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Smart Drive Classic Cooper HDD Silencer
Discontinued
(3 reviews)

Grow Up Japan Smart Drive Classic Cooper HDD Silencer

- Replaced by the GUP Japan Smart Drive Neo QQ SATA HDD Silencer

The issue of noise from hard drives has remained a long-established barrier to the dream of owning a silent PC. The whir and whine from a drive's constantly-spinning platters and clicking from its head-seek can soon become annoying to anyone who values a quiet life whilst they use their PC. And pity the user whose PC has more than one drive! As you would expect, we have offered several solutions to this problem over the years, but we have yet to come across a product as effective as the Smart Drive from an unusually-named Tokyo-based company called "Grow Up Japan".

The Smart Drive is a tidy-looking acoustically-sealed enclosure for any 3.5 inch hard drive which can then be mounted in a standard 5.25" (DVD drive-sized) bay. However, what makes the product stand out is its attention to detail as far as design is concerned. Its enclosure and mounting designs are pure genius, and it uses copper plates (which are twice as conductive as aluminium) to extract heat. In fact it is so efficient at extracting heat that some hard drives can actually run cooler in a Smart Drive than if they were running without one!

Other HDD silencing products tackle the issue of heat extraction in a variety of ways, including the use of heatpipes, vented openings and fan-assisted cooling. However, the Smart Drive uses none of these compromises and delivers both brilliant silence and excellent cooling. Even toasty-running 10,000 and 15,000 rpm hard drives such as WD's Raptor series can be safely silenced! In fact, using the product with these incredibly loud drives gives a very dramatic benefit, so at last you can have both performance and quietness.

One other problem with some cheaper HDD enclosures is that they do nothing to dampen the low-frequency vibrational noise from the hard drive. This typically manifests itself as a hum or rumbling noise, and can be amplified by the PC chassis. However, the Smart Drive addresses this issue very effectively through its use of soft heat-conductive rubber and sheer mass the product weighs 1.1 kilograms! And one other benefit of using a hard drive enclosure is that the product brings benefits in terms of sealing the drive from harmful effects of dust.

The Smart Drive has undergone several minor design refinements over its lifetime and has now reached the pinnacle of a brilliantly engineered and executed solution. Despite its high price, sales in Japan and the USA have now reached nearly 100,000 units and we are proud to bring this product to the UK for the benefit of customers who demand the best. And because it is built like a tank, we are sure you will enjoy the benefit of the product for many years to come as you transfer it from PC to PC when you upgrade. Definitely a Smart Choice!

This full copper special edition Smart Drive is called the Cooper. Yes, we thought it was a spelling mistake too but apparently not, or at least not any more. When Grow Up Japan first announced this limited edition, they mis-spelt the product name on the English version of the press release. They called it "Cooper" instead of "Copper".

Many journalists and websites picked up on this typo and found it humorous, but by then it was too late to do anything about it. So Grow Up Japan decide to "go with the flow", and formally renamed the product Classic Cooper, in memory of the famous Mini Cooper which was itself a souped-up "ultimate" version of the original classic Mini car. The Mini is extremely popular in Japan. Spookily enough, the Smart Drive Cooper weighs a whopping 1964 grammes, and 1964 was the year that the Mini Cooper first won the famous Monte Carlo rally! But we think this is probably just a co-incidence...


SpecificationsSmart Drive Cooper
MaterialPure copper
Weight1964g
Dimensions176 x 145 x 38 (L x W x H)
ManufacturerGrow Up Japan Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Hard Disk Type3.5" Parallel & Serial ATA, SCSI
Case BayStandard 5.25" Bay
EAN barcode4536604005944

Customer Reviews

Grow Up Japan Smart Drive Classic Cooper HDD Silencer

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I bought my computer about two years ago and it was very expensive. The extremely noisy hard drive just about drove me mad and put me off using it. The noise was constant and at a very high level. I then saw an advertisement for the Grow Up Japan Smart Drive Classic Cooper HDD Silencer and I ordered one from you (Quiet PC) as a last resort.

I was doubtful as it is expensive but I had reached the end of my tether. I cannot praise it highly enough. The difference is enormous. It arrived yesterday and I fitted it last night. It was very easy to fit and, when I booted up the computer afterwards, I couldn't believe how quiet it was. It exceeded my expectations and I am absolutely delighted and would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone who is experiencing the same problem.

top HD enclosure

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Really heavy and well designed. I have put a Seagate 1.5Tb inside and at 1.5 meter there is no perceptible noise, all inside a Zalman TNN 500 case. Heat transmission is really effective and it really acts also a heat sink, not as a HD burner! Expensive but efficient and a must if you sleep with your computer or for PC music machines. -1 star or the (justified) price and the missing of mounting holes/screws below the enclosure matching with standard HD design to expand mounting options.

Brilliant

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I've had one of these for a while now and even a noisy WD Raptor is muted to a barely a whisper and yet without getting too hot which I found a major problem with other such products. May not be the cheapest but definitely the best. 9/10 due to the high cost but very well made and keeps your drive completely dust free.

 

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