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Help with 3.5"s in 5.25"s bays!

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Ok, please tell me someone has encountered this problem and solved it! I have a 240 radiator going in the front where the HDD cages would normally be, but this hideousness is the side effect. I'm going to sleeve the SATA power cables, but still...this is just unacceptable. Is there any modding I can do? Has someone figured out how to route the cables elsewhere in the 500R so I can turn the drives around?

Any suggestions to remove this will do, putting way too much effort into aesthetics here to have something silly like this ruin it.

Thanks! Rep for actual help!
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a pic of the rest of the case would help. where are the original HDD cages? as it stands, your drives aren't getting any cooling air which would decrease the reliability of the drives (especially that top 2.5 drive since it's kinda sandwiched between the bottom 2.5 and the 3.5.

hard to make suggestions when we don't know what the rest of the case looks like. there are very clean solutions(5 in 3 HDD cage with backplane) out there, but they cost a good amount of $. it's easier to see what you have in the rest of the case before suggesting that type of solution.
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Originally Posted by tehsciz View Post
Ok, please tell me someone has encountered this problem and solved it! I have a 240 radiator going in the front where the HDD cages would normally be, but this hideousness is the side effect. I'm going to sleeve the SATA power cables, but still...this is just unacceptable. Is there any modding I can do? Has someone figured out how to route the cables elsewhere in the 500R so I can turn the drives around?
Any suggestions to remove this will do, putting way too much effort into aesthetics here to have something silly like this ruin it.
Thanks! Rep for actual help!


I have 2 suggestions:-

 

1) Instead of your current routing (ie red lines), try routing the cables vertically (ie green lines) down and then under the drive bay and then curving into the back of the mobo panel and then coming out of the rubber grommet.

existing cables.jpg

 

cabling.jpg

 

2) replace the top 90-degree SATA cable (orange circle in the pic above) with a straight cable (see pic below).  Currently, the connection is bent and is likely under stress.  This is not good in a long term.

straight sata cable.jpg

 

 

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