Computer Drive Bay Mod

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Introduction: Computer Drive Bay Mod

i used the 5.25 inch drive bay to house 4 hard drives expanding the capacty of my computer to 1200 gigabytes.

Step 1: I Knocked Off the Bottom Drive Chassis With a Cold Chisel


Step 2: Marked the Top of the Drive Bay Where I Will Drill the Mounting Holes

the i built a jig to fit the drive bay over for drilling on the drill press

Step 3: Drilled the Mounting Holes.

i used a drill press to more accuratly drill the holes

Step 4: You Should Have a Bay That Looks Like This.


Step 5: Mounted Drives in Bay


Step 6: Mounted Bay in Computer


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    What on earth kind of case is that?! Rack-mount server? It's Awsome!

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    hi..
    the case is a rackmount 4U EATX case..
    they are also called a "Chassis"

    I thought so. Looks like a pretty nice case. How much does one of those cost? Or was it from something else?

    This is a good idea, you can buy adaptors that saves you having to mutate your case though. Ive done similar things to one of my setups, but used the empty space below the drive bays to put extra drives, then later on decided more drives were needed and found space for more drives again! 10 drives in a mini tower case is fairly impressive, although there is enough room for more.

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    Wasup, that looks pretty cool and is exactly what I am looking for. I got an old Dell Dimension 1100 with a total of one drive bay and want to put in 5 - 6 more drives. Looks like your minitower is very similar. How did you build the drive bays? Can you put togeter a brief instructable or post a few more pictures?

    what are the specs of your computer

    Very nice work!, You should clean up the holes you drilled with a file or sandpaper then paint the inside of your computer black or whatever color you choose, Then figure out a way to get a fan to cool those drives. 5 out of 5 stars!

    you cpuld just buy those 3.5-5.25 adapters for less than a $

    i was considering using liquid metal like a Bismuth alloy instead of water. ironic though that i can get one terabyte in nearly one single drive.

    i have 4 1.5tb drives thats like what 6tb lol

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    Itd suck if you got a virus on all of them.

    wow, my computer could have over 4tbs of memory, i feel happy about my computer now.

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    lol i could have 11 tb in mine

    really, all in the case?, because i have a case called an apollo nzxt which has a massive amount of room, enough for probably 5 different hdds, so yeah

    wouldnt the fact that u put so much memory inside your computer slow it down to a poind where you want to kick the poor pc? anyways someone answer cause i wanna do this but im not so sure...

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    Adding more hard drive space to your computer wont slow it down at all...

    nice job are 2 slaves or is it split channels Btw stick fans blowing out through the bay covers for extra toasty feet... airflow though also your second cd drive (burner I guess) looks like wood effect in photo is it?