Mobile Drive Bays

aka Bob is assimilated by his Borg Cube...

This is a cool mod. To make room for the radiator for my water cooling efforts, I needed to move my RAID array drives from the back of the case to the front. Right now, you can see them in this picture:

Drives in back on right hand side...

I looked around, but these are drives for the 3" bays and all I had open were 5" bays, and no adaptors. What to do? While casting about for some mounting brackets to go in th 5" bays, I located some really cheap ($7.50) mobile drive bays on eBay. These guys actually looked a lot jazzier than any old mounting brackets could ever be, so I bought 'em:

The unmolested drive rack...

My first problem with the project is the racks are puke beige. That will never work for the BorgCube! So, in true Borg fashion, I began efforts to assimilate them into the collective by painting them black.

Half the battle is masking all the stuff you don't want to turn black...

Next, we lay 'em out in the painting booth...

And here they are just minutes later, sans beige. C'est tres chic, non?

The "after" pic...

Sittin' in the cube...

And they're removable!

These racks deliver a couple benefits aside from clearing way for the radiator. First, they will benefit my drive to clean up the wiring too, because they make it possible to line up custom 90 degree molex harnesses now that my drive bays are all full. The other advantage they have is flexibility. If I want to do some radical overclocking, I just buy another drive, stick it in a drive tray, swap it in, and presto chango--my machine has a whole new personality and I'm not risking my valuable data to the overclocking Gods. If I need to replace or upgrade a drive, just pull the bay and off we go. Of course I'll be wishing for Serial ATA bays before too long, but that'll be a project for sometime late next year I think, sometime after I upgrade the mobo and cpu again to the Hammer!

Next Step: 90 Degree Molex Wiring Harness...

 
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