my first guinea pig = IBM 75GXP 7200rpm 40gb HDD
experiment date = possibly 11-16-02 (or i can wait until seagate v comes out)
preliminary experiment protocol:
1. aluminum heatsink made out of 2mm thick (hopefully i'll find one with some ridges). this will be added directly to my hard drive with no pad in the middle. i'll put it on the back of the drive, not onto the circuit board to avoid shorting. will drill a hole for that 'breathing hole' of the drive.
2. my suspension idea:
get four long screws that i'll attach to the side of the hard drive (where the short screws normally affix the drive to the case). and i'll tie my elastic ropes to those screws.
3. vacuum chamber:
reinforced lay's bulls bbq potatoe chip bag ($2.99, and you get a free snack)
. reinforcement will be made out of few of my metal chopsticks i've been saving in the last kitchen drawer just for this occasion.
attach normally then carefully make a hole in the potatoe chip bag which I'll seal very well with heavy duty tapes. when everything's complete before creating the vacuum, i'll cover the whole bag with the duct tape couple times.
5. the vacuum:
i bought one of those closet savers. you put clothes in it, then you vacuum out the air with a regular vacuum cleaner to compress the clothes. that's the only option i got... so if it's going to be too quick, well, i got no choice.
well my guess is, the drive will overheat and die on me in minutes if not seconds. heatpipe idea sounds good, but i don't have soldering iron to implement it. my actual intension is just to set some precedence for a very few of you to follow, and hopefully a few of those will suceed in the future.
this is an overkill, but i believe it is a necessity if you really want a dead silent drive that'll work
unless you want to shell out $3000 for a solid state drive.
only issue is heat... (and possibly that breathing hole)... you have no air to the dissipate heat by the conventional convection method. plastic heatpipe sounds good, and i'll think about it in the near future (proven they work).