Keeping you files cool get's difficult when the neat color-lighted fan finally goes to graveyard.
When there is nothing else wrong with the cabinet but the fan died, or if you want to add more cool to the CPU box, try this simple mod.
Step 1: Stuff You'll Need for this.
Whenever you buy any tool get the best you can afford and take care of it and it will not let you down. When buying, remember to check that it is the right type of tool required for the task.
Nibbler - I've only ever found these nibblers with a square "bite". Round and pointed triangle would be so useful. Luckily all we need here is the square. Cost is about $8-10cdn.
Screwdriver - To match screws heads.
12Vdc CPU Case Fan - You might want to get a computer case fan that comes with cables to tap into the drive power plugs. Best yet scrounge one from the computer parts dump, junk store, curb-side pickup on garbage day.
I had a CPU fan sitting in the shop so I just used it. It's a DFS122512L-PWM Kama PWM 12cm Fan; 1200rpm with only ~24.89bBA; but it does blow 52.71CFM; Sleeve Bearings with an MTBF of 30,000 hours. The connector is a 4-pin PWM (4-pin peripheral adapter included)
*Note: When 4-pin peripheral adapter is used or connected to 3-pin, the PWM function will not work. In order to take the advantage of PWM function, please use this fan with PWM function ready motherboard.
Finger guard - This is dependent on your "rug rats" status. Fans just love the taste of fresh fingertips for some reason and the screaming is just so darn anoying. If you have kids and/or pets use a real finger guard. 'Course it does mean one less learning oportunity for them, hmmmm.
Screws - Two options of sizes here, see Step 4