How to Change the Fan & Improve Ur Lacie Quadra 4big/5big

You have one of these beautiful 12 or 16 Terabyte external hard drives, but they are making so much noise. Here is how to fix that!

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How to Change the Fan & Improve Ur Lacie Quadra 4big/5big
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So you have one of those cool Quadra 4big or 5big with 12 or more Terabytes of storage ...

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... but it is making some serious noise! Here is how to fix that:

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After removing the hard drives on the back: Take off the rubber feet at the front bottom of the casing. You'll find two screws.

After removing the hard drives on the back: Take off the rubber feet at the front bottom of the casing. You'll find two screws.

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Take them out.

Take them out.

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The case will slide open.

The case will slide open.

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Unscrew the main board frame on both sides (2x 3 very tiny screws)

Unscrew the main board frame on both sides (2x 3 very tiny screws)

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Slide out the main board

Slide out the main board

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Detach the fan cable (it is the right one)

Detach the fan cable (it is the right one)

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Find the screw that holds the fan and take it out

Find the screw that holds the fan and take it out

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Detach the fan - slide it back & lift it

Detach the fan - slide it back & lift it

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Take out the old fan.

Take out the old fan.

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As a new fan I installed the really quiet Noctua NF-S12B

As a new fan I installed the really quiet Noctua NF-S12B

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Put it back where the old fan was.

Put it back where the old fan was.

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Attach the cable.

Attach the cable.

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Now put everything back together (reverse the dissembling steps)

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Not quite finished yet...

Not quite finished yet...

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The Quadra sucks in air on the bottom and blows it out on the top. But you those tiny rubber feet are worth nothing when it is not placed on a flat surface...

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This way the Quadra only sucks in dirt...

This way the Quadra only sucks in dirt...

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As always, LEGO can help!

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Build something like this.

Build something like this.

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Put it on the bottom of the Quadra

Put it on the bottom of the Quadra

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It doesn't even come off...

It doesn't even come off...

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Now your precious data has some room to breathe!

Now your precious data has some room to breathe!

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Don't forget to backup your precious data! Check out my Crashplan guide on how to backup all your data to a remote location

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