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Creative Uses For Extra Drive Bays?

timothy posted about 4 years ago | from the mousetrap-in-the-dark dept.

Hardware Hacking 366

sheetsda writes "For many years now PC cases have included 3 or 4 or even more external 5.25 inch drive bays. These days with the proliferation of USB thumb drives and gigabit Ethernet, even my DVD drive has been gathering dust since OS-install-time. Before that when combination CD-RW and DVD drives were nonexistent or expensive that still leaves and extra drive bay or two. What exceptionally inventive, useful, or clever uses have the community found for this extra space? Bonus geek cred for solutions making use of the power rails inside the case."

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First toast (5, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | about 4 years ago | (#33173816)

'Nuff said. [crazypc.com]

Re:First toast (4, Funny)

n1hilist (997601) | about 4 years ago | (#33173886)

Pfft, nVidia have been doing that for ages! And now with 3 way SLI I can do 3 slices at once!

Re:First toast (4, Interesting)

adonoman (624929) | about 4 years ago | (#33173978)

Personally, I prefer the cup holder / cigarette lighter [crazypc.com] .

Re:First toast (1)

herdingcats (21219) | about 4 years ago | (#33174190)

hell, has everyone forgotten that any spare cd/dvd player _is_ a handy-dandy retractable cup holder?

Cigarette Lighter and Cup Holder Bay Insert (1)

Esteanil (710082) | about 4 years ago | (#33174266)

I much prefer the Cigarette Lighter and Cup Holder Bay Insert [crazypc.com] , guaranteed to break up fellow geeks, and it holds cups, too!

The SPARCplug (5, Interesting)

bhima (46039) | about 4 years ago | (#33173818)

You can read a little about it here: http://wiki.auroralinux.net/wiki/SPARCplug [auroralinux.net]

Re:The SPARCplug (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 4 years ago | (#33173852)

Is that a computer... in your computer?

Re:The SPARCplug (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33173910)

Yo dawg, I heard you like computers, so I put a computer in your computer so you can compute while you compute.

Re:The SPARCplug (2, Funny)

ApolloX (1017440) | about 4 years ago | (#33173918)

Yep, and they should sell a USB stick that goes inside that, that functions as another computer!

Re:The SPARCplug (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 years ago | (#33173964)

So you can compute while you compute....

We did hear that you like that.

Re:The SPARCplug (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 4 years ago | (#33173998)

I'm pretty sure I measured it out once, and figured you could fit a GameCube inside a PC Case. Although possibly not in the drive basy. Probably somewhere underneath the drive bays where there is a lot of empty space. I think this is a great idea. Have a computer in your computer, So you can flip a switch, access your read only internet browsing computer, and do your banking, without having to worry about whether keyloggers and other MalWare are recording your every move.

Re:The SPARCplug (2, Interesting)

hitmark (640295) | about 4 years ago | (#33174034)

didnt gigabyte demo a motherboard with built in atom cpu and kvm?

Re:The SPARCplug (1)

keith_nt4 (612247) | about 4 years ago | (#33173980)

Not as creative as the SPARCplug, but similarly there's the Artigo mini-computer. It runs on a VIA x86 (or x64) processor and originally at least it was made to fit in a 5 1/4" bay. Integrating it with the main OS of the desktop would probably take more effort than the sparc since it looks like the sparc has that in mind.

Here's the artigo page: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/embedded/artigo/ [via.com.tw]

Re:The SPARCplug (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | about 4 years ago | (#33174088)

Interesting ... sort of the inverse of the SunPCI card [wikipedia.org] .

Umm, more drives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33173856)

It even uses the power.

Re:Umm, more drives? (1, Insightful)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | about 4 years ago | (#33173916)

Ok, how many 5.25" drives do you really need in a non CD/DVD replication computer? I have an HP Supermulti-drive (multiple DVD formats, all CD formats) w/Lightrscribe. What other need do I have for a second (third or even fourth) drive? Would you put an external drive out of it's case and put it in your PC? What's the point of buying the external then? I mean seriously.

Re:Umm, more drives? (2, Informative)

hedwards (940851) | about 4 years ago | (#33173940)

If I weren't using those drive bays for my radiator, I'd probably use them for hotswap SATA drives. Makes it a bit easier to dual boot and do backups.

