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Smart Drive Neo QQ SATA HDD Silencer
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Grow Up Japan Smart Drive Neo QQ SATA HDD Silencer

- Replaces the GUP Japan Smart Drive Classic Cooper HDD Silencer- Replaced by the GUP Japan Smart Drive Neo SATA HDD Silencer

Flagship SATA HDD cooler/silencer with independent internal drive acoustic suspension cradle

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 Neo QQ is the newest member of the Smart Drive family, and offers the very highest level of silencing and heat dissipation for your valuable hard drive. It is presented as 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. The Smart Drive's product designers have stopped at nothing in implementing design features to reduce noise and increase cooling in every way possible.

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 materials and sheer mass - the product weighs 1.2 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, Smart Drive 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!

The Smart Drive Neo QQ has been shown to quieten a hard drive by over 15dB and reduce its running temperature by 6C
The Smart Drive Neo QQ has been shown to quieten a hard drive by over 15dB and reduce its running temperature by 6°C


  1. Our best-performing hard drive silencer/cooler, no question
  2. Almost total elimination of noise from spindle and head servo
  3. Independent internal drive acoustic suspension cradle
  4. Compatible with all SATA 3.5" drives (even 15,000 rpm)
  5. Simple installation/removal mechanism for 5.25" bay mounting
  6. Future-proof: reusable for many years to come

SpecificationsSmart Drive Neo QQ
MaterialAluminium and steel (1.6mm)
ManufacturerGrow Up Japan Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Hard Disk Type3.5" SATA
Case BayStandard 5.25" Bay
Warranty24 months

Customer Reviews

Superb head movement silencer, but poor low rumble isolation


I bought a couple of these for my large Cosmos1000 case back in 2009 thinking they'd be the ultimate in silencing my 2 Samsung F1 1TB SATA drives.

Whilst they do an excellent job of silencing any seek noises, unfortunately the low rumble generated by the 7200RPM spin resonates through my entire case. It's been a bit of a nightmare trying to dampen it down. I tried tightening the screws up having them very lose, didn't help. I do think NEO could drastically improve the vibration transmissions by focusing on the sides. Have some kind of rubber and/or silicon seal that isolate the outer side screws from the side edges of the drive.

Others have commented on complete silence, so it could just be a bad combo of this and the Cosmos1000 case in particular. If you have a small case then you'll probably be ok. If its a huge case then be wary.


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