tip re noisy hard drive

  pookie 13:16 30 Aug 2005


had new h/drive installed some months ago which has got noisy over time when in use. thought head was going already. opened case and 2 screws holding h/drive in place had come loose and the noise was the h/drive vibrating. tightened screws and all ok.

just shows things aren't always as bad as first presumed.

also, was amazed how much dust was on fans.


  Chegs ® 13:45 30 Aug 2005

Just been experiencing odd lockups,took PC apart to find the GC fan was choked solid with dust.A quick cleanout has cured the random crashing.Daughters PC also got a good cleanout,the irritating noise from it was its northbridge fan(tiny little thing)Its bearings had worn,so the fanblades were striking the gauze cover.

  Diemmess 14:09 30 Aug 2005

Loose fastenings do cause quite loud noises. Maunfacturers don't seem to worry much or they would pad all points of contact with the case or case frame. (Look at the money spent on the upmarket car to make it seem quiet).

However houseproud, I'll bet the fans are caked in fine dust and particularly the vanes on the heat sink (under the fan) in any PC a year old and regularly used.

The fan amnufacturers go to some lengths to produce an efficient fan shape and this is all lost once an accumulation of dust changes the profile of its blades. Heat sinks wont work effectively once the free movement of air is blocked by a layer of ashy dust.

  Diemmess 14:11 30 Aug 2005

I seem to make a mess of "manufacturers." Will stick to 'makers' in future ;>)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:46 30 Aug 2005

Hairdryer on cold, held well away from components is a good way to rid the PC of dust.

  Aspman 16:51 30 Aug 2005

Make sure the machine is grounded before you start blowing or sucking out dust. You can generate a bit of static doing it.

Another tip(gadget?) for noise reduction are silicon gaskets for your fans. They reduce the vibration between the fan and the case.

  woodchip 16:59 30 Aug 2005

When tightened screws on Drives you have to not over tighten or fit too long screws. Need I say more.

  pookie 08:56 31 Aug 2005

cheers guys


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