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11 Jan 2014   #1
sisrace

 
Very Very weird HDD vibrations in Define R4

Hi so today i finally got my computer built, everything is nice and cool running, its purely awesome right now, its also very quiet. well kinda, the fans are silent, my psu isnt hearable even if i put my ear next to it, i got 2 140MM fractal fans running at 7V (Cant hear them at all) and my cpu cooler with a 140mm noctua is even more silent, but i get a very very weird noise, its not constant either, it makes the fairly loud (atleast annoying) sound for a couple of secs then it slowly fades of and the computer becouse silent, the silence remains for about one sec and then the noise slowely fades in, this keeps happening again and again non stop, when i take of the side panel the noise gets less intense, then i apply pressure on my old harddrive on 500gb (well old and old, its about 3.5years or so..) in a very special way the annoying sound stops,
Why is this? can i do something about it? i will try putting 4 more rubber rings in the harddrive cage and screw the screw less tight and see what happends, but if you have any idea please let me know


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11 Jan 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I don't have a solution for the noise problem, but I'm curious as to how you got your Fractal fans running at 7V. How did you do it?
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11 Jan 2014   #3
tommycake50

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sisrace View Post
Hi so today i finally got my computer built, everything is nice and cool running, its purely awesome right now, its also very quiet. well kinda, the fans are silent, my psu isnt hearable even if i put my ear next to it, i got 2 140MM fractal fans running at 7V (Cant hear them at all) and my cpu cooler with a 140mm noctua is even more silent, but i get a very very weird noise, its not constant either, it makes the fairly loud (atleast annoying) sound for a couple of secs then it slowly fades of and the computer becouse silent, the silence remains for about one sec and then the noise slowely fades in, this keeps happening again and again non stop, when i take of the side panel the noise gets less intense, then i apply pressure on my old harddrive on 500gb (well old and old, its about 3.5years or so..) in a very special way the annoying sound stops,
Why is this? can i do something about it? i will try putting 4 more rubber rings in the harddrive cage and screw the screw less tight and see what happends, but if you have any idea please let me know
I'm no expert in hardware, but im 70 sure something is loose in your hard drive, I also reckon that your casing is amplifying the sound somewhat. I would put some sort of soundproofing between your hard drive and anything it may be rattling.

Either that or it's some hard drive specific problem that I don't know about.

Just a thought.
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12 Jan 2014   #4
sisrace

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
I don't have a solution for the noise problem, but I'm curious as to how you got your Fractal fans running at 7V. How did you do it?
The define r4 has a built in fan controller 5V 7V and 12V
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12 Jan 2014   #5
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

does your case have quick release hard drive bays? these can often rattle in their housing on some cases.
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12 Jan 2014   #6
sisrace

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
does your case have quick release hard drive bays? these can often rattle in their housing on some cases.
yes my harddriva cages are quick release, but they are solid metal and they are not ratteling in my experience But why isnt the sound staying, it just fades in and then fades out
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12 Jan 2014   #7
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

are you sure its not your dvd drive pooling? some spin up amd down even with no discs in them.

if it is your hdd fit some rubber orings between the drive and the bay, this will absorb any vibration.
it could be a characteristic of the drive if it came with bundled monitoring software ect.
I would listen to mine to see if it does similar but everythings drowned out by my epic number of fans and gpu that likes to mimic a vaccuum cleaner, got to love amd cards lol
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12 Jan 2014   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Take the HDD out as a test and see if the sound remains. you can put it next to your ear as well. A HDD should have a steady hum with a little read/write head sound.
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12 Jan 2014   #9
sisrace

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Take the HDD out as a test and see if the sound remains. you can put it next to your ear as well. A HDD should have a steady hum with a little read/write head sound.
Yes i took my second drive out, the sound stopped, i put both of my drives in the removable harddrive cage with a piece of rolled up paper between the drives, i also put the 140MM fan next to the drives s they are nice and cool, now i bearly hear the computer, though i think i know why my old drive is making this weird noise, its automaticly spinning down when its not used and its maybe not working the way it should so it spins up, then spins down, after ideling for about an hour the drive shuts down and when transfering data from it then it starts at 12MB/s and climbes up rapidly and the noise also climbes rapidly, I still have the weird noise left though but its bearly hearable, i hear the computer then the "sound" fades of and i no longer hear the computer at al
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12 Jan 2014   #10
sisrace

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
are you sure its not your dvd drive pooling? some spin up amd down even with no discs in them.

if it is your hdd fit some rubber orings between the drive and the bay, this will absorb any vibration.
it could be a characteristic of the drive if it came with bundled monitoring software ect.
I would listen to mine to see if it does similar but everythings drowned out by my epic number of fans and gpu that likes to mimic a vaccuum cleaner, got to love amd cards lol
no the dvd spins up then shuts down when i start the computer then it remains off until i put a cd in, also the dvd reader makes a different sound
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