My 8642 is way too noisy for my taste. I have it in my bedroom and the HDD noise is driving me crazy - not so much when I'm watching TV though. The hard drive currently installed in the unit is a Western Digital Caviar SE 3.5" 160GB
drive (WD1600AAJS). I'm trying to think of a way to make this thing quieter and this is all that I came up with:
1) One way to fix this is to turn off the 8642 overnight, but its more of a hack than a fix.
2) Another way to fix this would be to find a hard drive enclosure that could dampen the hard drive noise - one that would have a SATA connector rather than an eSATA one (possibly use an eSATA to SATA adapter cable). Connecting to the external eSATA port without the internal SATA drive connected results in ER50
error. Smart Drive NEO
enclosure seems just about perfect for something like this since it was designed specifically to reduce hard drive noise.
3) Find an SSD that would work with the 8642. Attempted to use OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 120GB
SSD as the internal drive - this results in ER53
4) Find a really quiet hard drive. Perhaps a WD Blue drive - no idea if this will help much though.
Any ideas anyone? Perfect solution for me would be to use an SSD internally and a large external SATA drive in a noise-dampening enclosure, but its kind of pricy to buy SSD drives to see if they work with 8642, so I'm stuck there until someone finds one that works - I found one that doesn't
Perhaps I could combine option #2 with option #4 to get a really quiet system?
I could even get something like the Smart Drive PROOF 25+ 2.5" HDD Silencer
with a 2.5" HDD that works. 2.5" drive should be quieter anyways and the silencer fits into a 3.5" mounting slot.
Thanks in advance!