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Crucial M4 installation without bracket

post #1 of 8
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What is a ghetto mod to mount a Crucial M4 SSD in a a 3.5" desktop bay (specifically for a HAF922 case) without buying those expensive brackets/adapter? I'm not also comfortable using double-sided tape since I want them to be mounted on the 3.5" bay of the case itself to provide enough airflow (even though I know that they don't produce much heat even at full load).

I read in overclockers.com that you can use motherboard standoffs to convert the drive to a 3.5" one but you should use the ones with "fine threads". Unfortunately, the ones I have have coarse thread and they don't exactly "thread in" to the screw holes of the Crucial M4

Waiting for your help. Thanks
post #2 of 8
Well mine are currently hanging out the side of my case sitting on my floor. So just about any way you decide to do it, it'll work. biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 8
I have my dad's PC where the SSD is just hanging on the back lol. No need to mount anything. wink.gif
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Cardboard.
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post #5 of 8
A simple mod you can do is drill small holes to a specific position of your case and just use the screws to mount it there like the side of your drive bays, Like DarkClyde has done. Like this

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post #6 of 8
Double sided tape.
Single sided tape.
Gum.
Super Glue.
White Glue.
Wood Glue.
Epoxy.
Bracket.
Gravity.
post #7 of 8
I got a mounting bracket from newegg for five dollars free shipping. Is plastic and slid right into hard drive bay with no problem.
Also holds 2 ssd as well
post #8 of 8
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Hmmm, I really would want a way to install it in the Hard drive bays and nowhere else around the case because my cables are managed to be in that position (including the SATA power and data cables). Would motherboard standoffs totally work here?
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