Scythe Quiet Drive HDD Cooler and Silencer Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by jmke @ 2006-12-13

The original Scythe Silent Box has been discontinued, in its place this superior, lower cost Quiet Drive will take over the task of keeping your hard drives quiet and cool. Can this compact box reduce high pitched noises or will it melt your HD platters? Find out in this review.

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Installation detailed

Install in more detail

The hard drive is place between two aluminum U formed brackets; at each side you place a thermal pad to help transfer the heat:

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Then you place it inside the Quiet Drive cushioned interior:

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And screw tight the top of the Quiet Drive

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In the box there is a 4-pin power extension cable and a SATA data/power connector, you’ll need to use your own PATA cable if you’re using an older drive.

The PATA drive used in the photos above is an older 40Gb Maxtor which makes quite a bit of noise even when running idle. I also tried a newer Seagate 250Gb Barracuda 7200.8 SATA drive which is quite silent in comparison.

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Below you see the SATA data/power extension cable

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Ready to be squeezed inside the Quiet Drive

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Did the Quiet Drive work? Find out on the next page ->
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Comment from sgtspiff @ 2006/12/14
Good review.

As you've been into to the inner pieces of the quiet drive recently I have a question.

The inner aluminium "box" is there any space for "soft mounting" the hdd in it?
With some rubber rings around the screws or something?
Or will this just prevent the 'system' to work its way?

If it would work it would be a soft mounted hdd in a soft mouted scythe. Double vibration dampening.
Comment from jmke @ 2006/12/14
there is already double vibration the rubber inside #1, the mounting to the case #2

there is no room left around the drive for any extra soft mounting, wouldn't make a difference either for the sound, and would make the drive run hotter due to less contact with the metal shell