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Hard Drive Noise Reduction
Written by Allan Nielsen (16/Feb/04)
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A lot of hard drives of today do make a significant amount of noise. A lot of this noise is caused by vibrations, and that can be very annoying. My Western Digital 80 GB 8 MB cache drive isn't one of those really noisy hard drives, but I decided to see if I could get rid of the small vibrations anyway.

All you need is two pencils or similar, and two or more thick rubber bands.

The pictures say it all..

Remove the hard drive from the case.

Find a couple of thick rubber bands.

Install in 5.25" slots in the case like this.

How I attached the rubber bands to the side. Doesn't get any easier than this.

I did notice less vibrations after performing this mod. I recommend you use 3 or 4 rubber bands instead of the 2 I used, in case one of them should break. Furthermore, don't move the case too much while the hard drive is hanging there. Better safe than sorry!

I had mine installed as you see in the pictures, for 3 months without any problems. It didn't cost me anything to perform this mod, so I thought I should share this, and perhaps give you all some ideas for your own noise reduction projects. Remember, elastic bands do become brittle over time, so give it a check every now and again. But anyone who does this, will generally have their machine open quite frequently anyway :)

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