# Material for Acoustically Insulating Hard Drives?

1. Apr 7, 2006

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I have a desktop with two hard drives in it. I'd like to use it for audio recording, so it must be exceptionally quiet. At the present time the loudest components in my computer are the already quiet hard drives.

In order to contain this sound I plan to surround my hard drives, with some around absorbing material, on as many sides as possible. Perhaps I will even encase the hard drives in a home brewed muffler. To prevent overheating I will also have to include a path for either air flow across the drives or heat conduction.

5. Apr 7, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Another possibility is build yourself a convection-based fanless computer and turn off the hard drives when recording. That requires a significant amount of ram, though.

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6. Apr 7, 2006

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7. Apr 7, 2006

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At the present time the sound of my fans is drowned out entirely by the sound of my hard drives. I can stop my front intake, rear exhaust and CPU fans while recording for 15-60 mins with out overheating. I don't know how to control my PSU fan though. Fanless PSUs are an option if this becomes a problem.

I'm not sure if I can or want to stop my hard drives. Is there a software tool or configuration option that will do this in Windows?

8. Apr 7, 2006

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Could work, but it might be a little inconvenient. Also my mixer output is a 3ft unbalanced line, so that might have to be increased.