Lubricating Fans (Was Re: [clug] Re: Config & software for BigPong Adsl (Sam Couter))

Alex Satrapa grail at
Tue Nov 25 02:36:28 EST 2003

On 24 Nov 2003, at 16:23, Rodney Peters wrote:

> I've seen a case that mounts the HDD via rubber grommets, as isolating 
> bushes,
> to slide-in drive trays.  The threaded holes underneath the HDD are 
> used.
> Not easy to adapt to other cases unless you already have slide-in 
> trays.

The HDD noise I'm trying to get rid of is really high-pitched and 
somewhat modulated.  The kind of noise that - like a mosquito - is 
annoying regardless of how much you've damped the vibration. I've tried 
printer housings, pillows, blankets, egg cartons, and all of those in 
various combinations and all together. I can still hear the buzz of the 
hard drive.

In terms of sheer volume, this HDD is somewhere between my iMac and my 
microwave, but in terms of sheer insanity-inducing annoyingness, I 
think a mosquito comes a very distant second. So damping's out. I say 
the only way to be sure is to take off and nuke the site... sorry, the 
only way to be sure is to simply stop using this drive.

The fan noise, OTOH, is that slightly niggling 
vibrating-on-a-slightly-dry-bearing noise, which I'm sure will be 
overcome with some lubricant.

So tomorrow, I go to the gardening section of the local, to find me 
some secateur oil :)  Which reminds me, my hair clippers will probably 
need some too, since the last tube of clipper oil is now permeating the 
canvas carry bag it used to reside in...

"The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to 
choose from"
     -- Andrew Tanenbaum

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