Hot-swap HD question

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Timzee
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Hot-swap HD question
Jun 28, 2012

Looking at buying a new desktop PC and would like to configure the tower case with hot swappable, trayless HD slots. I assume that a device such as this would be what I need?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998020

Also, given I'd like to add multiple slots, I'd have to know how many open eSATA ports the case has, but that's not a spec I generally see on the main vendor type sites. (?)

Any general advice/comments on going this route appreciated.

fft81
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In reply to Timzee, Jun 28, 2012

Number of SATA slots should be listed on motherboard description. PC description may list MOBO model. Cheap HP/Comaq etc PCs most likely have crappy PSY, which may not have enough connectors to power as many HDs as you want to add. I build last 4 PCs i had and i remember maintaining/upgrading my parents HP was royal PITA. If going with retail PC, have they configure it for you.

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Timzee
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In reply to fft81, Jun 28, 2012

Appreciate the input.

Still considering going the do-it-myself route, but lately time is pretty tight so I'm weighing all my options.

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Number of SATA slots should be listed on motherboard description. PC description may list MOBO model. Cheap HP/Comaq etc PCs most likely have crappy PSY, which may not have enough connectors to power as many HDs as you want to add. I build last 4 PCs i had and i remember maintaining/upgrading my parents HP was royal PITA. If going with retail PC, have they configure it for you.

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Jen Yates
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In reply to Timzee, Jun 28, 2012

Rather than one bay per drive, it might be worth looking at a '5 in 3'

http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=48

Even if you're not using them all at first it keeps your options open.

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Timzee
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In reply to Jen Yates, Jun 29, 2012

Interesting. I wonder about the possibility of cooling issues but worth a closer look. Thanks for the link.

Jen Yates wrote:

Rather than one bay per drive, it might be worth looking at a '5 in 3'

http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=48

Even if you're not using them all at first it keeps your options open.

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fft81
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In reply to Jen Yates, Jun 29, 2012

Jen Yates wrote:

Rather than one bay per drive, it might be worth looking at a '5 in 3'

http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=48

Even if you're not using them all at first it keeps your options open.

The last 2 computers i've built had these 5in3 bays.

1. They work well, removing drive from bay requires taking out 4 screws; no big deal.
2. They have fan in the back to cool drives.
3. they take 4-pin atx and SATA power connectors.
4. kind of useless for laptop users since there is no ac/dc converter.

EDIT

installing was a pain; the aluminum rails in the case between the 5.25 slots get in the way; had to dremmel them off.

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