NoiseControl Novibes III HDD Isolation
made it their business to make your computer dead, dead
In the old days hard drives used to be a big source
of vibration and mechanical noise. The spindle and the read/write heads would
often sound like they were grinding away like sandpaper on wood. Things have
changed remarkably in just the last few years, but some hard drives can still be
sources of annoying vibration and noise.
To counter this you can use various software
utilities which force the hard drive to sleep or otherwise spin down when not in
use. Some companies even offer little black boxes so you can lock the drive
Noisecontrols NoVibes III (via www.chillblast.com ) takes a different
approach and suspends the drive with large rubber belts to isolate it from the
frame which can sometimes resonate the sound a drive makes into something much
Unfortunately in 90% of the computers
we have worked it is the fans and power supplies, and even CDROM's which topped the
list of noise production. Older hard drives used to be a source of noise and
distraction, but most of the 40GB and over drives we have been using lately have
been pretty quiet.
any noise is too much, and any vibrations can be bad so we
decided to give the NoVibes III a shot. After looking over the instructions and following the pictures
our test Samsung Spinpoint 80GB drive was installed and raring to
go in a matter of seconds.
rubber bands seem to hold it very firmly, but it
would be adviseable to lock the HDD down if the computer was being shipped any
Samsung drive installed it was difficult to tell what, if any effect the NoVibes III was
having.The best I can say is that the armature movements
did not send little vibrations through the case.
As a standalone product I think it would be hard to
see large benefits with the NoVibes III, but as one part in a total acoustic
solution it would probably favor in well. As overall system noise levels were
lowered below normal thresholds, the individual components would begin to have
their presence felt.
Apart from reducing vibrations from the harddrive
to the rest of the case chassis, it is difficult to put a tangible grade on the
NoVibes III, but as part of a greater sound prevention system it could be a good
ally to have under the hood.