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    I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the case

    For ages I've loved the idea of having the hard drives round the back of the case.

    It just seemed sensible. Tidier. Prettier, My next build would be like that.......

    Then I had to work on 2 PC's within a week. In both bases (get it!!) I had to take the rear panel off and in both cases that means moving the entire PC from under the desk and frankly it was a right faff. It occured to me that, if I had a hard drive failuer on my PC, I can do it all, PC in situ, in seconds. Side of, HDD out, new one in, case side on

    In one case I also had a blown PSU to replace and man, that took some fiddling about with cables, and bending them to fit with the case closing properly without the cables pulling free.

    I think I have reverted to the Hard Drives being in the same side as the mobo and the cables all being visible.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    This is why I like BIG cases that sit atop my desk.

    The RGB glitz through the side panel is just a glorious, sexie, unrepeatable Force Majeure sort of added bonus type thing.... sort-of.... I dunno... It was already here when I arrived... Sean Connery. Hodd-dod-dod-dod-duh.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    What? Who doesn't like har... oh, unfortunate forum title shortening..


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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas



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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    In both bases (get it!!)
    No. No I don't get it. What am I missing? Is that some in joke or something?

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    For ages I've loved the idea of having the hard drives round the back of the case.

    It just seemed sensible. Tidier. Prettier, My next build would be like that.......

    Then I had to work on 2 PC's within a week. In both bases (get it!!) I had to take the rear panel off and in both cases that means moving the entire PC from under the desk and frankly it was a right faff. It occured to me that, if I had a hard drive failuer on my PC, I can do it all, PC in situ, in seconds. Side of, HDD out, new one in, case side on

    In one case I also had a blown PSU to replace and man, that took some fiddling about with cables, and bending them to fit with the case closing properly without the cables pulling free.

    I think I have reverted to the Hard Drives being in the same side as the mobo and the cables all being visible.
    So I did that, had all the HDD cables go round the back. Looked tidy, nightmare to swap a HDD. So I moved all the cables to the normal side, now the quick access caddies work a treat. Then I got fed up taking the side off. Now a I have a permanent 3.5" dock on the front. Hot swap, with power switch. Joy.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    No. No I don't get it. What am I missing? Is that some in joke or something?
    Typo'd, read 'cases'.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Get rid of your hard drives and go solid state. It's 2018. Embrace the speed!

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    .... Now a I have a permanent 3.5" dock on the front. Hot swap, with power switch. Joy.
    That. At least on newer (which, for me, is a relative term) cases, either a single-bay or in several cases, 5 or 6-drive bays.
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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    Get rid of your hard drives and go solid state. It's 2018. Embrace the speed!
    they are SSD

    they're still round the back and are actually harder to plug into as they're so squeezed to the vertical panel the power leads wont' flex properly to connect.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    I have to agree with Zak.
    However if SSD were made front mountable and could be made push to eject like a memory card, That
    would make things a lot easier.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Quote Originally Posted by MaQ View Post
    I have to agree with Zak.
    However if SSD were made front mountable and could be made push to eject like a memory card, That
    would make things a lot easier.
    with the exception of a switch to eject it that is what I've got. one 5.25 bay housing a 2.5" ssd and a 3.5"HDD both independently ejectable.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Funnily enough, I've just ordered one of these:



    I have nearly 4TB of SSDs in my rig, and that should make things a bit easier to manage around 3TB of them - fewer power cables for a start. The rest are m.2, so no pesky cables to worry about.
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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    but the issue with m.2 is they are often covered by the graphics card.
    for 2.5" SSD's I still say screw mounts, just get sticky backed velcro tape and put them where ever you want.

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    After seeing the one posted by Spreadie i had a look to see what was out there.

    I was thinking more like this..flexiDock MB524SP-B
    this one has the eject buttons


    https://www.servethehome.com/icy-doc...-hot-swap-bay/

    Cheapest i have seen it was £45.99
    https://www.alternate.co.uk/Icy-Dock...y+Dock/1360727

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    Re: I've decided... I don't think I like having hard drives round the back of the cas

    Frankly, I've never liked the trend of form over function in computer cases. Shoving stuff in obscure places because it looks pretty.

    The only reason to not have hard drives super accessible is because you're prioritising cooling etc.

    That said, I moved all my drives out of the quick slide bays into a fiddly to use 5.25" bay converter. It has an integrated fan, so the idea is to keep the drives cooler (which is also very important, especially for spinning drives), but does make it a bugger to do anything with.

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