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I'm going to be going into watercooling soon and I have case limitations. I'm going to have to remove my HDD cage in order to fit a rad in there. In doing so, I will not have anywhere else to place my HDDs unless I buy a 3.5 -> 5.25 adapter.

So this is where my problem is. Would it be possible to use a HDD in a HDD enclosure and I route a SATA cable out through the back? I'm not entirely sure if that would work, but that is an alternate option that I'm thinking of.

I was also thinking about putting a modular HDD cage in, but I have no idea where to get one.


Edited by NguyenAdam - 10/13/11 at 5:30pm
    
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http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-56k-fail.html

build a bong..then you won't have to worry about your hard drives and yes..that is entirely feasible..you could even make one out of wood (hard-drive holder) ..or scavenge one from an old case somewhere..
 
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The bong is completely out of the question. I also don't want it to look shoddy either. I'm looking for something that will still match my case, so I guess something aluminum.
    
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lian li makes modular solutions, it all depends on how many hard drives you plan on having. rip out that hdd bay you have now and change it up with a modular solution.

http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product...=5&ss_index=17
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post #5 of 8
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You would have to mount those on an existing 5.25 bay right? I don't think that would be possible for me because the radiator + fans would be interfering.
    
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So this is where my problem is. Would it be possible to use a HDD in a HDD enclosure and I route a SATA cable out through the back? I'm not entirely sure if that would work, but that is an alternate option that I'm thinking of.
Your Asus P6T Deluxe v2 supports eSata; just get an external enclosure that supports this.
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it looks like you could remove your existing bay and mount these offset an inch or two toward the rear of the case. notice the top mounting holes on the hard drive cage are adjustable.

i think it all depends on how custom or how much modding you want to do. an off the shelf solution might be difficult, but you can make a custom one with the right tools and some imagination.

i actually gave away some modular bays from my PC-Q08 in the freebies section some months back, you can always look around the For Sale thread.
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I don't know if I'm going to go through all of the trouble anymore. I might just get a FD Arc Midi and call it a day.
    
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