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    Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    I was wondering how easy it is to fit a hard drive into an optical drive bay, and if there any easy conversion modules available for cheap?

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...203.5&doy=14m8

    Also acts as a vibration dampner

    You can probably find something similar for a couple of quid somewhere, but once you take postage into accound, being able to pick one up in Maplin locally for £6 is a pretty good deal

    EDIT: Oh here we go, this is the traditional style. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hard-Disk-Driv...6.c0.m14.l1318

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    I bought a set of these Sharkoons from Scan on their Today only (~£4.xx). Great piece of kit.
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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    I bought a set of these Sharkoons from Scan on their Today only (~£4.xx). Great piece of kit.
    Looks good, and from scan is a bonus, but I'm being a retard here i know it, but, how does that help a 3.5" drive fit in a 5" bay, hows it fitted?

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Quote Originally Posted by richieuk View Post
    Looks good, and from scan is a bonus, but I'm being a retard here i know it, but, how does that help a 3.5" drive fit in a 5" bay, hows it fitted?

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    The round bits acts as rollers. They go onto the HDD and the brackets are put into the 5.25" rails. The HDD slides in like a drawer in a cabinet.
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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    Good image

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Oh man, I have no idea which to go for...


    Prolly the sharkoon cause if you've tried and tested it, it looks good

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidM View Post
    Good image
    Yup is an excellent and clear shot (but is not my one though )

    I reckon it might be on Today only quite soon. They come on quite regularly.
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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Certainly worth dropping a request in for

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    An alternative approach would be this. Obviously not ideal for a boot drive, but I've got a couple in my machine for swapping other drives around (which I do frequently). Perfect for backups too.

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    An alternative approach would be this. Obviously not ideal for a boot drive, but I've got a couple in my machine for swapping other drives around (which I do frequently). Perfect for backups too.
    Do those ones not have a power/data backplane?

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Quote Originally Posted by richieuk View Post
    Oh man, I have no idea which to go for...


    Prolly the sharkoon cause if you've tried and tested it, it looks good

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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    I mean and...

    I was tired, bless me
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    Re: Drive bay conversion (5 to 3")

    Quote Originally Posted by Lourdes View Post
    Do those ones not have a power/data backplane?
    They do indeed, for hot-swapping. Is that a complication?

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