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Ok,

So this is going to be fun.

I developed a reputation around work with being savvy fixing computers.

For some odd reason, I took on the task a fixing a Vaio Desktop, SFF.

I didn't know it was an all in one monitor, pc, etc.

The hard drive failed, so I commenced to taking the thing apart. After not seing the HDD anywhere, I googled it. VGC-V517g

This dang thing is renowned for HDD failure. The highly educated people at Sony mounted the HDD in a sealed chamber directly on top of the PSU.

How smart is that? These things overheat roughly a year, year and a half from the date of first use.

I'm postting because I will update the progress, it will probably turn into a mod

Either inventive hole cutting and cooling fans, or an enclosure the attaches to the back of the unit. Right now their is no way I could buy a drive cooler, as their is only enough room for the 3.5 maxtor to wedge in there.

(BTW. Maztor's have a history of crapping out on me too )


Here's a Pic for now. I will take an actual pic when the camera arrives back at home.

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Use a 2.5" laptop HD and mount a small fan instead.
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Use a 2.5" laptop HD and mount a small fan instead.

I didn't even think about that! What do they call the converter? I'm off to Fry's right now. I have about 4 ata laptop drives. I never did use a laptop drive in a pc. What kind of adapter do I need?
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Next up, clever mounting method 2.5", think adhesive will do?
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post #5 of 10
u don't need any adapter cept for maybe the mounting bracket for the hard drive. I know what u mean bout those VAIO's my friend was fixing a similar one exept its a All in one and getting parts for those is a royal pain!
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Next up, clever mounting method 2.5", think adhesive will do?
LOL i don't know about that i do know that there are some mounting brackets that could do the job. don't have a link tho, ill look around...
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I didn't even think about that! What do they call the converter? I'm off to Fry's right now. I have about 4 ata laptop drives. I never did use a laptop drive in a pc. What kind of adapter do I need?
I assume the PC uses SATA? Most 2.5" HDD are SATA as well now so no adapter needed.
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No adapter would be needed, although I'd look into a cooling solution similar to a Western Velociraptor
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depending on the room you have maybe you could go for some HDD heatsinks but maybe an external HDD would be best?
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Blowmyclub - Nice Av, a Vantec dual 40mm heatsink didn't fit, so I went with 2 50's by themselves. right now one on the bottom back (having issues drilling, and one on the top (completed)

Duckieho - This thing is a P4 Had an ATA drive in it, so I went with an ata-6 2.5 that I had from a burned out hp laptop.


I will take pictures, but right now I don't want to take a pic with a half cut hole

I'm using a HD aluminum insert tray from a circa 2000 dell inspiron. It also allows me to use the four mounting threads on the bottom to secure it to the inside of the 3.5 housing. I just tapped four holes.

Basically the idea is to intake on the bottom under the hdd, and exhaust directly above it. There was absolutely no room to mount the fan on the bottom.

I just need to find a decent looking way to create exhaust vents on the top and bottom of the plastic shell.

I know, wortless without pics.


Since the HDD cage is only 1.5" thick, I need a craftier way of drilling, because the drill bit starts biting into the bottom (which is the PSU), before the hole saw starts cutting.

It's so not worth the trouble, but it's for a friend, and the Machine is still worth it to him
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