Make my HDD's silent?

Hello, i've built a dead silent system with SSD for system and applications, Msi GTX 980 ZeroFrozr and a almost passive Noctua heatsink with inaudible fans cooling my 4790k as well as a zero-fan-mode Corsair PSU. ALl in my sound-dampened Define R4.

The only part i can hear in my system is my 2 HDD's (i have 2 WD Black 4TB for backup and storage - games etc.) that i can not do without. Neither can i change these for other HDDs or SSDs. Is there any way to put my HDDs in some foam or something so i can't hear them humming? :-)

Im so close to a silent workstation with high performance!
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  1. You can put either foam strips, or felt stickers between the drive and the cage to silence it.
  2. Not much can really be done about the noise of HDD as they are mechanical and constantly spinning.
  3. digitaldoc said:
    You can put either foam strips, or felt stickers between the drive and the cage to silence it.


    I think that would remove vibrations. But my case already has rubber feet for the HDD's so they are not vibrating the case. I want to remove the "hum" - the spinning inside the disk, which is pretty load when in a silent room at night.
  4. ak47jar3d said:
    Not much can really be done about the noise of HDD as they are mechanical and constantly spinning.


    Hmm, i hoped so :-/
    What do you think of this? http://www.quietpc.com/smartdrive-classic

    Will it work? and will it become true silent?
  5. Yes, those enclosures can help like the one you linked to.

    There will always be some sound that comes from the drive spinning. In most cases, the metal of the case serves to amplify it further to the point of intolerable. I would try some foam strips first and see if that works for you, and if not than try the enclosure.
  6. digitaldoc said:
    Yes, those enclosures can help like the one you linked to.

    There will always be some sound that comes from the drive spinning. In most cases, the metal of the case serves to amplify it further to the point of intolerable. I would try some foam strips first and see if that works for you, and if not than try the enclosure.


    I will try with foam and turn back with the result :)
    The thing is, my HDD is not vibrating, it sounds like a loud fan. It actually sounds like my noctua fan at medium-high speeds :P
  7. Casper Traberg-Larsen said:

    I will try with foam and turn back with the result :)
    The thing is, my HDD is not vibrating, it sounds like a loud fan. It actually sounds like my noctua fan at medium-high speeds :P


    I have the same problem. The only thing making noise in my case is my Barracuda HDD. It sounds exactly like a Noctua Full speed fan. Did you ever manage to find a sollution? My drive is sitting on foam, and touches nothing except for the sata and power cables.
  8. Why don't you consider moving the hard drive somewhere else and use firewire or ethernet to connect it?
  9. I eventually bought a NAS, transferred the HDD into it, hid it in the living room, and bought 2 1 TB SSD's instead. No more noise now.
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