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  • how do you guys build "racks" to keep case small?

    I'm currently building my own case and to make everything small enough I was wondering how do you guys fabricate "racks" or any kind of things to hold a hardrive up above the motherboard.

    what is the easiest and strongest way?

  • #2
    Aluminium sheet.
    Old Systems retired due to new car
    New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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    • #3
      Yeah, sure, follow Rob's way if you want strongest... but nothing beats duct tape for easiest! You do it right, it can hold up for as long as you have the car.
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      • #4
        aluminum sheet, like those little pieces at home depot? that stuff is not cheap. 12 dollars is the minimun I think. Wouldn't it be easier to use maybe the "corner" pieces? and just cut them to length?

        this does give me more ideas so thankyou,

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        • #5
          you could also mount hard plastic. you'll just need to use a strong enough adhesive/silicon
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Snortonnorton View Post
            aluminum sheet, like those little pieces at home depot? that stuff is not cheap. 12 dollars is the minimun I think.
            I use offcuts from aluminium project boxes, it's not very expensive.
            Originally posted by Snortonnorton View Post
            Wouldn't it be easier to use maybe the "corner" pieces? and just cut them to length?
            If you like. It's your case, do it your way.
            Old Systems retired due to new car
            New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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            • #7
              Be creative. Use whatever you had/found. I screw mine directly to the plexi case.
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              • #8
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                • #9
                  I screwed mine to the Lexan.
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                  • #10
                    i took the be creative route.

                    took aluminum bar stock and screwed them to the inner walls with L shaped brackets I already had for box construction.

                    they even swivel for moving around during wiring and perhaps shock support? doubtul but super easy to fabricate up.

                    now I just have to remove my seat that I already raised just to test fit the box.


                    call me cheap, but I had a spare ATX board so with a fast cpu and 1 gig of ram, so why buy a mini ITX?


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Snortonnorton View Post
                      i took the be creative route.

                      took aluminum bar stock and screwed them to the inner walls with L shaped brackets I already had for box construction.

                      they even swivel for moving around during wiring and perhaps shock support? doubtul but super easy to fabricate up.

                      now I just have to remove my seat that I already raised just to test fit the box.


                      call me cheap, but I had a spare ATX board so with a fast cpu and 1 gig of ram, so why buy a mini ITX?


                      Shot with Canon PowerShot A410 at 2007-07-06
                      Little ghetto (who going to see it anyway) but it work. Just make sure the drive isn't wobbling or you going to have a early failure HD.

                      If possible, you can try to screw the drive directly (or thrugh brackets) to either one of the 4 sides.
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                      RoadRunner is the best FE PERIOD
                      EmoRebellion is a SCAMMER

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Snortonnorton View Post
                        call me cheap, but I had a spare ATX board so with a fast cpu and 1 gig of ram, so why buy a mini ITX?
                        Indeed...! Nothing wrong with using what you got if it suffices.
                        Old Systems retired due to new car
                        New system at design/prototype stage on BeagleBoard.

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                        • #13
                          I went the route of long bolts and plexiglas. It did it's job.


                          Now I just made a case using ABS and ABS sludge. Mounted the HD to the top. Works very well for me.



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                          • #14
                            Ha!

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                            I'm just kidding, of course, but it's nice to see other people implementing it also!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MatrixPC View Post
                              Little ghetto (who going to see it anyway) but it work. Just make sure the drive isn't wobbling or you going to have a early failure HD.

                              If possible, you can try to screw the drive directly (or thrugh brackets) to either one of the 4 sides.
                              the hardrive screws into one of the brackets and the bracket that it sits directly on top does not swivel. so I don't think it will wobble. If I do have a hardrive issue I will remember that this might be a weakness.

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