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My 3.5 drive bay in my Corsair 230T snapped!

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Luckily the store that I got the case from were more than happy to sort me out. The good part is that they asked if the damaged part (3.5" drive bay) was removable, so I said yes and they said "Well to save you from having to take your system out just unscrew the drive bay and we'll let you swap it out for one of the others." I was well chuffed, not having to sacrifice my wire management and everything.

So I popped down to the store and they handed me a screw driver and said "here's the case to take the part from, go to town. You can also have the box of screws and grommets that is in the drive bay." So I did it and swapped the part and headed home. When I got back I thought to do a little mod to the drive bay. As it slots into the chassis's bottom and screws in to the mobo plate and front of the chassis. I simply stretched a rubber band across the plastic clips on the bay and then slotted in back into my case, it was a little tighter but my little rubber band was for a reason, to reduce vibrations between the bay attachment and the chassis. I did this because I was in the zone for reducing the noise my HDDs make in my case, and the plastic HDD bay slots were vibrating against the metal making a horrible noise.

Before reinstalling my HDDs into my case I put a little electricians tape across the sides and a couple of strips along the bottoms to help damped any mechanical vibrations, I identified that the 230T does in fact have slots for two screws where as I thought there was only one, I screwed all of my HDDs in and tried a test boot, everything worked fine and I can hardly hear my HDDs seeking which used to be really loud, now I barely hear them unless they're moving allot of files.

I'm pleased with the stores help and my small yet effective mods that have reduced the vibrations from my HDDs. I would normally take pictures but completely didn't think to as I didn't think it would work out so well. So I apologiseto who ever of you have a 230T and looking to minimize you HDD cage vibrations. Maybe you could follow my idea and make a tut for other 230T users, maybe I'll redo it one day, most likely when I can afford to make my custom WC loop.

Sorry for the length of this post, I hope it's made sense and sheds a light for some of you 230T users out there.

-Fri
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One of the Plastic drive bays that Corsair is putting in cases today? Interesting!

I just build a Carbide 200R, and decided to ditch that little plastic monstrosity totally... plastic tends to be an insulator and hold in heat, not always the best thing for your drives. Replaced it with a metal drive bay...with drives fully suspended on rubber grommets, and the cage itself is on some rubber O-rings.

Reading this makes me really glad I pulled it!

Glad you got it fixed.. and that is great customer service on the part of the store you got it at! thumb.gif
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