There is still very little known about how sound can cause hard drive failure. One of the first such experiments was made by engineer Brendan Gregg, in 2008, while he was working for Sun’s Fishworks team. He recorded a video in which he explains how shouting in a data center can result in hard drives malfunction.
This is God damn amazing.
I mean, I already knew that vibration was bad for mechanical devices. I already knew hard disk spindles and arms were mechanical devices. I already knew that sound was actually vibration.
But adding all that together into “shouting at hard disks is bad for them” is just