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Guide: Fueler's Custom Modded Folding Rig


Hard Drives:

I thought up all kinds of fancy ways to mount the hard drives, but sometimes the simplest way is the best way.
Two aluminum bars mounted to the center of the case will hold one drive on each side offset slightly, so that the drives line up with where the ribbon cables are.

Here's a quick look from the left, right, front and rear of the case with most of the components installed.

oldfett: How are the hard drives attached to the motherboards? All I can see is the IDE cable going under the motherboard.

Fueler: I guess when you say that all you can see is the IDE cable going under the mobo, you are referring to where the cable folds over to the back of the mobo from the IDE connector on the mobo.....right?

I folded, bent and mutilated the cables until I got them into a shape like this so that they would fit into the 1/4" of space behind the motherboards.

You can see here, where they exit from behind the boards and plug into the drives.

I/O Backplate:

This next part I wasn't really looking forward to doing, because I knew it was going to be a pain and time consuming, but it needed to be done and I'm glad to have it over with.
Since I bought OEM boards, they came barebones including no I/O shields, so I had to measure where everything was and then cut them out on the mill.....a slow and tedious process, because if you try to go too fast, the acrylic just explodes into pieces.

But I finally got it finished and installed....just a little clean-up left to do on the edges.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Frame
  3. End Caps & Castor Wheels
  4. Power Supply
  5. Hard Drives & I/O Backplate
  6. Fan Brackets
  7. Top Fan Grill
  8. Panels
  9. Panel Retention
  10. Weight Reduction
  11. Finishing Touches
  12. Project Complete! (well, almost)
  13. Kill Those Watts!
  14. The Finished Case (Final Pics)
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