Re:Umm, more drives? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 4 years ago | (#33174060)

I used to make quite good use of 2 drives when I got my first CD Burner. One drive for reading, one for writing, that way you didn't fill up your tiny 4GB Hard drive with CD images. It was also useful if you wanted background music for games that also required the CD to be present. It worked really well when CD drives used to be just passive audio fed directly into the sound card, because you could have whatever music you wanted playing in your games, without using extra processor cycles.

Re:Umm, more drives? (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | about 4 years ago | (#33174180)

Havn't you peasants heard of RAIT?

Or is your life expectancy so short dont you do backup any more?

Rent it out to homeless ppl (1)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 4 years ago | (#33173868)

for cheap.

BAY AREA SMALL SPACE RENTAL (5, Funny)

blai (1380673) | about 4 years ago | (#33173924)

For only $600 a month. Barely used, like new!*
Guaranteed bay view.

*Driver not included

cable management (4, Insightful)

Vandil X (636030) | about 4 years ago | (#33173872)

I simply tuck the excess ribbon and power cables in the empty drive bays. Even easier if you get some cable management clips, the kind with adhesive to stick to the wall of the bays. This way you maximize airflow and such.

Re:cable management (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 4 years ago | (#33174032)

I've really wanted to get a modular power supply [tigerdirect.ca] so you don't have to worry about all those extra wires. Pair that up with SATA CDROM and hard drives, and you'd elimiate all the big wires from your case.

Re:cable management (1)

omglolbah (731566) | about 4 years ago | (#33174156)

Sadly most of them have a pile of "default" cables that cant be removed. This usually includes the motherboard and 6-pin GPU cables.

These cables need to be long to reach "any" configuration so they tend to need space to be tied down :(

Re:cable management (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 4 years ago | (#33174290)

Looking at the picture of the one I linked to, it seems like all of them can be removed. I don't see why they would only make some of them removable. Although I don't think there would be that many people who would would remove the motherboard cable.

More hard drives. (3, Informative)

RobVB (1566105) | about 4 years ago | (#33173874)

Three 5.25" drive bays above each other can hold a case with four 3.5" drive bays and a 120mm fan. Thermaltake sells them, as do zillions of other companies.

Re:More hard drives. (5, Interesting)

Nkwe (604125) | about 4 years ago | (#33173922)

Three 5.25" drive bays above each other can hold a case with four 3.5" drive bays and a 120mm fan. Thermaltake sells them, as do zillions of other companies.

Five drives actually. [newegg.com]

Re:More hard drives. (1)

Spazmania (174582) | about 4 years ago | (#33174048)

The five-drive cases suck rocks when it comes to cooling. There isn't enough space between drives to move the air. Thermaltake's 4-drive converter actually keeps the drives cool, improving their life span.

Re:More hard drives. (1)

hitmark (640295) | about 4 years ago | (#33174062)

makes those maxi-towers that are all 5.25" fronts quite interesting as a NAS.

Re:More hard drives. (1)

Pentium100 (1240090) | about 4 years ago | (#33174172)

Yea. I have one of those. It has 11 5.25" bays, so I am using 6 of them to mount 8 hard drives, I also have mounted a DDS4 tape drive and a DVDRW drive (I also had a LTO drive in there, but moved it to an external enclosure to better cool it) and have 3 bays left for another 4 hard drives. Though I would need a IDE or SATA controller (or buy SCSI drives) since all I have left now is one connector on an IDE cable.

Re:More hard drives. (2, Interesting)

click2005 (921437) | about 4 years ago | (#33174066)

Re:More hard drives. (1)

Pentium100 (1240090) | about 4 years ago | (#33174142)

2.5" drives are more expensive per gigabyte than 3.5" ones.

Also, they are smaller in capacity, probably 5 3.5" drives would have the same capacity as 8 2.5" drives.

Re:More hard drives. (1)

Spazmania (174582) | about 4 years ago | (#33174264)

More drives = faster raid. And that's before considering that 2.5" drives have an inherently faster seek time than 3.5" drives simply because of the smaller circumference of the platter.

Re:More hard drives. (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 4 years ago | (#33174300)

More drives = faster raid. And that's before considering that 2.5" drives have an inherently faster seek time than 3.5" drives simply because of the smaller circumference of the platter.

