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Wednesday April 29th:
So I decided last night that I needed a better solution to hold the hard drive. The zip tie method I had was okay, but I wanted something that was a little more secure. So I grabbed the Thin Client and headed up to the local Do It Best hardware store.
I showed the guy where I needed the plexi and how I wanted it to sit. There is enough support, and a screw hole from the bottom of the case that it should be stable and secure. We measured and he cut. I had to pay $1.50, normal price would've been $1.00 but he jammed his finger cutting it - fair enough
I like it. So I set the plexi in the case where I want it to sit, and marked where I needed to drill for the hole to secure it into the case. I also flipped it over and marked where I'll need to drill for the hard drive screw holes on the bottom of the plexi.
I drilled my holes using a small bit first at a low speed. Then I changed the bit for a larger one that fits the screw size required, and drilled again. They fit perfect.
Because the screw at the bottom of the plexi is not enough to keep the mount from rotating into the CPU fan, I drilled a hole for a zip tie to go through and hold it against the hole on the side. After I ran the zip tie in the hole and tried to put the case back together, I realized that hole was for the top of the Thin Client's case. I was, however, able to run the zip tie into one of the many side vent holes on the bottom of the case. This holds the plexi securely in place without it sliding into the CPU fan.
Then after all this I found that the corner of the plexi was sticking out too far for the case to close. So I again unscrewed the plexi and cut the corner off.
Finally, everything fits, it's all happy, I'm able to remove the protective plastic coverings. And I must say, I was quite impressed with the looks.
I'm a lot happier with this mount setup rather than how it was previously. Should hold it quite a bit better.