[Solved] HDD Slot Noise Isolation

Discussion in 'A10 Enthusiast 4K HDR Blu-ray HDD Media Player.' started by THXTEX, Apr 19, 2018.


    THXTEX Member


    I'm running an 8TB Ironwolf drive for my 4K, 1080P and high bitrate .MKV files.

    However, when running the drive makes a lot of access noise. It's fine when outside the enclosure of the A10 but it seems like the hollow box is amplifying the noise.

    Has anyone used anything to dampen down the vibration, isolating either the drive or the enclosure?

    Is this possible, even?

  2. CDan

    CDan New Member

    What is the A10 case sitting on? Have you tried some pads under the feet?
  3. Fred_A3

    Fred_A3 Member

    unfortunately no, I tried a lot ...

    a mismanagement, sry....is a cheap one...:(

    THXTEX Member

    Yeah, it's sitting on pads. It's even worse off them!

    Definitely the box that's amplifying the drive noise.

    I'll take it apart and have a look at the mechanics. I might be able to sort out some isolation between the drive slot and the chassis or between the drive and the drive slot.

    Failing that I can take the drive out and put it in an enclosure and use the additional SATA interface.

    If that happens I'll stick an SSD into the slot for 4K material.

    Thanks for the help though.

    THXTEX Member

    Hopefully I'll be able to figure something out. :)
  6. Fred_A3

    Fred_A3 Member

    This is not a good idea, because the external SATA Connector working only about 30 Mbps... (same speed as USB) :confused:
  7. futeko.com

    futeko.com Administrator

    The USB ports (even the 2.0 ports) on all Egreat products are much faster than 30 Mbps. Did you mean 30 MB/s or 300mbps?
  8. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    Spam cleaning system remove topic of Fred_A3 dedicate to slow speed on extSATA, this is what his mean.
    To internal SATA

    To external SATA

    To USB 2.0 port

    Egreat A10 use JM20329 Hi-Speed USB to SATA Bridge for back side SATA connector according article from hd.club.tw.
    So speed on external SATA are limited as SATA Bridge use to convert port USB 2.0 to extSATA is.

    Also discussed here on very began of A10 product.
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  9. E_CS

    E_CS Well-Known Member

    Wrong model chosen to use on media player more then 37db noise.

    Between a modern washing machine are quiet compare with this HDD model.

    LE: May a new firmware for HDD can help you, I didn't rely read all answer there do carefully things if you go on direction to update HDD firmware.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
  10. THXTEX

    THXTEX Member

    Thanks for all the input. Plenty to consider. :D
  11. THXTEX

    THXTEX Member

    Easy fix. Removed the top, unscrewed the dock screws to the chassis. Lifted the drive by a millimeter (there's not much clearance!) and the drive noise has dropped a load.

    Finally get to watch 4K without the accompanying marching band!

    Four rubber feet isolators from an old Technics SL-1200 turntable reduce the noise even more.

    Might as well close this one off as solved! Thanks again to all that commented.
    Richard Xu likes this.
  12. Nice Monkey

    Nice Monkey Active Member

    It is not fixed but bypassed on yours with a modification. We call this case modding.
    The dock should have been placed on very simple rubber silencers (rubber fitting into the dock and a screw goes through it to fix that rubber to the chassis.
    I have some media boxes designed as such.

    Using External SATA myself mostly for both my A10 and A11 (quicker to change, less noise, less heat)

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