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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
When using the HDD Cage Expansion Kit with the HDD Side Mount are you able to mount fans to it as well?

Also why can the HDD Side Mount not be used in the Upper chamber of a STH10?
http://www.caselabs-store.com/hdd-side-mount-single-wide-magnum/
Edited by zeroibis - 7/7/16 at 8:09am
post #2 of 11
Hello,

There are a couple of reasons for that. The mount itself is actually quite large. It's wider (taller?) that a 560 radiator mount because it has to fit the drive cages. Also the bottom lip of the mount is designed to rest against the bottom flange of the lower compartment to prevent it from torquing with the weight of several drives hanging off of it.

-Carla
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
So if I wanted to use it on the upper compartment I would need to modify the flange so it would fit or could I just install it upside down and the flange faces up instead of down? In theory it should get some added support from the floor of the upper chamber.
post #4 of 11
Ok, I just checked. The problem is that even with cutting off the retaining flange, the HDD mount is 6" wide. The clear opening in the upper bay is 5.75". While not completely impossible, a lot of cutting would be required.

-Carla
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ah maybe the easier solution is just to get two S8 HDD Cage Mounts and attach them to the floor of the upper chamber and then use the S8 HDD cages and I could use a normal 120.4 rad mount to hold the fans.
post #6 of 11
That could work. I know Jim did something similar in his Zeus build. Although his was in the lower compartment, you should have enough clearance to make it work.

-Carla
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info I will try to look up that build to get some ideas and see how I can apply what he did but to the top.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
What would be nice is if one day Case Labs made some sliding 3.5" HDD mounts so you can easily remove individual drives. Imagine a bare bones 4 drive bay with rail/slider mounts instead of the normal ones the mod potential would be insane.
post #9 of 11
I'll pass that along. I think it's a good idea.
post #10 of 11
Zeroibis - have a look at the Kingwin branded hot swap bays. A lot of them are a very good fit for the CaseLabs flexbays. There are 1-in-1, 3-in-2 and 4-in-3 that you may find useful.

http://www.kingwin.com/storage/mobile-racks-trays/
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