Multiple Sound Cards
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

I've run 2 sound cards in one system without any problems under Win 2K, an old Soundblaster for games and an E-mu 1212 for music. Obviously you aren't using those cards so your experience may be different.
by Steve_Y
Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me quiet a PIII system
Replies: 13
Views: 3348

I'm running a similar system but with a slightly cooler 600Mhz PIII. IMO a system like this is relatively trivial to silence, no expensive specialist components or well thought out air flow ducts are really necessary. The CPU and PSU should be particularly easy. I find that most half decent PSUs can...
by Steve_Y
Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: <4Gb low noise IDE/SCSI hard disk?
Replies: 11
Views: 2636

Thanks very much for all the advice. I’d never have considered using a CF card or a zip drive as a HDD replacement if it hadn’t been suggested here. I’ve got an old internal zip drive that’s been packed away since I first bought a CD-RW, it'll be nice to have a new use for it. Certainly less hassle ...
by Steve_Y
Sun Jun 26, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: <4Gb low noise IDE/SCSI hard disk?
Replies: 11
Views: 2636

<4Gb low noise IDE/SCSI hard disk?

I know this sounds like a really wierd request in these days of 250Gb hard disks, but I'm looking for a 100Mb-4Gb hard disk that doesn't make much noise. I know I'm not going to get a new drive that size, but a few recommendations should help me find one second hand. I rescued an old Amiga 4000 that...
by Steve_Y
Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Testing the Nexus Drive-A-Way enclosure
Replies: 7
Views: 15299

Testing the Nexus Drive-A-Way enclosure

I've lurked here for ages and picked up a lot of good advice, so I thought I'd post my experience with a Nexus Drive-A-Way enclosure I bought from Kustompcs.co.uk This isn’t really a review of the Nexus enclosure, I don’t have any sound measuring equipment or the time needed to perform tests of mult...