I have two 7200RPM drives in my rig, which are suspended in my Fractal Define R2.
Fractal Define R2 cases are trendy, but the steel is thin. Thick steel and thick foam cuts more noise then thin materials. I would sell the Define R2 while it is still the hot case, and get something with thicker walls.
I will always suggest my case, the NZXT Whisper (video review)
. It holds 9 drives on rubber grommets, and packs them into a chamber of 10mm foam. It costs USD 110 from Amazon
but you will need a controller for the included fans.
The problem is that I can clearly hear the seek noise and the start-up spin. Also, the HDD suspended in the 5.25" is getting almost no cooling.
Hard drives do not need much cooling. Use SMART to check your temperatures on your hard drives. The popular Speedfan
program has a SMART tool included. If the drives are under 45c, you not need more cooling.Google Labs has proved that hard drives don't need much cooling
My case is sitting to my right and it is very close to my ears. This means I hear the noises very clearly. I can't find a space to fit the case on the floor, but the desk has a small cubby-hole at the bottom right where I can put a small enclosure with the HDDs inside.
Noise falls off quickly with distance
, and interior walls help cut down noise to unnoticeable levels. If you get video and USB extension cables, you could put the computer far away.
I have put computers in the next room and then run HDMI and USB through the walls. I have also put computers in the basement near the furnace, and run cables via the cool air return (NOT the hot air vents). I usually just go to the machine to change DVDs, but I also have a USB DVD player.
I'll build the box out of wood, by myself (I have a hacksaw, drill, nails, screws, sandpaper and I can buy some glue, wood and varnish/paint as well).
You will need a wood saw blade for your hacksaw. Hacksaw blades (fine-toothed) are for cutting metal and hard plastic. Wood saw blades have coarse teeth for cutting wood.
Building stuff is cool, but the GF will never like the way it looks.
Thanks for any tips. I don't want to build a NAS box as that would be quite expensive, and I don't want to throw away the 7200RPM drives and get 5400RPM drives and an SSD for the same reason.
Well, once you eliminate the simple and good ideas, you may need to build something...