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I like Velcro because of its flexibility. You can reposition a drive in seconds.

 

But if you use a double-sided sticky, use a pad, not tape. The pad will absorb vibrations and will adapt itself better to the surface changes you see on the face of a HD.

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Velcro is a nice idea, and I actually might need that for the next problem that I've encountered, which is mounting the 5.25 drive bays (res bay, fan controller slots).

I successfully mounted the HDD bay to the fan and it seems fine. I'll post more pictures of it later, but here's one just to show you how it looks like:

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Current Problem -- 5.25 Drive Bay Mounting....

The case came with two plexi glass frames to mount to the drives. The drives rest on another plexi glass at the base (you can see that base in the picture above).

Visible trouble installing 5.25 bay into case. If I pull on the res/fan controller, it comes out half an inch from the case. It is stopped from going further due to the plexi glass frame that is mounted to these bays. However, should it even be going out that far? Furthermore, it's easy to push the drives back into the case. I always thought that these drives should be securely mounted to the case without any visible gaps.

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More pictures of the gaps around the drive bay... as seen from the front.

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Here's a look behind the front panel...

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this area isn't secure. Is it supposed to be stabilized? After reading the posts with comments on how to mount a HDD rack, I'm thinking about velcroing the bottom. I want to resolve this before going further because it would be difficult to troubleshoot this once more components are introduced to the case.

I might be able to go to Staples today and get some industrial strength velcro... should I go for it? Or am I missing something with this case? Is there a better way to secure this?

EDIT: I realized that the gap might be not so obvious once the case is reconstructed, but I'm still worried that some space would remain in the case. I never saw a gap in a case before. Furthermore, the instability of the bay always worries me. It's not secured.
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Velcro is a nice idea, and I actually might need that for the next problem that I've encountered, which is mounting the 5.25 drive bays (res bay, fan controller slots).
I successfully mounted the HDD bay to the fan and it seems fine. I'll post more pictures of it later, but here's one just to show you how it looks like:
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Current Problem -- 5.25 Drive Bay Mounting....
The case came with two plexi glass frames to mount to the drives. The drives rest on another plexi glass at the base (you can see that base in the picture above).
Visible trouble installing 5.25 bay into case. If I pull on the res/fan controller, it comes out half an inch from the case. It is stopped from going further due to the plexi glass frame that is mounted to these bays. However, should it even be going out that far? Furthermore, it's easy to push the drives back into the case. I always thought that these drives should be securely mounted to the case without any visible gaps.
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More pictures of the gaps around the drive bay... as seen from the front.
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Here's a look behind the front panel...
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this area isn't secure. Is it supposed to be stabilized? After reading the posts with comments on how to mount a HDD rack, I'm thinking about velcroing the bottom. I want to resolve this before going further because it would be difficult to troubleshoot this once more components are introduced to the case.
I might be able to go to Staples today and get some industrial strength velcro... should I go for it? Or am I missing something with this case? Is there a better way to secure this?
EDIT: I realized that the gap might be not so obvious once the case is reconstructed, but I'm still worried that some space would remain in the case. I never saw a gap in a case before. Furthermore, the instability of the bay always worries me. It's not secured.


ah if i remember correctly it depends on an optical drive being on the bottom because it screws into the bottom of the optical drive. Thats why i have the optical drive in the bottom of mine, i wanted to put it in the top
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ah if i remember correctly it depends on an optical drive being on the bottom because it screws into the bottom of the optical drive. Thats why i have the optical drive in the bottom of mine, i wanted to put it in the top

I didn't know optical drives can be mounted from the bottom... that's interesting. Unfortunately, I'm not using an internal optical drive in my build. I opted out of that for the res since I don't have a strong need for an optical drive.
    
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I didn't know optical drives can be mounted from the bottom... that's interesting. Unfortunately, I'm not using an internal optical drive in my build. I opted out of that for the res since I don't have a strong need for an optical drive.

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See the 4 screw holes on the bottom
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I was also going to get the same case you were getting tongue.gif
But I opted for the switch 810, because I thought it looks a lot better and cheaper.

I have no idea what that case so I can't help you with your current problem sadly frown.gif
Hopefully you get it figured out soon!
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You might ask your case manufacturer for some guidance.

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I was also going to get the same case you were getting tongue.gif
But I opted for the switch 810, because I thought it looks a lot better and cheaper.
I have no idea what that case so I can't help you with your current problem sadly frown.gif
Hopefully you get it figured out soon!

It's a good thing you didn't go for this case. It's proving to be quite frustrating. I can't get the 5.25 bays on properly. I'm not going to give up, but despite my many attempts the 5.25 drives jut out in an unnatural way. I also shouldn't have to get an optical drive to mount these bays properly. It's frustrating that it seems to be the only option to mount it.

Although I am a newbie at computer builds, so naturally I can understand that many people might take this experience lightly and chalk it up to rookie mistakes, however I beg to differ. This seems more like a build design flaw, rather than my lack of building experience. I can't understand the logic behind the infrastructure.

I'm very tempted to purchase another case, and simply return this one. I'll post detailed pictures with my feedback on the case regardless of what I do. Whether I keep it or not, the public should be made aware of what one can expect from this case -- especially if you don't get an optical drive like I did.
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You might ask your case manufacturer for some guidance.

I tried reaching Mountain Mods today (Friday, during their hours of operation) and I was unable to reach anyone. I spread out my calls throughout the day, and I must have made at least seven calls. Nonetheless, I will reach out on Monday to discuss possible solutions. Despite my dissatisfaction thus far, I'm going to remain openminded. If nothing is accomplished my Monday, I am simply going to return my case and get a mid tower case (i.e. CM 690 II Advanced -- I was also looking at the Fractical Arc Midi, but we'll see if that fits my two 240 rads).

I'm going to tweak around with the 5.25 drive bays before I go to bed... hopefully, I will make some kind of break through.
    
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The Mountain Mods cases don't follow the 'norm' as other tower style cases do. While it's a great looking, and unique case, its uniqueness might be it's downfall. smile.gif

I think the 5.25 bay issues can be resolved by adjusting what goes where. Maybe put the res on the bottom and the controller on top. Also, unless those black screws are the ones that came with your controller, I think you're using the wrong screws. Your other screws look a bit odd and unmatching as well, so you might have gotten them mixed up.

It's not the end of the world, but just be sure if something needs a certain type of screw only, that you didn't already use it.

Here's a simple image with the basic screws used in cases:

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A: Standard case side panel screws. Also sometimes used to mount the PSUs
B: Motherboard stand-offs. These go on whatever surface you are attaching your motherboard to.
C: Used in the PCIe brackets(to hold GPUs and other PCIe devices in), and also sometimes used for PSUs.
D: Standard bay device screws. Used for optical drives, fan controllers, and even the same size for HDDs and SSDs.
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Oh and please for the love of us, don't forget putting in the standoffs!
I forgot the first time I built and luckily my mobo didn't fry!

Dumb mistake but many people still forget about it so I try to tell everyone who is building not to forget! smile.gif
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