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HDD Clicker - HDD Sound Simulator

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First post, by matze79

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Hi,

i want to show up a small project i`m working on in the past weeks if i have some free time beside my non Computer related Job.

This is acoustic feedback for SSDs.

Prototype HDD Clicker v0.1

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https://www.retrokits.de/index.php/hdd-clicke … simulator-v0-1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVXRblGSSHo

HDD Clicker v0.2

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https://www.retrokits.de/index.php/hdd-clicker-v0-2/

root42 has made a small Video about the HDD Clicker v0.2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxTtG9wmAFM

And a TikTok from GuillermoXT (German)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BIQEW3Oe2I

There will be a official Way to get it trough Serdashop.
Dreamblaster will release a polished version soon!

Last edited by matze79 on 2022-09-19, 08:10. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 1 of 86, by Jo22

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Awesome! 🙂👍

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Reply 2 of 86, by TrashPanda

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Fucking brilliant mate !

Can it do other HDD sounds or is it limited to standard IDE HDD sound ?

Would be cool to have a SSD sound like a MFM or RLL drive both of which sound amazing for a retro rig.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 5 of 86, by appiah4

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Is there a chance you will make the board and BOM for the prototype version available? I want to build some for my PCs and the THT version is a lot more suitable for my skill level..

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Reply 6 of 86, by Sphere478

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Um, take my money!

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Reply 7 of 86, by dreamblaster

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Coming soon in serdashop indeed, in a version directly pluggable on hdd molex power
Thanks Matze for great cooperation

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Reply 8 of 86, by Jura Tastatura

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dreamblaster wrote on 2022-09-19, 18:49:

Coming soon in serdashop indeed, in a version directly pluggable on hdd molex power
Thanks Matze for great cooperation

nice, gonna buy that for sure! 😁
does it have an on/off button? will it be able to simulate different hdd models (with different sounds)? why does it have power led out? 😀

Reply 9 of 86, by TrashPanda

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Jura Tastatura wrote on 2022-09-21, 11:23:
dreamblaster wrote on 2022-09-19, 18:49:

Coming soon in serdashop indeed, in a version directly pluggable on hdd molex power
Thanks Matze for great cooperation

nice, gonna buy that for sure! 😁
does it have an on/off button? will it be able to simulate different hdd models (with different sounds)? why does it have power led out? 😀

Lets you connect the HDD led to it from the PC case since you cant see the onboard one when the case is closed.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 10 of 86, by Pierre32

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TrashPanda wrote on 2022-09-21, 11:32:
Jura Tastatura wrote on 2022-09-21, 11:23:

why does it have power led out? 😀

Lets you connect the HDD led to it from the PC case since you cant see the onboard one when the case is closed.

It's got HDD LED out and power LED out. I've actually got one Socket 7 system that doesn't have a power LED header, so I'd make use of this.

Reply 11 of 86, by TrashPanda

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Pierre32 wrote on 2022-09-21, 11:57:
TrashPanda wrote on 2022-09-21, 11:32:
Jura Tastatura wrote on 2022-09-21, 11:23:

why does it have power led out? 😀

Lets you connect the HDD led to it from the PC case since you cant see the onboard one when the case is closed.

It's got HDD LED out and power LED out. I've actually got one Socket 7 system that doesn't have a power LED header, so I'd make use of this.

..just realised I miss read the post I replied to ..🤣

Since it has both . .even better.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 13 of 86, by Jo22

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ViTi95 wrote on 2022-09-22, 09:36:

Is it possible to replace the buzzer with a relay? I want it to sound LOUD 😂

Good and intelligent question. 👍
Attaching a low-power relay directly (with anti-parallel diode ofc) was one of my personal ideas, too.

Edit: Next was using a stepper motor via transistor driver+counter ics, for that that squeaky sound.
But an electronic solution like this would be preferable, maybe.

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Reply 14 of 86, by matze79

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There is no SpinUp Sound.
Buzzer isnt made for sounds with deeps.

It would require a bigger speaker and some big iron mcu with few kb more.
Even a arduino is too small. It only holds 2,8s Audio at 11Khz.
Playing Spinup, Spinning Sound and Clicks would require some Sort of mixing, and a decent Speaker
At least some small ARM Cortex.

Sorry for grammatical errors, i`m not native english speaker.

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Reply 15 of 86, by Shponglefan

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This is an awesome idea!

While I admittedly prefer solid state to avoid the low frequency hum of mechanical hard drives, I do kind of miss the head seeking sounds. It was always reassuring to have that audio feedback when waiting for the game to load something.

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Reply 16 of 86, by Sphere478

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Can we change the tone and style of the clicks? My ideal would be a 120mb quantum click

What about spin up sounds?

Spin down sound from a capacitor storage?

Optional whirring sound?

Volume for each

Mute button? (Turbo?)

Maybe as a 2.5” size pcb we can mount on a 3.5”/5-1/4” adapter

Anyway,
Maybe ideas for next version 😀

This one looks sweet already!

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Reply 17 of 86, by matze79

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Hell yeah, there so many possibilities !

Now on hackaday:
https://hackaday.com/2022/09/26/tiny-dongle-b … retrocomputers/

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Reply 18 of 86, by Jo22

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Congratulations! 🥳🎉

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 19 of 86, by dreamblaster

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I'm expecting a first batch in the next weeks,
PM me if interested, for priority vogons access to HDD clicker 😉

Visit http://www.serdashop.com for retro sound cards, video converters, ...
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