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Old 02-19-2013, 11:00 AM   #16
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Anyone who believes that even minor vibration is not an issue for disk drives should watch this video.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:36 PM   #17
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That's impressive, but I wonder whether it was just the scream or he just lightly/maybe even accidentally "bumped", just by touching, the hdds with the hands has he made them into a "horn" to shout at them.

They should do that on mythbusters and have a tenor on the datacenter to do the yelling.
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The military mount their electronics on shock absorbing cabinets. The mounts on the cabinets are made in various ways. Some use springs with rubber inserts, some use looped wire cable.
The point is dampening. Like I said, to keep vibration under control, the best thing is that heavy rubberized weather-stripping with the peel off adhesive back. Been using that stuff on most every vibration problem for years.

Most cabinets do not come with proper instructions. Some expect you to buy the special drive mounting rails that screw to the drive and then slide into the bay. I make my own from metal sheet with a little springiness to them.

Better towers and desktops since 2000 have had a removable bay. The main problem being figuring out how to release it. Even on the Compaq little desktop had a hard drive bay that rotated (which I discovered only after trying for hours to get the drive in there the hard way).
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:41 PM   #19
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Two screws instead of four causing excessive vibration? What about the one's that use ANY screws whatsoever? Then, they should be vibrating like hell.

I agree with onebuck, everyone is making a lot out of nothing.

My Jurassic-era Dell machine (over 12yrs old now, will be a teenager soon) had the original 80GB HD just slid in between two green plastic brackets with clips at the rear to hold the drive from sliding out. Oh yeah, and it's still working. It's been through hell (XP2000 :-)), Linux and now it's back to hell and still working.

Two screws, don't worry, it'll still work. It's the quality of the drive that will cause it to fail prematurely rather that the two or four screws.


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