Drives in Suspension

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In anticipation of the arrival of the remaining pieces of my new MediaCentre rig (mobo, psu, video card) on Tuesday, I started doing some light mods of the case to ensure silent operation of my hard drives. Although I eventually plan to shunt the 120GB Maxtor 3.5" drive off into a mini file server powered by the trusty old Mini-ITX, I'm keeping it the MediaCentre for now (until I find the right setup for the server box). Following the examples at Silent PC Review and Overclockers.com, I decided to insulate my drives with some foam and suspend them with some elastic cords. I'll have to keep an eye on the temperatures since the foam may trap too much heat, which is no longer being conducted out to the case (but neither, more importantly, is the vibration). If the temps get too high, I can probably ditch the foam and just keep them suspened. Check out the photos in the full entry.

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Posted on February 20, 2005 and filed under Geek Gear.