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Anyone know how to vertically mount a hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kiregar, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. kiregar

    kiregar Thread Starter

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    Hey all,

    I was wondering if anyone knew how to vertically mount a hard drive? I've seen them in PC magazines and would like to do it to my system. I'm looking at getting a raptor hard drive with a clear window on it to place vertically in my system and have it facing the side window so when the hdd runs I can see the platter spin and the reader arm move from the side case window.

    I've searched on the net for a case that would let me do this but haven't found one yet. If anyone has any info about it, I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance, kiregar
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    There is nothing special or magical about a HDD mount.

    As long as the drive is secure, and the mounting does not apply any distortional (twisting) stress to the HDD case, any bracket arrangement will do.

    Whan all else fails, duct tape will still work...
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Double sided foam sticky tape.

    Velcro with adhesive backing would be my choice. :)
     
  4. Brum

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    lol, while duct tape and foam will work...

    I would still feel safer haveing it very securely in there. its not good on a hdd to take a fall. I would simply go down to your local hardware store and find something you can create your own mounts with. a small peice of metal with a 90 degree bend is all you need. (I on the other hand would just go out to my shop.) Find a couple peices of metal like that, drill holes in them, screw them on your case and mount your drive. Doesn't cost much of anything and you know your drive will be securely mounted.

    like kiwiguy said, "there is nothing special about a HDD mount."
     
  5. BlueBelton

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    All excellent advice. The only real "no-no" is to create extra screw-holes in the HDD itself (which no one has suggested). You might get away with it but you might also cause havoc. Apart from that...

    Also remember HDDs can become very hot so metal brackets touching them may act as a heat sink and actually be helpful. Don't completely cover them in duct tape etc as this might retain the heat.
     
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    ... Or melt...
     
  7. BlueBelton

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    LOL Quite!
     
  8. Brum

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    As much as I love duct tape, I'm surprised there isn't any in my case yet. LOL.
     
  9. kiregar

    kiregar Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys,

    I've seen a bracket on http://www.xoxide.com/sunbeam-wherever-pci-rack.html that looks like it could do what I want. If I don't find that case that already has the vertical mount in it, I'll probably go this route. I wish I could remember where I saw that case, it was in a magazine either cpu or maximumpc. Again, thanks for the suggestions guys(y) , I appreciate it:D . kiregar
     
  10. Brum

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    That doesn't look like a bad deal actually. I might have to try that the next time I have a computer that doesn't have room for another HDD. Personaly though, I would have rigged something myself. (pry with duct tape.) My rig up wouldn't be very "Profesional" probably.
     
  11. kiregar

    kiregar Thread Starter

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    Yeah, I thought it might be a good idea to use that little bracket. I haven't gotten that far yet, still waiting on the case to be shipped to me. Will post pics of the mod and system once I get it underway.
     
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