Screws used for mounting hard drive?

ecently I had built a computer and everything was fine yet, my hard drive was making a grinding noise. I thought it might be a bad drive, so I call up the store I would be it from and I got a replacement. Then, I install the second hard drive and I still notice the hard drive was still making grinding noises. And I was just thinking about what was wrong. I'm assuming its a self error whole installation, and I'm thinking maybe I used the wrong screws. To tell you the truth, I don't even know which screws I'm using to mount this, but I'm almost positive it's the wrong kind. So, could wrong screws be the root of the hard drive making grinding noises? I've gotten many boot errors while booting up my PC, so the damage had been done, yet if I buy a new hard drive, and use correct screws I hope it wouldn't grind? So, is that the problem? Which screws are the correct kind?
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  1. In general you should use the shortest screws needed to reach through whatever bracket holds the HDD. The correct thread is whatever is provided with the HDD. Yes if you use overly log screws and tightened them all the way in, you could damage the drive.
  2. Also, which holes should be lined up and screwed? I used the back two holes, and thats leaving the first one unscrewed and the front part kinda "sticking" out of the hard drive bay. I think that might be normal, yet im not sure. Could i be damaging it that way to, that the front part isnt really "laying" or "resting" on anything? I ordered a OEM hard drive, so I had no provided screws that came with it, so thats why i used screws that came with my case, yet those could have been fan screws, or any onther random screws so thats what i might be wondering.
  3. The HDD has 2 screw holes on each side. You align them with the holes of your mount. It is up to you and your case layout as to if the HDD is all into the bracket or partially out in the back. My drives are partly out at the back. Makes it easier to attach power and data to them. Also my bracket have fans in their front so the drive sits back from the fans. Most cases provide screw that will fit the HDD. You need to test them before using. You should be able to turn them by hand into the drive. This will tell you that the threads are correct. No binding at all. Again use the shortest screws tha will catch and hold the drive body. Also every OEM drive I have gotten has had screws with it (I only use OEM if the price is better). What type of case are you using?
  4. Im using a Cooler Master Elite 430
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    I looked at a video review of the case. You do not need screws to install the HDD. The case comes with a locking system that is screwless. Yes the rear screw hole shows and the back end of the drive does "hang out". Here is a page you may want to read ( and here is the entire article ( and the video ( So I do not think you are doing something right if you are using screws to hold the drive(s) into the case.
  6. I kinda just tossed the retantation bracket aside and used screws for more support. I didn't really trust those things. So, which side actually "hangs" out. The side that has the sata and power connector or the other side? Would i really damage my hard drive thought, by using screws instead of the retention brackets?
  7. You don't trust them ... rofl. Look at the video, it shows the case with a full hardware install first thing. And for the last time, if you used screws that were to long and tightened them all the way in, you could damage the drive.
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