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Hi everyone. I've done what I think is quite a unique HDD cage mod to my CM Storm Scout. Most everyone I see modifying their cage, they're removing it. I decided to go with a different route and mod the cage itself. I really like the results. Now I can fit all but the very largest video cards and still use my HDD cage as well.

This all started because I ordered an AC Accelero Exteme 5870 VGA cooler for my , yep; you guessed it, Hd 5870.Though my card currently fit in my case by sticking into the 5.25'' bay, it wouldn't work with the extra inches I was going to gain by adding the cooler as it is 12'' long. Well this won't do so I fixed it. I hope you like my ingenious solution as much as I do.

First up, here is what I started with, the stock cage
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and the stock 5.25'' bayPICT0002.jpg

Using my trusted Dremel and diamond wheel I had to remove the eight rivets holding it in.
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After some cutting and grinding, out came the cage
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Now it was time to let the big dog eat and notch that 5.25'' bay and cut down the HDD cage.
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hand bend some feet for the cage to sit on and to be able to screw it down
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Test fit with HDDPICT0014.jpg

I used self tapping HDD screw to secure the cage back where it belongs.
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A little PICT0016.jpgtouch up for the paint

and a fresh coat for the HDD cagePICT0017.jpg

It was time to re-assemble. Throw in a custom acrylic PSU cover and HDD bay cover and it's looking pretty sharp!
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Some might say I've reduced my cage to only 2 HDD, but the way I was thinking was; I've been wanting to go with a 128GB SSD for my OS and core programs with 1TB storage drive for Multimedia and Documents and a 2TB external drive for backup. To me with the rate of SSD development, spinning platter disc RAID is dead, so no need for massive amounts of internal HDDs.

I hope you all enjoy looking as much as I did making. Thanks!
    
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Nice work cage came out great along with the other stuff you got going in that case. What material did you use for the PSU cover and the optical cover?
    
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Nice work cage came out great along with the other stuff you got going in that case. What material did you use for the PSU cover and the optical cover?

Thank you. PSU and HDD cage are acrylic and the Optical cover is bent steel satellite converter box covered in red carbon fibre vinyl.

That was two mods ago, this is what it looks like now;

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I do have the sagging card fixed.
    
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Very well done ^^
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Very well done ^^

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Hi everyone. I've done what I think is quite a unique HDD cage mod to my CM Storm Scout. Most everyone I see modifying their cage, they're removing it. I decided to go with a different route and
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Using my trusted Dremel and diamond wheel I had to remove the eight rivets holding it in.

Very nice mod, been thinking along these lines but thought drilling out the rivets was the only option redface.gif

Did you just grind the heads with that diamond wheel ?
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I hope you all enjoy looking as much as I did making. Thanks!

More I think, you may just have got me (re)started on this!
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Very nice mod, been thinking along these lines but thought drilling out the rivets was the only option redface.gif

Did you just grind the heads with that diamond wheel ?

Yes, I carefully ground them off with the diamond wheel.

More I think, you may just have got me (re)started on this!

Thank you. All in all it's an easy mod. It took me all of two hours to do this mod, but I had the big dog to help with the cuts
    
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nice mod you have there.neat and i love the touch of what.






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What they hay is a diamond cutting wheel?? Are they expensive? are they way better than a stock cutting wheel? Rockin mod mate thumb.gif
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What they hay is a diamond cutting wheel?? Are they expensive? are they way better than a stock cutting wheel? Rockin mod mate thumb.gif

A diamond wheel is a cutting wheel you can get for the dremel. WAY BETTER than the stock cutting wheel. $20 is the average price. Thanks for the compliment.
    
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