But slower transfer because the on-platter density is typically lower. Know your workload, and all that.

Re:More hard drives. (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 4 years ago | (#33174316)

oops, that wasn't Preview. .... and if you really care about seeks put SSD's in front of the hard drives, with ZFS or bcache type technology. You can cut your power consumption by 80% too. As they say, "ZFS loves cheap drives".

Re:More hard drives. (1)

Pentium100 (1240090) | about 4 years ago | (#33174326)

In that case you can use SSDs - even faster seek. Also, 15000RPM drives are even faster (though they are only 2.5" with larger drives being the same small disks but in a bigger case). I usually need capacity and do not really care about speed - as long as the drive can sustain 40MB/s linear read to feed the LTO2 tape drive.

As the system drive on my main PC I use a 36GB 15kRPM drive. All other computers have 10kRPM but quite old (9 - 18GB) drives as system. Data storage drives usually are 7200RPM and connected to IDE (two drives per cable, 4 drives per two port controller plugged in a PCI 32bit/33MHz slot).

Re:More hard drives. (1)

arth1 (260657) | about 4 years ago | (#33174312)

Also, they are smaller in capacity, probably 5 3.5" drives would have the same capacity as 8 2.5" drives.

When running RAID, that's a plus for the smaller drives. Losing 1/8 of the space to parity is better than losing 1/5. Plus, it gives you greater versatility. 8 drives lets you run RAID 5+0, for example.

Another plus for the smaller drives is that it's easier to spin them faster. The momentum per platter is lower, and the risk of the head aeroplaning is smaller due to lower angular velocity. Which is why the Velociraptor changed from 3.5" to 2.5" (in a 3.5" package). This lowers latency and access times.

Then there's cooling. The surface area is relatively higher the smaller something is. 8 2.5" drives will have more exposed surface than 5 3.5" drives.

The larger drives excel at sustained transfer speeds, as the head easily covers twice the distance as for a small drive at the same spin rate. And you need fewer SATA/SAS heads to hook them up.
But that's about it.

Re:More hard drives. (1)

PhrstBrn (751463) | about 4 years ago | (#33174342)

You can get better IOPs and throughput with 8-2.5" drives vs 5-3.5" drives in a disk array.

Re:More hard drives. (1)

calzakk (1455889) | about 4 years ago | (#33174072)

Where's the fan?

Re:More hard drives. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174140)

Re:More hard drives. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174150)

d'oh, it's on the rear!

Re:More hard drives. (2, Interesting)

actionbastard (1206160) | about 4 years ago | (#33174176)

Three 5.25" bays hold twelve 2.5" drives [addonics.com] with a combined capacity of twelve TB [newegg.com] .

Re:More hard drives. (1)

Salpula (1598505) | about 4 years ago | (#33174302)

Seriously do this and set up a Raid-5, then grab handbrake and start ripping all your media to it. If you want to you can then buy an ION based nettop(around $200) and setup an HTPC wherever your TV is and get full hardware decoding of video, and your whole library on demand!

Fleshlight (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33173876)

Bonus geek cred: Heated.

Re:Fleshlight (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174348)

MOD PARENT UP!

Erm, I mean - what's a Fleshlight?

Card readers / more front ports (2, Insightful)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | about 4 years ago | (#33173892)

Card readers / more front ports

Stack hard disk drives in RAID (1)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | about 4 years ago | (#33173898)

If you have old-ish disks around, you can build a RAID array (0, 5, whatever). It will increase the performance of your machine.

For some reason I always liked how 5"1/4 bays provided a lot of space in between 3"1/2 disks, which is probably better in terms of heat management. I remember putting up to 10 disks in a medium tower, using all 5"1/4 bays for disks (who needs a CD when you can install your OS on USB?).

Re:Stack hard disk drives in RAID (1)

sheetsda (230887) | about 4 years ago | (#33174220)

I already have a 2 TB RAID0 in the internal bays of my case, and have only used a third of it over the past year and a half. A substantial chunk of that amount was copied from my previous machine (0.5 TB RAID0 there, and again extra 5.25 bays). Others have suggested more ports, but my motherboard [asus.com] supports 12 USB ports out of the box and I find I don't have need of that many much less any more. The toaster suggested by a poster above is more along the unusual/creative lines I was thinking. I don't think I'd use one of those, it'd be messy and a cooling nightmare. :)

Cheers,
-The submitter.

