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Windows 7: Got a New Case!

22 Jun 2014   #301
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Oh-kay, since you asked. Again, I'm fighting with glare, even with a satin finish.

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Not much to see. It will make more sense once it's installed in the case but that won't be until after I do the swap.




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22 Jun 2014   #302
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks, looks simple enough, making the measurements must be a bit fiddly. How did you get the nice bend, sorry if you've already went through this before.
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22 Jun 2014   #303
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Thanks, looks simple enough, making the measurements must be a bit fiddly. How did you get the nice bend, sorry if you've already went through this before.
The measurements were a bit fiddly but no worse that what I've done before.

I had the Divil's own time getting that bend because I don't have access to a sheet metal brake and the 12" x 12" aluminum I bought was a lot harder and springier than the T6061 I've used in the past. Seriously, I've seen softer spring steel in the past.

Prior to making the bend, I cut the aluminum to the length of the shroud in my little bandsaw; I left the width oversized at 12". I then guesstimated where the bend needed to be so that each leg of the resulting angle would be oversized by around the same amount to give me some room for error. I then clamped the aluminum between two pieces of aluminum angle left over from the side fan braces in a Workmate workbench. I had planned on hammering the bend in using a piece of 1/4" plywood to avoid denting while I was pulling on the free end of the aluminum; that did not end well. After muttering a few sweet nothings under my breath, I tossed the plywood and just whaled away with a 20 oz. hammer until I finally got a good sharp bend (I still wish I had had access to a brake!).

I did get some denting but I was able to hammer and file out most of it; the little that was left I was able to level with a thin layer of glazing putty during the priming and sanding part of painting it. The bend was closer to the bend line than I had expected since I didn't have a brake. After bending, I cut each leg to width in the bandsaw. I had to clamp the fence outboard since the saw frame wouldn't clear the vertical leg otherwise. Some more filing and sanding and it was ready for paint. I had to wait for a day that was cool and wind free enough in the morning outside to apply paint. We finally got that day last Thursday and Friday. I felt lousy Thursday so I did the job on Friday.
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22 Jun 2014   #304
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sounds involved but doable. I have no bandsaw nor Work Mate but have some C-clamps and angle iron. My landlord has a racecar shop and I have a bro who works in a factory that makes hydraulic drives. I can probably get some help. Maybe even some racecar body sheet metal.
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03 Jul 2014   #305
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
...Here is a reminder of what the gizmo looked like:

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This is what it looks like after painting and replacing the PCB and with a 2.5" HDD in it (I'll be putting the SSD in it when I do the swap).

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Ok, more on the gizmo and tray. In the post about it before the quoted one above, I mentioned that the only downside of the gizmo is one has to remove it from the tray to be able to install a 2.5" drive in it and also mentioned I thought that I could live with that. Well, it's been nagging at me ever since since it is a royal PITK (pain in the keister) to get the gizmo out of the tray. The obvious solution, of course, would be to drill some holes in the sides of the tray that I could poke a screwdriver through to get to the screws holding a drive in the gizmo (I hope the technical jargon isn't off-putting) but I was worried that any holes there would weaken the tray too much until it dawned on me that the little lugs that hold a 3.5" drive (and the gizmo) and the screw in the center of each side would be more than enough reinforcement to compensate for any added weakness. So, this morning I got a feral follicle shaft up my onager and went after it.

Here is a reminder of what the tray looks like. The arrows point to the mounting holes for 2.5" drives. Those are easy to get to from the bottom of the tray. The position of the mounting holes put the SATA power and data connectors in the same place a 3.5" drive's connectors would be. However, since a 2.5" drive doesn't go from side to side in the tray, like a 3.5" drive will, the tray can flex and will sag over time. So, when I saw the gizmo online, I saw it as a solution to the problem.

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However, 2.5" drives mount from the side in the gizmo instead of the bottom (see arrows). The gizmo has openings in the side that a screwdriver can be poked through but the tray does not. Thus, the need to remove the gizmo from the tray to be able to get to the screws holding the gizmo in place.

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The arrows show where holes would be needed to be able to get at the drive mounting screws in the gizmo. As I said, I was concerned holes there would weaken the tray too much until it dawned on me the gizmo would reinforce the tray.

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Figuring how to layout the holes (top arrows) was a bit of a bi...stinker but here is what I wound up with. The hole closest to the tray latches on each side had to go through a taper on the other side and are too close to the locating lug alongside it so the bit drifted a bit (mutter, mutter). I had to take a file to those holes to pull them back to where it belonged, hence the raggedy look. You can see the drive mounting holes through the holes in the tray (lower arrows). Perspective makes it appear the holes are misaligned but they actually lined up surprising well.

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This shot shows that a screwdriver goes through the side of the tray and aligns up with the drive mounting holes just fine. The original holes were just going to clear a #1 Phillips head screwdriver (the appropriate size for the M3 screws 2.5" drives use) but, after filing out the two holes that drifted, those were able to accept a #2 Phillips so, being the anal old bi...broad I am, I drilled out the other two holes to also clear a #2 Phillips.

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I'll now be able to easily R&R drives in the gizmo without having to remove it from the tray. 'Tis odd how being lazy can be so much work.

I may be moving the innards from my current rig to the new case this weekend, depending on how I feel. Our "monsoon" is finally arriving and humidity levels will be going up which will reduce the potential for problems from ESD.

I'm just going to temporarily use my present SATA data cables for now. One of the drives I'm currently using and up to 7 more in the future will be fed data from my HBA card that has to use SAS to SATA forward breakout cables. The remaining drives, present and future, get fed from the MOBO. Due to a lack of room to stuff the extra cable length of all those DATA data cables (14, including ODDs, swap bays, and e-SATA port), I will need to make custom length SATA cables I can then bundle and sleeve. I will cut down over length cables to the correct length and solder new connectors on the end (that gives me an excuse to buy a new soldering iron that can handle that fine of work; whoohoo, new tool!). I stumbled on a place that had the connectors last night and ordered some. That is going to be one SERIOUSLY TEDIOUS job! Yes, I am insane!


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03 Jul 2014   #306
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Well done!
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03 Jul 2014   #307
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Well done!
Thanks, NoN!
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03 Jul 2014   #308
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Thanks for the update and good luck moving your system over to your new case. I know you don't need any advice but my Tammy always tells me don't rush, take your time and check the connectors and cards are plugged in where they are supposed to be once twice and then again before you fire her up. There is something I always forget like HD led backwards or speaker beeper one connector over. Of course you'll have to do a step by step photo shoot so we can all be enthralled. Seriously you tell a good yarn.
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03 Jul 2014   #309
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, Tony! Yeah, I'll take my time doing it when I do it. I'll try to remember photos although it will be kindasorta like watching paint dry.
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03 Jul 2014   #310
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
However, 2.5" drives mount from the side in the gizmo instead of the bottom (see arrows). The gizmo has openings in the side that a screwdriver can be poked through but the tray does not. Thus, the need to remove the gizmo from the tray to be able to get to the screws holding the gizmo in place.
Is (was) that the way the drive tray came, or is the current drive mounting point thanks to your modifications? If it is stock, I'm surprised that the drive tray wouldn't have holes to allow the screw driver to get to the screws needed to mount the drive the way they planned.

On that note, not sure if you know of it already, but I stumbled onto a very interesting drive mounting bracket while searching for something for my case. Ever seen the Lian-Li EX-35A3? Nothing quite like four 3.5" AND two 2.5" drives in three 5.25" bays. Very tempted to get one myself for my new build..
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