My new SP2504C is driving me nuts!

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tonalt
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My new SP2504C is driving me nuts!

Post by tonalt » Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:23 am

There's no metal to metal contact and it's insulated with HDD Shell II. The noise amplifies with 1 second cycle and it's like wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm..

That sound is driving me nuts and I can hear it to my bed (3-4 meters away).

There's no way to return this HD to the store, so I guess if I can't make this one quiet, I have to buy new HD. I was wondering that if I should buy the new Western Digital WD5000KS but according to this topic the SP2504C should a little quieter?! So I don't really know what to believe and what HD is truly the quietest now.

I also have Samsung SP1614 and it doesn't keep that annoying wHUm noise but it have higher idle noise.

Should I try to enable AAM with SP2504C or does it effect to this kind of things at all? Can I break my HD with AAM enabled?
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Felger Carbon
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Re: My new SP2504C is driving me nuts!

Post by Felger Carbon » Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:55 am

tonalt wrote:There's no metal to metal contact and it's insulated with HDD Shell II. The noise amplifies with 1 second cycle and it's like wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm..
What you're hearing is the beat note between your two HDDs. It's not the fault of either HDD; it's the fault of both HDDs.

Suspending one of the drives will eliminate the problem. Anything that eliminates the vibration from one of the drives will eliminate the problem; suspension is usually the easiest way to go. Good luck!

tonalt
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Post by tonalt » Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:16 am

Oh I didn't think of that.. so it seems that my suspension isn't good enough. Have to think about new HD enclosure.
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limee
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Post by limee » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:01 pm

What's your setup (ie how did you suspend the drives)? Is it any louder when you suspend the drives without the hd cover? From what I've tried, usually after I suspend drives with clothes elastics I don't need those hd enclosures.

barth2k
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Re: My new SP2504C is driving me nuts!

Post by barth2k » Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:07 am

Felger Carbon wrote:
tonalt wrote:There's no metal to metal contact and it's insulated with HDD Shell II. The noise amplifies with 1 second cycle and it's like wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm..
What you're hearing is the beat note between your two HDDs. It's not the fault of either HDD; it's the fault of both HDDs.

Suspending one of the drives will eliminate the problem. Anything that eliminates the vibration from one of the drives will eliminate the problem; suspension is usually the easiest way to go. Good luck!
Wow! I have the exact same problem with my WD2500KS. The wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm.. ..wwhhHUMmm sound is a dead on description for what I hear. I finally figured out that if I turned off my HD-Tivo which sits about 6' away, the noise is much lessened. I tried doing a crude suspension but it didn't work. You think the same thing is happening with my setup? odd thing is neither my PC nor the Tivo i loud by itself (not really audible from 5' away).

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