TL;DR: How do I quiet the noisy damn disks?
Back story: I had been happily using an Antec Solo for many years, and I was only moderately happy with the noise level (twin front 92mm Nexus fans were a modest annoyance). Then the power button fell off. Then the power supply crapped out. And with the Solo, if you need to replace a power supply, you have to pull the motherboard and that means a major rebuild, so I figured I would look for a quieter case. The FT02 was rated the best of the big cases and an Editor's Choice.
Fast forward: Rebuilt using the FT02 with a Seasonic SS-460FL2 fanless power supply. I turned off the top exhaust fan and so am using only the 3x 180mm positive pressure fans. I use a Core i5-3570 and a fanless GPU, and as far as the noise attributable to cooling goes, I am very happy with my build. (CPU temp at idle is 27-30C and with all four cores maxed it tops out at around 50C.)
But I have two huge caveats:
- The case is so big that the modular cables on the Seasonic are not long enough. For example, I can't put my SSD in the place reserved for SSD because the power cable won't reach. I have to mount my optical drive at the bottom, not the top, but otherwise the power cable won't reach. And so on.
- The real problem: hard-drive noise is awful.
I can't emphasize that last point enough. The hard drive noise is so bad that I have all my hard drives spin down after 30 seconds idle. (The system includes a small SSD.) I'm told it's not good for the hard drive to be spinning up and down continually, but I can't stand the noise. And these are the exact same hard drives I had running suspended in my Antec Solo, but both the level and the quality of the noise is much worse in the FT02. I'm not quite sure what I missed in the review, but I'm shocked that a case with this problem could earn Editor's Choice from SPCR.
If anybody has figured out how to suspend hard drives or otherwise quiet them down in this case, I would like to know!