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 Post subject: Hard drive mounting by E-A-R
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2003 12:36 pm 
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Hi dudes,

does someone has experience with the HD mounting 'thing'
made bij E-A-R?

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how does it preforms against decoupling or mounting à la novibes?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2003 12:25 pm 
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It seems nobody has this....so maybe it got to be reviewed..! MikeC?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2003 12:45 pm 
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Can't comment on the plastic mounting rails, but I have looked at and played with the drive mounting grommets -- in the ARM Systems Stealth PC review. Here's how I would rank HDD decoupling effectiveness:

1) Elastic suspension (DIY)
2) NoVibes
3) foam bed (DIY - also depends on foam softness)
4) EAR grommets
5) rubber grommets / Smart Drive -- although Smart drive might be closer to the EAR grommets

Anyway, that's just my opinion. I've played around with all of these & you know I have reviewed them, but not always A/B, so I would not consider the above totally verified, and there will be some variance depending on your particular setup anyway. Still, I think there's little question about the first 3. The NV-III matches the DIY suspension if the bottom pads are removed so the drive is really allowed to "float".


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2003 1:38 pm 
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Mike,

It would seem that this would be a great theme for an article -- comparing the different hard drive isolation mechanisms in terms of cost, heat and noise.


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But they have already been reviewed... there is so much other stuff to do & so little time. You already no the results for the most part -- the floaters decouple best but get hot, the sealers quiet better (esp whine) but allow mech transmission (seek & lower freq noise) and usually get hot (except for Smart Drive, which still kind of amazes me.)


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Just to confirm, the EAR product is the little yellow screw gromits, not the blue drive rails right? Or it both?


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Quote:
the EAR product is the little yellow screw gromits

Yeah, I think so.


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