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by zhenya
Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HDD Noise Help :(
Replies: 5
Views: 2534

Your best bet if you want silence and that much storage is to move all of those drives except for a quiet drive for the OS to a NAS somewhere else in the house. Shutting down the unused drives may work to an extent, but in my experience, the constant start-up and shut down sounds of multiple drives ...
by zhenya
Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P180 Very Noisy ! (Don't trust reviews)
Replies: 31
Views: 11722

I think both of you guys are missing the point. A case itself is not particularly "quiet" or "loud" - there's a certain amount of acoustic damping in a case but without a lot of sound deadening material or a huge amount of weight, the case isn't going to contain noise very well. What a case can be ...
by zhenya
Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: external hard disk enclosures
Replies: 1
Views: 1524

Perhaps the point of a NAS that you are missing is that you are no longer significantly tied to the short cable lengths of USB or Firewire that force you to have the noisy drive in the same room with you. My NAS is rather noisy, but it sits in the basement with my modem, router, etc, and it doesn't ...
by zhenya
Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best prog to backup hd with
Replies: 29
Views: 7519

the best program to backup hd bar none is acronis trueimage. I'd agree if you said "the best program to image a hd bar none is Acronis True Image. It's very difficult to make a real long-term backup plan with Acronis, as your incremental images grow and grow and grow. The best imaging program I've ...
by zhenya
Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P150 with (almost) fully passive cooling?
Replies: 8
Views: 3866

I think you're going to find that a couple of quiet fans at 5-9 volts each are still going to be below the noise floor of your two drives. If that is true, why bother removing fans that are performing cooling duties, and aren't really contributing to the noise you hear?
by zhenya
Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Maxtor or Hitachi ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1966

Why are you ruling out Seagate? It doesn't matter anyways, because the quietest 3.5" drives are generally made by Samsung. If you give us the size and interface you are looking for, we would be able to help with some specific recommendations. :D
by zhenya
Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Dampening material on Antec P150...
Replies: 1
Views: 1325

The insulation on the P150 is quite thin and hard. I would expect that it reduces panel resonance, but does very little in terms of noise insulation. When I moved my computer to the P150, there was very little improvement in noise right off the bat. In my experience, the P150 gives you lots of abili...
by zhenya
Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:57 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

What troubles me are all the people who buy the P150 and never see this thread, and could be in for a rude awakening :( Maybe, but I'm personally from the school of thought that hard disks are much more resilient than people generally believe. I've dropped my laptop, while it was turned on, about 4...
by zhenya
Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

no problem. glad to help! :D
by zhenya
Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

JVM wrote:Thanks for the clarification. Are you sure the Viton would fit (diameter and length)?
Yes, the AS568A # 237 is a standardization number, so any o-ring of size AS568A # 237 will be the same physical dimensions, but can be made of varying materials.
by zhenya
Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:59 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

Thanks for getting us the part number, but your description of these o-rings has changed from the quality assurance above to "Buna (decent all around, probably sufficient -- temp range -30f to 230f) part # 9452k166 -- $11.75 for 50 (this is what I used, as we had them in stock)" We are going from "...
by zhenya
Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

Excellent points Mike. I was fortunate to have these o-rings in stock in our shop, so it makes sense for me. For others, maybe not, but interest was expressed, so there's the info. :D Good tip about the drive trays! I have extra foam packed around my drives, making them safe even if another o-ring f...
by zhenya
Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

Ok, here's the info I promised: I used an AS568A # 237 o-ring. This measures 3 3/8" x 3 5/8" McMaster sells these in a number of different rubber compounds-- Buna (decent all around, probably sufficient -- temp range -30f to 230f) part # 9452k166 -- $11.75 for 50 (this is what I used, as we had them...
by zhenya
Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

Doesn't Antec give instructions to not move the case and twist the bands? IMO, the instructions to not move the case with suspended drives means don't travel or extensively move the case, because the drives could fall out, not "don't move the case for normal maintenance." The bands breaking is an e...
by zhenya
Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

For all those that are interested I will post a part number next week when I'm back in the shop.
by zhenya
Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Musings on a silent home server
Replies: 11
Views: 3483

Clark Connect might be a good distribution of linux for your purposes. Simple install and web-based administration without a real GUI. I'd also echo others' sentiments that a really basic machine will suffice here, as well as the option of getting a separate integrated modem/ap/router/firewall unit....
by zhenya
Mon Jan 23, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I want to separate my HDDs
Replies: 2
Views: 1014

Re: I want to separate my HDDs

I think you're on the right track. When I came to that realization myself, it ended up with me putting a file server in the basement. Now I only need one small drive in my main system. The main problem with SATA or Firewire external enclosures is that you have a significant limitation on cable lengt...
by zhenya
Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" enclosures for a 3.5" bay?
Replies: 6
Views: 2065

