WD Red 8TB wd80efax new drives humming 24/7

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WD Red 8TB wd80efax new drives humming 24/7

Post by joolz1 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:52 pm


I've just bought a WD Red 8TB NAS (wd80efax) and installed it into my QNAP TS-251+.

I previously had a WD Green 1TB inside the QNAP and it was fairly silent.

The WD Red makes a constant vibrating/humming sound 24/7 - is this normal?


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Re: WD Red 8TB wd80efax new drives humming 24/7

Post by Trexx » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:49 pm

Sounds like either you are getting resonance from the case or maybe drive tray. IF it is a "tool-less" drive tray, you can quiet it down by using mounting screws on the drive. Also setting the NAS on a neoprene/rubber mat many times helps quiet them down.

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Re: WD Red 8TB wd80efax new drives humming 24/7

Post by Briain » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:38 pm


Yes, under the NAS I always use a small piece of wood (about same size as the NAS) then place that on a similarly sized piece of 20 mm thick foam material (or any other absorbent material; even a small hand towel folded to make a few layers pretty much does the trick) as without that, the mechanical energy - which is quite significant, and as I don't use disk hibernation, is also continuous - ends up being coupled directly into the shelf upon which the NAS sits (so very noisy in the room) and that then gets coupled into the wall upon which the shelf is attached (and even though my comms room wall is made from double engineering brick, without that foam isolation trick, you can hear the NAS 'hum' in the room on the other side of that wall). With that isolator below it, it's virtually silent in the comms room, itself (and of course, it's completely undetectable in the adjacent rooms).

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NB Of course, the NAS's centre of gravity is not in the middle (as the disks are offset to one side) so once the foam settles down, you end up with the NAS sitting squint (which looks pretty naff) so I use a piece of foam that is slightly smaller than the wood and offset the foam to one side to even out the compression distances (but that really tending a bit towards OCD)! Well, my excuse is that I don't want my row of Qnaps all sitting at odd angles or it would look more like a collection of teetering tombstones in a old cemetery. :lol:
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