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post #181 of 195
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Just came up stairs from pondering over the hard drive cage.

Each hard drive will need at least 1.25" vertical, which includes a small gap for air. Eight hard drives will require the cage be 10" tall. The question is, how should I build the drive?
I stumbled upon this video, which is a neat idea, but I'd have to buy more acrylic:
film_go.pngYouTube- Dark Knight: Custom Wood Case- Building HDD Cage
I still like the idea of using the aluminum angle to build the cage, two pieces underneath each drive and four pieces for the corners. Unfortunately, I just realized that the IDE and Molex connectors are each up against a different edge of the drive, so having angle in the two corners on that side of the drives would block them.
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post #182 of 195
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Seriously, no help so far?
I want to get this cage built... Can't figure out any other options for the vertical supports.
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post #183 of 195
Syrillian has used round bars acting as shelves to hold opticals and HDDs. Like two sides for support and then round bars in the middle.
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post #184 of 195
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That may work. Don't really want to buy more stuff, so I'll probably end up doing aluminum angle rails.

Here are the "rails" I was thinking of:


Stacking an HDD on there to mark the screw holes, just because


Wut? hot glue?


Two dabs per rail for some basic noise deadening, perhaps.


Not bad!


I ended up scrapping the hot glue idea. After two days or so, the glue had hardened enough that all it did was make it harder to slide the HDD onto the rails.
Since I was still stumped on the HDD cage, I decided to recycle those angles for something.







Even without securing those angles to a second side, the case feels a lot stiffer. Plus, there is now a little shelf for the top of the case to be mounted to if I feel so inclined. ^You can also see how icky the epoxy can get when I don't clean it off. Another reason to use these support angles instead.
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post #185 of 195
If you wanted to use that rail idea from the youtube video still you could use longer screws on the HDD and put some rubber grommets there. You could make the rails wider apart to account for the grommets sticking out. They would insulate the vibrations.
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post #186 of 195
Wow this looks really good
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post #187 of 195
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Thanks!
Making more of those reinforcement angle things for the inside, as I have tons of extra screws/nuts.
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post #188 of 195
wow what a long build, subbed though
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post #189 of 195
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Hehehe. Thanks. Its been long in the making.
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post #190 of 195
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So I've been secretly working on P:RiaGH since the last update, albeit slowly.

I have successfully mounted the motherboard AND expansion cards (and the case can easily support the weight, which I was honestly concerned about at first). I am, however, having problems mounting the PSU. Because the acrylic is thicker than a standard rear panel of a case, regular PC screws can't reach the PSU. I'm looking for extra long 6-32 screws, as well as regular sized 6-32 screws and standoffs (7 + 10 screws for expansion cards and motherboard, 10 standoffs, at least 16 to mount 4 hard drives, and at least 4 for the CD drive).
Optical drives don't use 6-32 though, do they? Are they M3?

McMasterCarr either doesn't have the screws I'm looking for, or I'm just bad at navigating their site. I don't mind buying from random online sellers, nor from OCN members.

I still need to figure something out to mount the drives.
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