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A noiseless hard drive in one day

   Once drinking beer we contrived one more funny variant how to overcome hard disk noise. At the same time we could test some noise absorbing characteristics of thermal paste which hadn’t been studied and shown in documents earlier. The essence of the idea is to sink the hard disk in the thermal paste! Properly speaking this is not our first development. We’ve already written about silent hard disk, but we used there a less extreme and more elegant approach…
 

silent hard disk


   At first we selected a radiator appropriate by its size. We tried to select it… We found a cooling block of two hard disks which has been manufactured a long time ago. We decided to remodel it.
 

hdd radiator


   We pasted together the butt-ends of two radiators, and then mounted a kind of airproof box on them. To do this, we needed only two aluminium angle bars and several cuttings of sheet metal. We fixed safely the holes of former fasteners with friction tape. Finally we got such beautiful radiator box.
 

hdd radiator box


  Fit the hard disk to the box. With the help of double-sided sticky tape, glue small squares of Closed Cell Neoprene Foam. The size of these squires is 1*1 cm and thickness is 5 mm. Hard disk must not touch the cabinet anywhere; otherwise all the work will come to nothing and vibration will be transferred to radiator.



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Non-constructive thoughts about modding...

    All began when one day my neighbour, he is Automatic Control Engineer, came and started to beg me to give him one diode. When I asked him why, he typed modding in a search engine. And it had a great effect on me. I was sick about it. Maybe there is nothing accidental in the world and this modding seed fell into good soil. All my life I was interested in design.


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