need to make my file server quiet

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  1. ae00711

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    moved house, file server now lives in my room, plus Tassie winter is cold, so the fans don't need to spin as fast.

    problem: there are a buttload of fans in this machine and I only have one 5.25 bay. All up there are... 16 fans I think.. at least 14. If I could run them all at 7V, I'd be chuffed.. any ideas how go about this the smart way? :/
     
  2. RyoSaeba

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    Buy blank PCB, solder on a bunch of fan headers and connect them all to a single Zalman Fan Mate?
     
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    that would certainly overload it, I'd say
     
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    What does this server do, that requires 16 fans.
    Couldn’t you rationalise a bit
     
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    Overload the fanmate or the port? If you're worried about overloading the port, switch it to a molex. Fanmate should be fine.
     
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    take covers off... unplug fans...
     
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    unplug all the fans
     
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    See if there are options in the BIOS for fan speeds.
     
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    Molex 7V hack + Y splitter cables.
     
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    Disconnect all the intake fans and leave one or two exhaust running, preferably connected to the motherboard and speed managed in the bios.
     
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    Remove the amount of fans
    Get a fan controller and run them at 7v

    I have a manual 4 channel fan controller:
    1 channel - 1x 140mm
    2 channel - 1x 140mm
    3 channel - 4x 120mm
    4 channel - 6x 120mm

    Zero issues with the 4 and 6 just running off splitter cables
     
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    Think you'll find even just the disks spinning is still noisy. My file server is dead silent if all the disks are spun down, even with the fans spinning on low speed, but as soon as one or more disks spin up, definitely audible and makes it annoying to sleep.

    Server has lived in a different room for a while now for that reason.
     
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    You really need to say what server it is, you can't just go unplugging/slowing fans without consequences, many servers won't even run with unplugged fans.
     
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    we need more details about this machine.

    i don't understand how a basic home fileserver is this much effort.
     
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    really? mm.. I have one of those lying around... interesting..
     
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    Well worst case scenario you lose a fanmate.
     
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    One you quiet some louder things down there will be other noises that will take its place e.g hard drives spinning.
    If you cant just move it to another room maybe try building a sound deadened enclosure to hold it instead.
    Fabricate a wooden box, rubber isolation mats, noise baffling and a silent solution to duct air in and out of the enclosure.

    My server is in the lounge. Drives spin down when the arrays is not in use. It sits isolated on rubber feet and all the panels have sound deadening applied to alleviate them vibrating. Most of the noise is from the HDD's spinning.

    I think it's quiet but must have gotten used to it because the silence was golden when I last turned it off for its annual dust cleaning.
     
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    I think you need to tell us what the case make and model is or at least post pictures.
     
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    Replace small fast fans with larger slower ones
     
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    Take out 12 fans
     

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