Software RAID (1)

jonsmirl (114798) | about 4 years ago | (#33173914)

Build a software RAID array. Your disk performance will be significantly faster since reads can be parallelized out to multiple disks.

Re:Software RAID (1)

DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (655625) | about 4 years ago | (#33174022)

Yup, a little excessive but I have eight discs in my rig at the moment, five of which are in those removable caddies and form a 2.5TB array, RAID 6 so two redundant drives. Call me paranoid but I know that one drive will die during the period i'm replacing an already duff drive...

Fleshlight mount (3, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | about 4 years ago | (#33173920)

Warmth and vibration for your Fleshlight. [fleshlight.com]

A cup holder (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33173926)

A cup holder, of course.

install lots of usb ports (4, Funny)

FudRucker (866063) | about 4 years ago | (#33173930)

then start collecting usb thumbdrives and make a RAID array with them.

Re:install lots of usb ports (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 4 years ago | (#33174286)

Or RAIDing the hard-drives. The hard-drive is often the bottleneck these days. If the files could be split across multiple drives it may speed things up, if the OS can handle splitting.

Was I the only one who misread that as... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33173932)

Creative [labs] uses an extra drive bay :) ?

Water-cooling pumps (2, Informative)

Freddybear (1805256) | about 4 years ago | (#33173952)

You can fit a water-cooling pump and controller system in a 5.25" drive bay.

A Toaster? (0, Redundant)

fluor2 (242824) | about 4 years ago | (#33173960)

How about a toaster

http://www.crazypc.com/other/misc/toast.htm [crazypc.com]

Re:A Toaster? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174184)

Only YOU can prevent duplicate posts!

Front-panel goodness (4, Interesting)

Shrubbman (3807) | about 4 years ago | (#33173972)

I recently just dropped one of these [dealextreme.com] in my system the other day. Doing a search for "front panel" on DX can yield quite a number things to fill up those front bay slots with.

Re:Front-panel goodness (1)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | about 4 years ago | (#33174296)

I dislike multi readers like that because every card slot shows up as a drive letter in windows. So I tend to use a USB external card reader.

Whats the point? (4, Interesting)

adosch (1397357) | about 4 years ago | (#33173976)

I've been through the days where I wanted to do zillions of case mod's to my desktop PC; everything from a 5.25" toggled-switch fan controller bus to microcontroller-controlled lighting system that steals/slaves the 5v power from the PSU (which was pretty bitchin', btw).

All I'm saying is if you're super duper struggling to find a DIY solution to extra 5.25" bays in your PC and went as fas as to ask slashdot'ers what they think, I'd either: 1) just buy a new, slimline case that doesn't have extra bays, 2) take your girlfriend/wife/best friend out to lunch or 3) keep the money in the bank; anything else is just going to be a geek-fad money pit that'll die out sooner than it takes you find another idea to use that empty space for.

One idea (4, Interesting)

JanneM (7445) | about 4 years ago | (#33173982)

Use the space as a shelf and place your external networked backup drive inside. Just because it's logically separate doesn't mean it has to clutter up some corner of the room all by itself. Or your wifi station, though you'll need to let the antenna stick out of course.

toliet paper storage... (5, Funny)

xeroedouttwice (1873324) | about 4 years ago | (#33174006)

...for those times when you need to clean your keyboard.

Lockbox (5, Interesting)

meerling (1487879) | about 4 years ago | (#33174008)

A key secured storage space for things like usb thumb drives and my password mini-list. Stuff that's important enough to not leave lying around, but not so important it would really hurt if someone else got it. (like root passwords, full password logbook, credit/debit cards, etc.)

Re:Lockbox (1)

noidentity (188756) | about 4 years ago | (#33174238)

So if your computer ever gets stolen or seized, you lose the things in that box too. Nice.

Re:Lockbox (1)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | about 4 years ago | (#33174304)

Indeed. Granted, if they have the time and capacity to yoink your desktop, a lockbox would be just as easy to take. ...unless you have it bolted to the floor or wall studs (but even then...). Best design I've seen was one sunk into the concrete floor. Easy to miss and good fucking luck making off with that.

Though now that I think about it, having a half a dozen around the house as decoys would be great to confound and frustrate any thieves.

