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Silent HDD drive bay options?

Post by Mohan » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:51 pm

Hi there...

I thought about having one or two drives in a removable drive bay... which are cost effective solutions that may perhaps even do some drive damping and are silent at that? I intend to put 250GB-1TB drives in it, any pointers? I didn't know there was sooo much choice...

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Silent HDD drive bay options?

Post by MikeC » Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:22 pm

None of them do a thing to reduce HDD noise. There's no room for it. The best they can do is maybe add a bit of rubber grommeting which is usually just about useless.

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Post by TheAtomicKid » Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:01 pm

Getcha a removeable 2.5 inch setup, and use SSD's.

A little expensive, but dead silent. And at least the upper end of the SSD range, 256 gigs, is within your 250G - 1TB range you mentioned.

Pricing will get better over time. SSD's are the way forward!

CHARGE! :)

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Post by Mohan » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:31 pm

Hmm... so I should better ask about them not introducing too much noise... because most of them seem to have a seperate 40x40mm fan in them?

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Post by LodeHacker » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:34 pm

Any fan smaller than 80mm = taboo

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Post by Mohan » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:39 pm

I can't believe they're making nothing out of using a 5.25" bay for a 3.5" drive... but it seems so. Damn.

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Post by MikeC » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:21 pm

the optical drive bays are not good places for HDDs anyway. There's almost no airflow there in most cases, so it the HDD would run hot. Only if you were using it for occasional file backups or whathaveyou would it be a good solution,

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Post by Mohan » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:11 pm

Which leads me to another question directly... any of these that can turn off/on HDs without turning the key or so... that you can only turn the backup HD on if you really need it without the need to remove/insert it everytime?

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