I recently upgraded my lowly socket 939 workstation to a mini-itx motherboard with a socket AM2 dual core CPU and integrated GPU. I’ve always tried to minimize noise in my workstations since I have a great pair of Grado SR60 headphones and extraneous noise bothers me.
Now that the noisy GPU cooling fan is gone (yay!) I’ve begun to notice the noise that my dual SATA hard drives generate. I got sufficiently motivated last night to figure out a way to silence them. What I came up with was a “hard drive suspension mechanism” of sorts that cost, oh, probably about $0.13. Best of all, the drives generate ZERO noise from vibration now.
Click here to see some pics. My wife’s laptop is now actually louder than my dual core workstation :-)