Re:Lockbox (1)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | about 4 years ago | (#33174306)

Is there a repaired solution? I'd love to see one if you have a link. Especially if it were wide enough to fit important DVDs.

Another idea (1)

JanneM (7445) | about 4 years ago | (#33174014)

How about a small fridge unit, enough to cool a few cans of beer? I'm sure ThinkGeek could come up with something that'd fit right into two bays, with a separate spring-loaded bay for each can.

Re:Another idea (1)

gblackwo (1087063) | about 4 years ago | (#33174108)

And you want to put the heat created from cooling those beers where? Into the already hot computer?

Re:Another idea (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 4 years ago | (#33174212)

You could probably vent it out of the top of the computer.

I do not care (1)

houghi (78078) | about 4 years ago | (#33174024)

My PC is as far away as possible in the corner under my table. I have a USB DVD player on my desk and a USB connection for all my other things I want to connect to it (Camera, ...)

But if I had to select something, I would go for this: http://us.gizmodo.com/gadgets/images/beer_pc.jpg [gizmodo.com]

Re:I do not care (1)

Pentium100 (1240090) | about 4 years ago | (#33174198)

You like 50C beer?

Re:I do not care (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174384)

Must be European ... ;)

F U F Me (5, Funny)

gmiernicki (1621899) | about 4 years ago | (#33174052)

http://goo.gl/BLBo [goo.gl] Too bad they don't sell these anymore. Mine works great!

Re:F U F Me (1)

ifij775 (1873338) | about 4 years ago | (#33174130)

That's a classic!

Re:F U F Me (1)

cjpa (796302) | about 4 years ago | (#33174196)

Man! That's been a while someone mentioned FUFME! Was already a meme when i started to read /. in the late 90's.

Flipstylee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174064)

I'm rocking a toaster, got 3 drive bays and a power supply that's otherwise wasted... might aswell have toast while i rip sh*t... keeping the butter solid is my most recent quandary...

Power supply (3, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 4 years ago | (#33174082)

An acquaintance of mine converted his extra bays in a full-size tower to a storage space for often-needed electronics. There were drawers for transistors, LEDs, regular diodes, some ICs, and the other little bits he used often in his robot-building hobby. The top bay had a current limiter in it, cleaning and isolating the power supplied to plugs on the front, fed from the PC supply.

Re:Power supply (1)

NFN_NLN (633283) | about 4 years ago | (#33174372)

An acquaintance of mine converted his extra bays in a full-size tower to a storage space for often-needed electronics. There were drawers for transistors, LEDs, regular diodes, some ICs, and the other little bits he used often in his robot-building hobby. The top bay had a current limiter in it, cleaning and isolating the power supplied to plugs on the front, fed from the PC supply.

I found one. Cool idea: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811997201 [newegg.com]

you put your weed in there! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174096)

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/989051/

multi-drive hot-swap kit (2, Interesting)

Rudeboy777 (214749) | about 4 years ago | (#33174102)

I realize not everyone runs RAID 5 on their PC, but I do and for maximum convenience and cooling, convert 2 of those bays into 3-drive hot-swappable goodness.

http://www.istarusa.com/rackmount_chassis/product/BPU-230SATA/2x5.25_inch_to_3x3.5_inch_SATA2.0_Hot-Swap_Backplane_Raid_Cage.aspx [istarusa.com]

There is a large fan behind the drives which keeps drive temperatures very low (especially since I've only got single-platter 500GB Seagates in there).

This is a MUCH better option than multiple single-slot 5.25" trays with their tiny fans and lousy cooling.

I'm pretty sure this manufacturer does even larger units occupying 3 bays (RAID 10 anyone?)

Removable HDD Readers, displays or Ports (3, Informative)

DrBuzzo (913503) | about 4 years ago | (#33174122)

Check out some of the removable hard drive readers on this site:
http://www.cremax.com/product_pagein.html [cremax.com]

They have SATA readers that do not even need a caddy. You can just pop a "naked" sata drive in and read it. These days drives have gotten so cheap (and many of us have so many extra ones lying around) that they can be used as removable storage. They have IDE drive readers too. Usually the drive needs to be mounted in a caddy for those. Of course, IDE hard drives are more or less obsolete, but some of us still have a pile of them that are still perfectly good.

