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I've been reading a lot of case mods on your forum in both the "work logs" and the "ghetto rigging" thread and I've seen a lot of custom solutions to drive cages. I haven't seen any really obvious relatively easy ways of creating one or any specific guides (unless i missed it?).

So are there any guides or perhaps does anybody have any guidelines on efficiently stacking hard drives with some space between each and securing that stack to a chassis? I mean something for noobs and "casual" types who don't have the skill or equipment for skill saws and welding things...

Here was one of my creations using pieces of metal that I think was intended for patching something...or something:



Didn't working out too well because it could simply fall forward or backward on the stilts.

So if anybody has any suggestions, tips and/or links please post!
 
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Put 2 metal supports here on both sides. That will keep it from falling forward/backwards.


    
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run a brace across the bottom and top and it wont fall foward or backwards anymore.
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I will try and see if that works. But another idea has occured to me recently which is to buy one of the many office products out made out that relatively solid mesh material, poke holes large enough and attach the drives on both sides with stand-offs.

Something like this:

Use one divider per wall on either side, attached with stand-offs...

Or perhaps this "mini-hutch" would be used in some fashion:

Take out the drawers, remove the shelves except the top one maybe and bam! drive cage.

I would have to get out the tin snips or hack saw or something to detatch and possibly shape it but what you think?

Good idea...bad idea...did I just totally blow you mind?

Well I saw a mod once (on that mini-itx site I think) that was a case made out this mesh entirely...so probably not that original
 
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You could always utilize the drives themselves like I did in the shot below to provide rigidity to your HDD cage, and if un-occupied it would take up less space in your case.



Or attach the rack to somewhere inside your case with something like this:



Good luck.
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I made a post here about something I designed: http://www.overclock.net/t/1329750/official-cooler-master-haf-xb-club/4140#post_20554855

The idea is a 3d printed (so plastic, not metal) drive rack that'll hold 2 3.5" drives and a 2.5" SSD in the exact height of 2 5.25" bays.



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1. you should had made a new post instead of necro post

2. i remember someone told me that there are some stuff you cant make with 3d printing , like that part , you can make the floor , the walls , but you cant make the roof "upper part" of the cage , there are some heavy industrial expensive machines that could do it , but i think your best approach would be of a multiple part
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2. i remember someone told me that there are some stuff you cant make with 3d printing , like that part , you can make the floor , the walls , but you cant make the roof "upper part" of the cage , there are some heavy industrial expensive machines that could do it , but i think your best approach would be of a multiple part

True. It is possible to make with support material (a sort of honeycomb grid filling the empty space) that would hold up the roof while the plastic was applied and dried. However, it's not worth it. I'm considering other options now, one of them being laser cut acrylic that will be put together. Alternatively I could do what you said and 3D print the walls with grooves and slide the the floor and roof into them.
I get the case tomorrow, much to figure out before I worry about that.
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