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Paranoid Noob - Need Help/Advice Hard Drive - Location

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June 20, 2013 4:48:32 AM

Hello, I am a noob and really have no clue in this.
So, i wanted to upgrade my HDD and i asked some Computer guy and he installed a SATA HDD. Below are the pictures.

So I have the Old, Flat/Base Desktop Kinda Like this:
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This was a Picture before the HDD Install:


The bottom right part was where the HDD was installed.


Now my question is that, there was little space, and the guy forcefully shoved it in, now whenever i use the computer i keep hearing some jerking sound, eeee, or ummmmm some weird sound, whenever the hdd is in use.

So i wanted to know,

Should the HDD be put facing up like this


Or down like this



OR IT DOES NOT MATTER WHICH WAY??

Am I overreacting?


And the next part is that from this image



its hard to explain but on the top of the hdd, under the metal there is a metal frame part, now for example if the space is 100cm but the hdd is 101cm i feel as its forcefully fit it and there is no room? Again am I overreacting?


Thank You very much, im sorry for the poor explaination if you need more images or information please post.

Thank You

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a b G Storage
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June 20, 2013 5:03:52 AM

It doesn't matter; the slot has some drilled holes that need to align with the holes on the sides of the HDD in order to screw it securely in. The HDD has to be placed so these holes match, if this is the position to match them, then it's OK.
The cage itself has some flex to it, albeit small. But it will give in order to accommodate the HDD in there, so 1 mm (not cm) tolerance is fine.
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June 20, 2013 6:57:57 AM

house70 said:
It doesn't matter; the slot has some drilled holes that need to align with the holes on the sides of the HDD in order to screw it securely in. The HDD has to be placed so these holes match, if this is the position to match them, then it's OK.
The cage itself has some flex to it, albeit small. But it will give in order to accommodate the HDD in there, so 1 mm (not cm) tolerance is fine.


Ahh, So it doesnt matter if its up or down.


The problem is there was no screws,

and there is no flex, think of it like the space is 10mm and the harddrive was 11mm. there was no space, is that why the HDD keeps making a jerking sound?

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a b G Storage
a b V Motherboard
June 20, 2013 1:36:41 PM

The sound it makes is caused by the arm searching on the platters, and maybe the spinning startup. If you have some screws that fit the HDD mounts, I recommend to use them, even if the HDD seems to fit tightly in the cage (unless it has a screw-less mounting cage).
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