silencing a desktop drive

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Do hd silencers work? I would like to get laptop levels of noise from a desktop drive. Seed isn't important (shame 5400rpm 3.5" are no more) but would like high capacity and quiet noise levels.

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The full enclosure ones do exactly what they say on the tin - you can lop 90% of the noise off with something like this:

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and

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The suspention method works reasonably well, but is not as comprehensive as it only cuts down on the case vibration, not the head (clicking) noises.

I have one of each of the picks above and they're both great - they both silence and cool - but bear in mind they are only rated to 10k and even then I'd be reluctant to put a Raptor in the Silent Drive.
 
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A suspended samsung spinpoint is as quiet as some laptop drives. The problem with most of the enclosures is that you risk overheating the drive.

Maybe a daft question - but why not just buy a sata laptop drive?
 
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thanks, quite expensive. :( at around 30 quid. As for why not get a laptop drive, can you even get 250 or 320 gb? And under a ton? I need near silence plus high capacity.
 
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In that case - Tha Samsungs are for you - you can get mounts from the shop like these

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Between them and the Spinpoint it will be whisper quiet :p

(Though I picked up 2 of those SilentDrives 2nd hand for about £15 - well worth it, and they do a reasonable job of cooling as well as quietening)
 
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