Purchasing an enclosure is probably not necessary. Part of the reason SPCR'ers like 2.5" drives so much is that their power consumption is very low - hence they create very little heat. That means you would likely be safe wrapping it in foam/bubble wrap or whatever is your insulation of choice, and ...
by zhenya
Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:08 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Sonata II or P150?
Replies: 8
Views: 3360

While the P150 is superior noise wise. I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole if I was going to mount a relative old socket A board in it. The may have fixed the problems with the NeoHE PSU and certain Asus boards, but I haven't seen any indication that this fixed the problems it had with some ol...
by zhenya
Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Is your P150 HDD suspension rubber band OK?
Replies: 99
Views: 77593

I'd be interested if anyone finds a suitable replacement. All Antec will tell me is that they're on backorder. http://www.mcmaster.com/ I can look up the exact part number I used from our stock at work tommorow if people are interested. I guarantee you won't have another failure if you replace the ...
by zhenya
Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:40 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My totally silent low-power rig!
Replies: 18
Views: 7376

The foam is leftover scraps from Pelican style cases. Sorry I can't be more specific! We just have lots of it leftover from shipping equipment at work! :D Is it soft foam such as a sponge or is it more like styrofoam? closer to a sponge than styrofoam. I've actually modified my setup a bit again th...
by zhenya
Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Network Attached Storage rather than Drive Enclosures?
Replies: 31
Views: 11817

What made you choose Ubuntu over Debian or Samba? Or are they all the same thing? I'm a complete Linux noob and am just about to jump in -- my drives arrived today so just got to move the parts into my GMC case and set it up. Basically I chose Ubuntu because a friend of mine who's a network admin r...
by zhenya
Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: P3 733MHz / Socket 370 / Revisited (some '05 HSFs stale)
Replies: 6
Views: 2887

My first thought, as I'm running a couple of CPU's of this vintage myself, is that you should be able to get away with running any of them fanless as long as you have a half-decent heatsink on them, and a good thermal interface. I've been running a socket 370 celeron 1.4 fanless for years now just b...
by zhenya
Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My totally silent low-power rig!
Replies: 18
Views: 7376

Completely inaudible? That's impressive. Do you have any ambient noise such as a ventilation system? Seeing as it is not helpful to put foam on the sides, how helpful is the front foam panel? Very little other ambient noise. My heat is hot water, so no ventilation systems. When the house is quiet t...
by zhenya
Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Network Attached Storage rather than Drive Enclosures?
Replies: 31
Views: 11817

Glad you got it worked out Zhenya. I'm waiting on my two Samsung V120CE drives arriving to get my server up and running. You may just have convinced me to try Clark Connect rather than learning Linux! If it's difficult for someone familiar with Windows networking, it will be so much the harder for ...
by zhenya
Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:40 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Network Attached Storage rather than Drive Enclosures?
Replies: 31
Views: 11817

Ok! I finally have my linux file server up and operating. I had everything I needed in spare parts, so my net cost was $0. I set up a PIII 450 w/ 256mb ram running Ubuntu linux. I have linux running on a 10gb drive, and then a 160gb and 250gb drives shared with permissions on the network. I can remo...
by zhenya
Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My totally silent low-power rig!
Replies: 18
Views: 7376

That is impressive zhenya! It's hard to believe that you can block the front intake and get away with it. There must be a tiny bit of air coming in through the front, around the foam, since the harddrives' temperatures weren't that much higher at all. I will have to try that myself. Yes, there prob...
by zhenya
Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:24 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Has anyone else encountered a clicking 80mm Nexus?
Replies: 17
Views: 3654

I too have a recently purchased Nexus 80mm that clicks. It's really bad at anything above 5v. I first tried a Papst that was extremely quiet, except for the clicking. The Nexus was supposed to solve that. Anyone have any other suggestions for a silent 80mm fan that works well at 5v?
by zhenya
Sat Jan 14, 2006 4:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P150 airflow idea
Replies: 9
Views: 2842

Re: Antec P150 airflow idea

Hello, Regarding noise level, I am not sure which intake produce the more noise: the muffled, but more physically close, front intake, or the back intake. Maybe someone has done some empirical studies? :) My empirical study lead me to discover that the front intake was the source of most of my rema...
by zhenya
Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Network storage device...Netgear SC101 w/cooler pics
Replies: 4
Views: 1693

Good luck with it! I decided against it after all the negative reviews and built a linux file server out of old parts instead. Keep us updated as to how it works out.