Of course you can add extra ports too. USB hubs, firewire ports etc etc. If you want a lot of configuration, check out this site: http://frontx.com/ [frontx.com]

You can build your own combination of USB, Firewire, audio, video and other ports. It's always handy to have some extra USB ports and also it's nice to have things like a headphone port or even something like an ethernet port or a video-in port.

Finally, extra drive bays are great for adding additional information displays to your computer. There are a number of LCD, LED and VFD displays out there. The VFD displays look pretty nice. They can display anything you want - stuff like CPU load, system temperatures and upload/download speeds. They can also display RSS feeds or, if you use the PC for media it can display song titles, video file names or television channel information.
Here are some examples:
http://www.matrixorbital.ca/products/pcbayinserts/ [matrixorbital.ca] http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/caseaccessories/imon-ultrabay [quietpc.com] http://www.xpcgear.com/a2331media.html [xpcgear.com]

monitor (5, Interesting)

Emmeau (673110) | about 4 years ago | (#33174136)

build a monitor in the drivebays http://tweakers.net/ext/f/yH7HML9VL2L3Rk5OK5grdosF/full.jpg [tweakers.net] full story (dutch) http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1359397/0//scherm%2Cdrivebay [tweakers.net] All credit goes to Terw_Dan here, not my mod. Very impressive, and most useful solution of the drivebay space i've seen so far.

Re:monitor (1)

houghi (78078) | about 4 years ago | (#33174280)

This is so cool. Mod parent up. It is better then all the "Put HDs in there" posts and is actually a good idea.

Front Panel Sound Bay and 120mm Fan (1)

sanosuke001 (640243) | about 4 years ago | (#33174168)

- I have a sound card with a front panel bay with RCA inputs, mic/headphone jacks and volume controls as well as some sound preset buttons which takes up one bay.

- Three other bays (my case has 7 total) has a 120mm fan enclosure for air intake (cold air in front of the case means i don't recycle warm air from the back)

- Two bays have a BD-RE/HD-DVD combo drive and a DVD-RW

- The last bay has a fan speed control bay with four nobs to tune fans in my case.


Some other interesting things I've seen are water cooling reservoirs with see-through ports; looks cool if you use fluorescent liquid additives. Also, some HUD-like bays that display system status info; I've even seen some with USB connections to get info from within the OS like HDD/RAM/CPU usage and temperature information.

Store User Guides, Manuals, Invoices, Warranties (5, Informative)

Cycloid Torus (645618) | about 4 years ago | (#33174178)

When I finish a build, I fill a ziplok poly bag full of all the stuff which I got with the parts I used for the box. Then I stuff it in a 5.25" bay which doesn't block ventilation. Sure beats looking though the stack of paper under my desk or in boxes or spare part bins.

You put your... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174202)

You put your weed in there!

hard drive bay (1)

null8 (1395293) | about 4 years ago | (#33174216)

I have on of those http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=2542 [coolermaster.com] Also, It depends on what you prefer.If you are a "usefull hardware" guy, take a hard drive bay, if you are a system administrator, buy a toaster or a coffe mug holder(unless you use cd-drive tray for that).

5.25" floppy? (2, Funny)

toonie (1231874) | about 4 years ago | (#33174224)

Stick a 5.25 inch floppy disk drive in there, just for the pose value.

May case only has 5.25" bays, 9 of them (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | about 4 years ago | (#33174254)

Nine external 5.25" bays and some fan modules(120mm) that fit in three bays with mounts for three 3.5" drives. at first you might thing it is a waste of space to put one 3.5" drive per 5.25" bay, but the extra space allows for airflow around the drive keeping them nice and cool. Thermaltake M9 and there are a few others with an identical 9-drive configuration.

aquarium? (1)

AffidavitDonda (1736752) | about 4 years ago | (#33174284)

how about a mini aquarium? would look funny...

Fans fans fans (4, Interesting)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | about 4 years ago | (#33174318)

I have a nice HD bay fan [newegg.com] It works out great, because my HD bays are directly in line with my CPU heatsink, I got a couple more MHz out of my overclock upon installing this,

what do you do with these drive bays? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174320)

you can put your weed in there

Micro Grow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33174362)

Grow you favorite flavor of head stash, a Micro Grow

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