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Zombie PC case mod, back from the dead PC with space saving side mounted drives.

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Project Zombie,  revive life into a dead PC and make it fit my computer bench better

About 2 years or so ago my PC went bang just when I needed it for some work and i had to go out and panic buy a laptop to get the work done.

A month later I got the chance to pull an old tiny PC out of bro-inlaw's bin a few hours before it was due for collection.

My had been pimped out with uv lights etc that over time had failed and I decide that I would strip those out and try and mount the drives to the side of the case so it would fit against the wall on my bench and give me room for the laptop. I found a video of the old mod with the pointless lights, sounds a bit rough on it though.


This is an old project and I don't pics of all the stages.

Not all PC cases are suitable for this mod I was just lucky that mine was riveted not spot welded.

Tools used Drill, Dremel style tool, pop rivet gun, hot glue gun, tin snips, screwdrivers etc.

Hope you like it, thanks for looking.

Andy.
 
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Step 1: Swapping main boards.

First was to swap the main board of the Tiny PC into my case to see if it was working.

Not going to go into any detail about this, I had 7 years in the PC trade which is more than enough for this lifeform.

I don't have pictures of the dismantling of the case, it was held together with alu pop rivets and gave no resistance , just had to drill the tops out with a drill.

And yes before anyone anyone points out the follies of metal fragments and static, yes I did do this case mod with the board in place. I blew it out with the airline when I was finished. But if you are going to do this take everything out of the case first.

I wish my shed was this clean now :-)
Take a look at my PC-Mod Its not as pretty but it works.
Dr Qui (author)  alien2000496552 years ago
Nice, i would add a perspex cover on the main compartment as i got to much metal junk lying around that would end up in the guts and cause a short.
Willnet3 years ago
Outstanding. I enjoyed this read. I look forward to experimenting with my own mods.
junits154 years ago
I take it you love computers? PS: Nice sticker; amd inside lol
lemonie4 years ago

I like it, good case thingy.

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Dr Qui (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Cheers, Sadly only used for storage these days. Andy.