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Cosmos II - top HDD cage removable?

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Hey guys,

I got my Cosmos II yesterday (drool) and I was tinkering around the inside, feeling it out for optimal airflow.

I was planning on using the 2 HDD cages (3 bays each) in the bottom chamber of the case (with supplied 120mm fans to cool them) and just remove the top cage (with 5 bays). There are screws on the sides of the cage that appear to hold it in place, but once removed, the cage is still stuck in place and seems un-removable.

Has anyone had any luck getting it out? I want to remove it, but without any cutting/mods.

Thanks in advance!
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Bump. Nobody has tried getting it out?

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I got mine the other day and had the same plan as you - to store my HDs in the lower bay and remove the top one. The metal panel closest to the 200mm fan cannot be removed as far as I can tell, but the other metal panel closest to the motherboard can be, which results in a cleaner look (imo) and better airflow so the air coming off the 200mm only has to pass through 1 panel instead of two.

Anyway, to remove that one panel, you need to undo the 4 screws on the inside of the case and the two screws on the backside of the motherboartd panel where you keep all of your wires. You need to undo 6 screws total, squirm it around a little bit, and it'll pop out.
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I got mine the other day and had the same plan as you - to store my HDs in the lower bay and remove the top one. The metal panel closest to the 200mm fan cannot be removed as far as I can tell, but the other metal panel closest to the motherboard can be, which results in a cleaner look (imo) and better airflow so the air coming off the 200mm only has to pass through 1 panel instead of two.

Anyway, to remove that one panel, you need to undo the 4 screws on the inside of the case and the two screws on the backside of the motherboartd panel where you keep all of your wires. You need to undo 6 screws total, squirm it around a little bit, and it'll pop out.

Right on, thanks dog. I will try it when I get off work biggrin.gif

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post #5 of 9
Hello there!

But suppose I want to remove this metal part to install a EK Rad XTC 140mm, how can I do it and which tools do I need? I understand that once i do it, it's no return, right? A 3mm drill would do the trick? It's difficult to access those rivets... might need a small driller...
any tips?

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Hello there!

But suppose I want to remove this metal part to install a EK Rad XTC 140mm, how can I do it and which tools do I need? I understand that once i do it, it's no return, right? A 3mm drill would do the trick? It's difficult to access those rivets... might need a small driller...
any tips?

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To remove that panel you would have to grind out the rivets from the bottom, maybe you could get to them from the top using an angle drill, but it's easier to just grind them out. As for the top cage, the process gets much more complicated, basically you would have to take the whole case apart just to get to all the rivets holding it in place.

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Originally Posted by koniu777 View Post

To remove that panel you would have to grind out the rivets from the bottom, maybe you could get to them from the top using an angle drill, but it's easier to just grind them out. As for the top cage, the process gets much more complicated, basically you would have to take the whole case apart just to get to all the rivets holding it in place.
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thanks, but I'm not sure if I understood you correctly, I want to only remove this metal panel, not the drive cage (at the top)! can I drill those rivets from this site, like showing the arrows?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by koniu777 View Post

To remove that panel you would have to grind out the rivets from the bottom, maybe you could get to them from the top using an angle drill, but it's easier to just grind them out. As for the top cage, the process gets much more complicated, basically you would have to take the whole case apart just to get to all the rivets holding it in place.
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thanks, but I'm not sure if I understood you correctly, I want to only remove this metal panel, not the drive cage (at the top)! can I drill those rivets from this site, like showing the arrows?
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No, from the bottom you can only grind it flat and then the rivet will pop out. Drilling out rivets requires you to do it perfectly in the center of the rivet, there is no way for you to do that from the bottom, just use a dremel with one of those grinding tips.

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The rivets on the bottom you could probably drillout if they are facing down, I'm at work now and dont remember exactly how they were facing when I did it on my case

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