Computers & Mobile

Here’s a crafty solution to noisy hard disks: suspend it with elastic! Jason @ HACKS tipped us off to this silencing technique. From Silent PC Review:

As the pictures show, the drive is essentially suspended on the stretched elastic. The resilience of the elastic stops all vibrations from passing from the drive to the case — or vice versa, for that matter. The drive cage was rigged it up with two Barracuda drives (20G & 40G) and installed with a couple of machine screws at the bottom of my main PC with a decoupled low power 80mm fan in front of it (at the front panel intake hole).

Jason adds:

Keep in mind that you’ll loose some of the conductive cooling that you get when the drive is mounted to the case, so it’d be smart to do this in cases where there is decent airflow or find a way to attach some sort of heatsink to the bungeed drive.


Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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