Product information: Smart Drive 2002C Hard Drive SilencerThe issue of noise from hard drives has remained a long-established barrier to the dream of owning a silent PC. The whir and whine from a drive’s constantly-spinning platters and clicking from its head-seek can soon become annoying to anyone who values a quiet life whilst they use their PC. And pity the user whose PC has more than one drive! As you would expect, we have offered several solutions to this problem over the years, but we have yet to come across a product as effective as the Smart Drive from an unusually-named Tokyo-based company called “Grow Up Japan”. The Smart Drive is a tidy-looking acoustically-sealed enclosure for any 3.5” hard drive which can then be mounted in a standard 5.25” bay. However, what makes the product stand out is its attention to detail as far as design is concerned. Its enclosure and mounting designs are pure genius, and it uses copper plates (which are twice as conductive as aluminium) to extract heat. In fact it is so efficient at extracting heat that some hard drives can actually run cooler in a Smart Drive than if they were running without one! Other HDD silencing products tackle the issue of heat extraction in a variety of ways, including the use of heatpipes, vented openings and fan-assisted cooling. However, the Smart Drive uses none of these compromises and delivers both brilliant silence and excellent cooling. Even toasty-running 10,000 and 15,000 rpm hard drives such as WD’s Raptor series can be safely silenced! In fact, using the product with these incredibly loud drives gives a very dramatic benefit, so at last you can have both performance and quietness.
Hard Disk Type: 3.5” Parallel, Serial ATA & SCSI
Case Bay: Standard 5.25” Bay