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Need to add extra bays

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I've maxed out my box in terms of hard disks, but would like to add two more SATA disks. Is there someone out there who is selling addon drive bays that I can add into the 5051 case?

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  • anja890 Dec 31, 2008

    Thanks for the response. Yes, I've used them all - the 5.25 bays with some salvaged rails, the 3.5 bays, the two at the foot of the case... card reader, floppy drive... they're all there. At this time, the only way I can see to add an additional disk is by adding a new bay, which was the start of this thread.

  • anja890 Dec 31, 2008

    I thought of that - leaving drives dangling in the case, I mean - but dismissed that as a really dangerous idea... it seemed too much like I'd be inviting something bad to happen, and knowing Murphy's Law, that'd probably end with me losing a drive's worth of data. :)

    I also did consider changing the case, which seems a terrible shame, because the 5150 case is really a fine case. I've heard too that Dell's mobos are designed for Dell cases - the cases are apparently designed with heat-sinks, etc. specifically for Dell's mobos.

    And changing the case seems like overkill when all i want is a dinky bay to tack on beneath the last bay set, behind the speaker. I wonder how hard it'll be to bend up some sheet metal myself... although, I'd really prefer to get a factory-made bay.

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Have you used any spare 5.25 in bays yet?.....the wider ones at the top when the optical drives live? .... you can get 5.25 to 3.5 in side rails to fit to hard drives so they fit in them.

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  • Derek Fuller
    Derek Fuller Dec 31, 2008

    I think you're going to have to "bodge" it a bit .... i mean the hard drives don't have to be mounted horizontally in bays you can stick them anywhere if you have cables to reach them. Have you considered buying a "Full Tower" case? They have mega space for drives ....

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