I got a new WD800JB before I was into quieting my box. The drive sounds pretty loud now that I have everything else muted. I want to quiet it down, but I don't want to sandwich it. 1) I checked the specs with the Silent Drive, and it won't fit; 2) the SmartDrive costs as much as I paid for the HDD; 3) I like to DIY, but I don't have access to the kind of tools that I would need to do a sandwich right. So I was thinking of suspension. Here's the catch: I have 7 3.5" bays but only 4 5.25" bays in my case. I only have the one HDD, but I have a DVD, a CDRW (that I'm currently in the market to replace), and a multicard reader with USB hub in 3 of the 4 5.25" bays (I have an Ahanix Noblesse case with a bottom 5.25 with closeable door, which is where I have placed the mulitcard reader).
I thought about getting rid of both opticals and getting a combo drive, but I really like to be able to read and burn at once since I do a lot of CD ripping (I'm halfway through backing-up my entire 200 disc CD collection). So that's out.
Which leaves me with one 5.25" bay and not enough room for a suspension.
So here's what I thought: what about a vertical suspension? I'm thinking of heat and side-sinking the HDD per SPCR experiments, vertically suspending the drive in the HDD drive cage, and using an undervolted Panaflo 92mm (mounted in the bottom of the 2 external 3.5 bays) to actively cool the drive with a minimum of sound.
Has ANYBODY tried any of this before, or am I on my own with this one?
I think it will work to keep it cool, and I'm reasonably sure that it will make it much quieter. Plus, there SHOULD be enough room left in the cage for me to suspend a SECOND drive next to the first, complete with heatsinks and sufficient space in between for airflow (see my other recent post here
Another thought is water-cooling, but I can't find a US source for an HDD water cooler (that I would then wrap in rubber or something). Anybody have a recommendation