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Old November 22, 2013, 02:52 PM
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Default Antec Three Hundred Two Hard Drive Vibration Issues

I'm having pretty big noise problems as a result of my hard drive in my case (my whole build was about silence, so this is quite annoying). It's a WD 1 TB Green. It's a fairly old drive that I've had for quite a while now that came out of my previous desktop and I used it externally with my laptop.

New build and I buy the Three Hundred Two... put the hard drive on the rails and slide it into the case. It's a snug fit as you'd expect. First time I go to access it in Windows and, according to my ears, all hell breaks loose. The case manages to pick up even the smallest movement and amplify it to some ridiculous level.
This didn't occur with my previous case because that had a removable hard drive cage that did a pretty good job of killing the noise on its own. The Three Hundred Two has rail slots built into the chassis so there's no avoiding it.

Any way I can fix this? I'd even be willing to use up a 5" bay if there's an adapter that can shut the thing up.
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Old November 22, 2013, 03:16 PM
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I don't have an answer but I am also curious as to a solve I installed a harddrive and I can hear the hum of it even though it is a snug fit and I cannot feel any vibrations at all from the case . this is one of the reasons why I am thinking of a hybrid drive hoping that it would be quieter
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Old November 22, 2013, 03:24 PM
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Those green drives throttle quite a bit. something like this perhaps.

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This is a closed case right? If silence is more important to you than looks then use a 5 1/4 bay with 2 bungie cords for HDD mount(s). Problem solved.
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:21 PM
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Ahh.. $18 shipping for a $8 part. I searched Newegg and found some similar products but none of them said anything in regards to noise cancellation...
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This is a closed case right? If silence is more important to you than looks then use a 5 1/4 bay with 2 bungie cords for HDD mount(s). Problem solved.
Not a terrible idea... ... my only concern would be forgetting about that and moving the case/someone else randomly moves the case because Murphy said so.
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Old November 23, 2013, 09:18 AM
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Rubber washers from the hardware store usually do the trick for cheap.

Problem being, you have tool free rails and Antec uses a big ol' oval where the hard drives go.

This one here is specifically for your case. you'll have to check what shipping is.
Antec.com - Product: Three Hundred 5.25"-3.5" adptr

Are you using the bottom most bay in the hard drive cage? If you've saved that pink foam that most motherboards come with you can cut that to size and put it underneath.
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Not a terrible idea... ... my only concern would be forgetting about that and moving the case/someone else randomly moves the case because Murphy said so.
If you put screws into the bottom mount holes of the hdd, and ensure that the bungie is tightly wrapped and secured inside of those screws it should be damn near as secure as a physical mount.

Folks have been doing this for years. Pretty sure a google search will get you tons of images. ;)
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Ah.. the old hard drive hammock.

And one of the original articles about how to set it up.

Hard Drive Silencing: Sandwiches & Suspensions | silentpcreview.com
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Yeah, I took a closer look at drive suspensions and I think it'll be possible with my case so thanks for that tip! But the foam idea should work just as well and be much easier to implement - foam will be my temporary solution while I fiddle around with rubber bands and bungee string.
BTW, to anyone else with the problem who has a regular 5.25" drive bay, I found this little product that looks pretty cool. Canada Computers | Cases | Nexus DoubleTwin Hard Drive Vibration Absorber It's on a clearance sale and there are only a few left at select Canada Computers locations.
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