Solved

Server noise; HD's off Q...

Posted on 2004-10-02
2
162 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
This Q is not more for points but rather a general discussion; I thought of making it 1 point :-)

I have a 24/7 Server (7HDs in my room) and as you can imagine the noise generated...

So I'm thinking if it's OK to have the HDs turn off after x hours...

Questions:
1) In the setting above (see screenshoot) when will HDs start spinning? Once the system is accessed - same way that the monitor would turn on if the mouse is moved? If so then it's pointless, because I VNC into it many times a day...
But I think they stay off until they are accessed. If not is there such a mod/program?

Once I'll have them off I can remove the HD cooling fans attached to them - which are main contributers to the noise...

2) What else do you think I can/should do?

In my case I [I]want to[/I] turn them off to eliminate the noise;
But in general I think it's better to have the HD on all the time VS having them spin & heat up/down all the times...
3) Do you agree?

[I]Any links, extra info, tips, tricks and suggestions are much appreciated...
Thank you...[/I]
0
Comment
Question by:InGearX
2 Comments
 
LVL 69

Assisted Solution

by:Callandor
Callandor earned 25 total points
ID: 12210174
Where's the screenshot?

If the fans are making all the noise, just replace them with larger, slower spinning ones - they will move a lot of air and work just as well, and will be quieter.
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
BobSassafrass earned 64 total points
ID: 12246388
of course you can set them to only turn on when accessed. if you go into your power properties int eh control panel you can set settings such as turn monitor off after x hours, go into standby after x hours, and turnoff hard disk after x hours. unless you are vnc'ing from across your room i dont see how them spinning while being accessed is going to hurt you. i would try spacing the hard drives out a lil further if they are on top of each other and like callandor said maybe getting larger slower fans. if those hard drives are only being accessed for a small period of time you might even wanna get rid of the fans altogether since the hard drives usually wont create enough heat to cause damage in a short period of time. you might also consider heatpip fanless cooling, water cooling or consolidating to fewer larger drives. hope i could help.
0

Featured Post

How to run any project with ease

Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
- Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
- View and edit from mobile/offline
- Cut down on emails

Join & Write a Comment

No matter the version of Windows you are using, you may have some problems with Windows Search running too slow or possibly not running at all. Before jumping into how you can solve this issue, just know there are many other viable alternative deskt…
Skype is a P2P (Peer to Peer) instant messaging and VOIP (Voice over IP) service – as well as a whole lot more.
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
This video demonstrates how to create an example email signature rule for a department in a company using CodeTwo Exchange Rules. The signature will be inserted beneath users' latest emails in conversations and will be displayed in users' Sent Items…

746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

14 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now