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#1 Cattywompus

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:05 PM

I just purchased a third HDD (all SATA). Problem is I didn't check to ensure my drive cage could support 3 drives, which it doesn't, only 2 fit. My OS is on a 300GB velociraptor(220GB free) . Most everything else is on my 2nd drive, a 500GB WD caviar blue (80% full). My new drive is a 1TB WD caviar black 64mb cache.

Could I safely use a drive unmounted in the bottom of my case? Thanks.


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:44 PM

You could..as long as the computer case is not going to be moved around or tilted in any manner and the controller's circuit board is not shorting out to the case anywhere.
The drive will jump or vibrate more in this situation, so this is not recommended for a long term solution. :nono:

However that is not a practical way of doing this...even though I have done it many times myself..not mounting a hard drive in a secure bay.
But, on the other hand, I am the only one who uses my computers and I know not to disturb the tower in any way in a situation like this. :wink:

There are hard drive mounting brackets available, that can mount the drive either horizontally or vertically.
You should invest in something like this, a lot of times you can salvage one out of another discarded computer case that someone has laying around. You'd be surprised how quickly someone would be willing to get rid of some excess junk, that could benefit you for free.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:55 PM

I have seen people drill holes in the bottom of the case lining up with the hard drive screw mounts, you should just be careful to remove the shavings from the case, in fact I would remove the components, drill, clean, and reinstall. A better way of doing it is if you have a extra 5.25 inch bay to purchase something such as this It might be advisable. That drive will work on the bottom of the case until the first time your cat whacks the side panel or a friend goes to move your computer without realizing theres a free floating hard drive flying around in there.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 12:09 AM

Have you considered an external enclosure?
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:38 AM

I didn't consider an external enclosure because I thought USB2 or IEEE would be slower than SATA. Is that not true?
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 12:16 PM

FWIW: I have (for several years now) removed my case covers and I leave some of my drives standing outside the case. I've not observed a problem at all, as long as the connections are proper. I have them upright, not horizontal as they are in the case slots.

I don't want to encourage this, but functionally it seems to present no system problems :).

This system currently has two such hard drives attached.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:57 AM

Thanks for the assist all. I removed an unused portable media bay right above my drive cage. My new HDD fit in it perfectly.
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:09 AM

Glad you found a solution, although it would have been difficult for us to suggest your solution since we had no clue you had any other open bays.

Although with the use of special brackets the optical drive bays can be used for hard drive space as well.
I could have suggested that, but neglected to think of it at the time.

Best to luck to you and thanks for sharing your solution.


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 04:40 PM

I linked one such item up above, but glad you got it figured out. Still want to be careful not to bump it. :D

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 04:47 PM

I linked one such item up above, but glad you got it figured out. Still want to be careful not to bump it. :D

Yes you are correct, I just clicked that link again and realized I was suggesting the same piece of hardware.

Please foregive and my bad memory.

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