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I have a mini ITX case and trying to consolidate my storage drives to make room for water cooling.

I'm looking for some kind of adapter kit that will let me put two 3.5" drives (planning on grabbing a pair of 4TB Western Digitals) into a single 5.25" bay in my case. I can then remove the hard drive cage and have room for water cooling.

I need something in Canada. Shipping from the US takes forever and customs on inexpensive items is usually triple the cost of the item.


The only one I have found (and it's US only) is this one. Has anyone seen anything else I can use?

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Ok here's the problem: you can't quite fit two standard 3.5" drives in a single Bay. They're too big. You need low profile drives.

Even that may not be enough. "low profile" is not a standard. You need the heights of the two drives to make sure there is room for them to sit on top of each other. Step one is find two drives that will even fit. After you've that info we can discuss brackets.
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Have to agree with above, two 4TB drives will probably be too thick. Two 2TB or 1TB drives might work.

 

They'll probably fit, but they'll take up one bay plus a bit of the one below. If you have the space I'd suggest a two 5.25" to three 3.5" converter.

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My 4TB WD is no thicker than my 2TB drives. There are no recesses on the bottom like my 2TB drives have, however.
     
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there is alot of room above the bay in the OP's case so it should work if its the Lian Li PC-TU200B
Edited by ozlay - 12/10/14 at 8:38pm
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My 4TB WD is no thicker than my 2TB drives. There are no recesses on the bottom like my 2TB drives have, however.

 

My 3tb (from 4 years ag) is thicker than my 1tb(from 6 years ago), both are considerably thicker than my 320GB drives, and two of those just about fit.

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I just dug through my junk box and checked a couple of old 750GB Seagates (roughly 6-7 years old; they were the infamous 7200.11s) and an early 1TB WD Green (roughly 5-6 years old) and they were all 1" thick, same as my current 2TB and 4 TB drives.
     
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there is alot of room above the bay in the OP's case so it should work if its the Lian Li PC-TU200B

Thats what I was thinking as well. There is a base to the 5.25 bay but above there is about an half an inch of clearance so they could extrude upwards.

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Any particular reason not to go to a 2.5" drive?
    
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As much as I despise Seagate's, they do have a smaller profile than WD's. Try them out. They're definitely thinner.
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