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    Death by bass?

    I have a pretty substantial system in my truck, and got to thinking today how well my car PC is going to hold up through all that pounding.

    Any ideas or prior experience with this kinda sittuation?

    im looking at roughly 120 130 DB

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    as long as your computer is securly bolted down, it should be ok. just don't let any computer components rattle too much .

    a little OT, but what equipment are you running to get 120-130db?

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    As long as everything is bolted down, the hard drive is the only problem. That will tear a hard drive apart. You should look int a solid state disk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulF View Post
    As long as everything is bolted down, the hard drive is the only problem. That will tear a hard drive apart. You should look int a solid state disk.

    i really think the whole SSD argument is getting blown out of proportion for a lot of people. do a search for the couple of threads/arguments on hdd placement/orientation(horizontal/verticle). there was member that has put laptop drives in small military boats--a very harsh environment--said that the marines that ride in the boats have been known to shrink from the force of the boat going over waves, claimed that the drives are doing fine.

    unless the OP were to mount the hdd directly over a sub and mount it loosely, the spl shouldn't affect it very much, assuming that it is mounted to a firm surface.

    EDIT: i would be very interested in any data anyone has to disprove any points i have made, so far, i have not seen/read anything to justify that a ssd drive is better in a vibration prone install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i really think the whole SSD argument is getting blown out of proportion for a lot of people. do a search for the couple of threads/arguments on hdd placement/orientation(horizontal/verticle). there was member that has put laptop drives in small military boats--a very harsh environment--said that the marines that ride in the boats have been known to shrink from the force of the boat going over waves, claimed that the drives are doing fine.

    unless the OP were to mount the hdd directly over a sub and mount it loosely, the spl shouldn't affect it very much, assuming that it is mounted to a firm surface.

    EDIT: i would be very interested in any data anyone has to disprove any points i have made, so far, i have not seen/read anything to justify that a ssd drive is better in a vibration prone install.
    Hard drives can handle bumps, they can't handle constant vibration though. I don't care if you mount the thing to a block of cement, the thing is going to vibrate in that car if his sub is putting out 130 db. Look at the threads on this forum showing people who mount their hard drives in the same trunk as a serious subwoofer. Sure there are hard drives that are rugged enough to handle it, but they cost as much as an SSD anyway. An SSD has no moving parts that can get messed up therefore a subwoofer can't kill one unless it makes the solder come apart.
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    IF you are worried about vibration, THEN use either an automotive grade HDD (you can find them on the mp3car store) or an SSD.

    On the other hand, if you already have a drive, by all means, try it out and see. I second the notion that you ought not put it close to your subs, but as long as you aren't mounting it to a surface that will vibrate due to the sub, the HDD enclosure will protect the platter by reflecting much of the sound. I'd go with bolting it securely to something firm or just keeping it out of the line of fire.

    Nobody on this board has quantitative data on HDD vibration but I can't recall a case where it has been a problem in a car with a regular sound system. Most of the time I've seen people fault the hard disk, it turns out to be a connector or power problem.
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    Well sounds good Ill post up my results after i have the subs pounding for a while and see what that dose to the HD

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    Working on my truck (well mostly just ordering stuff for it now) and I'm going to try out Seagate's EE series hard drive. I also have some mounting options in my mind that should help out with the vibration. My truck will have 3 12" Fi Qs (dual 1ohm) with a 1200 watt RMS AudioQue amp for each one. I'll post in a few months when I get it all completed whether my drive lasted or not

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