Re: I hate the 40mm Cooling Solution > here is my Fix ;)
Also can make your own case (frame)
A few tips to keep the noise down: use a big fan BUT not power it with 12v instead use 5v (sata power cable) less RPM's so less noise...
The HDD.. use a 5400rpm drive the best option is a notebook drive
most 2.5" drives (not all) are very quit..
Another HDD tip... Just use a smaller (cheaper) drive in your player.. (320/500GB) this
should be plenty for the media you want to use..
Then use a 1 or 2TB (Sata-> USB) for archiving the stuff you want to keep..
A HDD can run many hours (years) but there is always the risk of breaking down and
losing data..(in my case almost 2TB)
Do you got stuff you really not want to loose (picture) make several backups
and keep also a backup somewhere else (friends/office/parents) No point having several
backups if your house burn down...USB sticks are perfect they have no moving parts and can have some abuse....