best way to fix 2.5" hdd to desktop case?

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greenfrank
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best way to fix 2.5" hdd to desktop case?

Post by greenfrank » Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:31 am

I'm considering to swap my 3.5" hdd (annoyng loud) for a quiet 2.5" hdd. Which is the best way to fix it firmly to the pc case?
Maybe with a sort of bracket like this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0022451319

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Post by Lawrence Lee » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:04 am

Those brackets would be best if you want it secure. Though I would use a tight suspension with screws on the bottom of the drive so it can't slip out.

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Post by xan_user » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:15 am

You could make your own out of ridged plastic. (recycled hopefully)

I had some green house polycarbonate leftovers laying around, worked great for non standard drive mounting. I just bent it into a similar shape as your link and drilled a few holes. 8)

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Post by greenfrank » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:37 am

Thanks for the suggestions, I will try to adapt some plastic with screws. Anyway 2.5" hdds don't generate much heat, so rigid plastic would be fine (don't melt).
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Post by Cirkus » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:24 pm

I use the type of brackets linked to in the first post. They work fine for me but the holes for the screws are partly located in the wrong places. Only 2 out of 3 holes line up correctly with the 3.5" drive cage and they are not positioned in exactly the same height as on a 3.5" drive.

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Post by jhhoffma » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:40 pm

I think the rigid plastic would be quite bad for vibrations. Lightweight and stiff, generally are not good for keeping vibration down.

I'd go with Lawrence's suggestion. It's much easier to keep a laptop drive secure with elastic than a heavier 3.5" drive and it will work wonders for vibration issues.

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Post by gcann » Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:32 am

Lawrence Lee wrote:Those brackets would be best if you want it secure. Though I would use a tight suspension with screws on the bottom of the drive so it can't slip out.
Hello, could you please link some images of this? I'm going to build a desktop pc with 2.5" hdd. Thanks :D

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Post by jhhoffma » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:23 am

Sort of like this (it's a 3.5" HDD), where you use the drive screws near the suspension cord to keep the drive from slipping out the end. You don't have to loop the cord around the screws, but having them inside or outside the cords will keep the drive from moving beyond that point. Note, I'm talking about the screws in the bottom-rear of the top drive.

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Post by gcann » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:49 pm

nice, thanks

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