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Okay! Now I have a problem. On the SR2180NX (along with other SR21**NX Cases), there is a section below the hardware drive cage where there seems to be three slide hooks that may be used to attach another hard drive cage. I cannot figure out what the part number will be nor can I find anyone who sells hard drive cages that will fit properly in the Presario Case. I have four (4) SATA Ports, One (1) IDE Port for two (2) more IDE Drives and a Floppy Port for a Floppy Drive. There just isn't enough real estate to mount more hard drives unless I can find the cages that will fit behind the power button. I have checked HP, their list of Partners, Ebay... Does Anyone have any ideas where these hard drive cages can be found? Thanks! -Gregg

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  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    I'm thinking your best bet would be at a computer repair shop that has a bunch of old cases. Don't know your area but there are sops everywhere. You may also watch out for recycling programs that people drop off old hardware.

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If you can not find any, keep it on the floor of the case ;)

i had same problem, now , one of my hdd is not hooked on anything. Well, there can be found a cd-rom like HDD case, it should be found on any computer selle shops.

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