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I am curious about shock-mounting my entire case or at least the HDD. Has anyone done this? Does anyone have a good source for mounting hardware that is suitable to isolate an ITX case?
I don't really like the idea of my HDD taking a dump and my USB cables rattling out of their plugs because I decided to take a dirt road once (not that I'd do that in my car anyway!)
I was looking at the small elastomer mounts from Aeroflex located here but they are rated at 5lbs each. Mounting four of these under a case would certainly work, but I'm afraid the mounts will not give enough to isolate the vibration properly. Any suggestions?
I use plain old rubber grommits to shock mount my harddrive:
Old Systems retired due to new car
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I use longer than std 2.5" HDD screws, and between the case and the drive have four small squares of neoprene (ie wetsuit material). The screws pass through the four small square of neoprene, and offer a little protection.
Given the shock rating of a laptop drive, it's probably a waste of time, but it also promotes airflow around the drive.
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I use velcro..thats it
Mine needs to be updated.
Velcro could be a bad idea. Skraggy's computer died when some velcro broke loose and caused a short as parts flew around.
If you're worried about cables working their way loose, securely mount the case to car body and use cable ties. I doubt you'll need to worry about the hdd. They are rated for a pretty high G factor. Plus, if it does die, you can buy a bigger one.
I am really beating myself up over this one: My brother just took a broken (massively huge) 6 disc changer out of his 1990 range rover. The unit had snapped a few plastic gears inside and was beyond repair. I had to take it apart to get the magazine out of it and the whole thing was in this great shock suspension. It would have held a shuttle case perfectly!
The other thing I'm definately going to need to shock mount is my slimline slot-load dvd drive. I am planning on integrating the bezel with the dash, and my plan is to cut the tabs that hold the bezel to the drive so that the drive can move independently from the dash. I have a ton of old, bad desktop cdrom drives and they have some good shock mounting gizmos in them, so I'll probably rob some of those parts for mounting the drive itself...
Other than some small rubber bumpers that actually hold the HD in place, no shock mounts.
Those rubber bumpers are about the thickness of car innertube...bigger than bicycle innertube.