Hi Guys- A number of years since I last posted and am thrilled that some here are still using Coolpaks to reduce HD noise, Vibration, etc. I've been employing them since I originally posted the idea back in mid-2004, and can assure all that there still really hasn't been any downside to the technique (ie no pack leaking, no HD failure). The upside has been the ease of setting it up (plopping a pak on the bottom of the case, plopping the drive on top of it), the total elimination of HD vibration, and the suppression of other HD noise on any but the most annoyingly loud drives.
But to the point- as I've been blissfully unaware of any vent holes on any of the drives I've used either the Coolpack technique doesn't block anything of value or covering such holes is of no consequence.
Hey, nice to hear from you again
Do you just use the one pak on the bottom then? I think I was putting one on the top as well, to help transfer heat from both sides and also to pack the box to keep the drive held tight. Do you put the drive circuit down on the pak? I'm just wondering if this vent hole is on the non-circuit side, so is left clear if you're not putting a pak on that side.
It's still the best technique I've seen/tried either way. I'm baffled how people put up with the airborne HD noise, as even with drives suspended/on foam I find them quite intrusive and I can get my system essentially silent until I plug the drives in, at which point it seems like I've wasted my time silencing the rest of the system
Even though I'm 99% certain the problems I had with my drives when they were in the boxes was down to a dodgy PICO PSU, I'm still a bit nervous but I will be going back to them as soon as I've had a chance to make sure I've got everything backed up (and maybe after HD prices come down again, just in case I need to buy a new one!).