Originally Posted by szultzie
So i used a a Norco cage from Amazon
It comes with 2 in the box, which is nice if i messed up the first modification, luckily i did not.
It also comes with a 120mm fan which does not fit in the back compartment.
Here are some pictures with measurements
Picture 1: Original cage as is with fan
Picture 2: Original width ~105mm
Picture 3: Original height ~ 147mm
Picture 4: Original Length
Picture 5: Original width with fan ~ 155mm
Picture 6: Clearance at the back of the case, its hard to see but the white jump drive is a guide to where you can mount something, otherwise it will hit the door.
Above: picture of width in the back of the case, it is only about 110mm so i cant fit the cage as is with the fan mounted to it. So i took the fan off and cut out some metal pieces and bent the rest like in the following 2 pictures.
Picture 7: Modded Side view
Picture 8: Modded back view
Picture 9: Back of case with cage mounted
Picture 10: Length after mod ~ 150mm but im still gona make the bend cleaner so should be able to get it to about 145mm
Picture 11: Length with Hard Drive mounted after mod
Above: The hard drive when installed into the cage sticks out a little out the front of the cage about 5mm towards the front of the case.
Someone asked how i am mounting it to the case. I used the screw holes in that originally held the front grill of the cage. See picture 8.
Then i had to drill 2 small holes in the grill at the back of the case on the right side, the left side lined up with the grill holes. See Picture 9.
The only modification to the Corsair case is the 2 screw holes at the back grill. If you remove the cage you cant even tell the holes are there.
I wish Corsair would offer something factory to mount some 3.5in HD's but this is the cheapest least case altering solution i can find.
I need to get a smaller fan and figure out how to mount it to cool the drives a little bit. Since the front of the back compartment does not allow for air flow, i am thinking of mounting an exhaust fan to the door itself,(little extra cutting which i am not sure if i have the proper tools for, to make it look nice) then a fan pulling in cold air over the hard drives, (this will require some creative mounting of the cage and fan), maybe the fan will go on the outside of the case. Not sue yet. May be the best way since its gonna be tight inside that compartment with the extra 5 sata and power cables to my new drives.
So now i can have 7 x 3.5in hard drives in this case. Not sure if i have enough SATA ports on my motherboard now. =)
My video editing Hackintosh is pretty much complete now.
Some other notes, my cages did not come with hard drive mounting screws. I had some old Lian Li hard drive mounting screws that have a shoulder to them and very nice flat heads, They fit perfectly into the grommets and do not extrude so no extra clearance issues.
I ordered some more from here, best price i can find.