Reinstalling the Hard Disk Drives – The Last Bend
After Seagate admitted to messing up my RMA by only sending me one of two hard drives, they did step up to the plate, and shipped me the second one via over-night shipping.
The hardest part of this whole removal and reinstallation of the hard drive cage assembly is going to be plugging the LED connectors back into the Splitty9 under the reservoir on the back side here.
I removed this upper front pull fan for access to the LED wires.
After I removed the waterblocks from the hard drives, you can see that the spindle area makes great contact, but the circuit board area really didn’t make good contact.
I had enough of the 1mm thermal pad material left over to cover the spindle areas of both hard drives, and I purchased a sheet of 1.5mm thermal pad to cover the circuit board area. I had to buy more thermal pad material anyway, and I think this will work a little better.
Now to put the LED harnesses back in, and remount the hard drives in the cage.
Zip tied the harnesses around the back side.
Hard drive cage ready to reinstall.
Reinstalled the top tube from the hard drives to the upper radiator on this side.
Time to put the hard drive power cable, and SATA cables in while there is better access without the lower tubing in place.
The Last Bend
I had to dig the bending board out for the last bend for this build. When I originally made the tube from the hard drive waterblocks to the SSD block I was not sure how the tubing was going to exactly work out for the video cards since I did not have them yet.
I had previously made the tube from the hard drives going to the front port on the SSD waterblock, as the instructions actually show the rear port as the input port which would come from the video card blocks. I’m going to redo that tube so that it goes to the rear port because I like the way the tubing from the video card waterblocks blends nicely going into the front port of the SSD waterblock.
Looking at the waterblock here I don’t think it really matters which way the water flows through this block anyway. Especially since the SSD doesn’t even really need to be water cooled. I would suspect there would be less than one degree difference in temperature as to the flow direction, if there is any difference at all.
If I was really thinking ahead I would have made this tube like this to start with then I could have merely shortened it if I needed to. Anyway here is the last tube to complete the loop.
I did not test these hard drives first... just going for it, and hope that they work ok