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Mounting a 2.5" drive into a 3.5" bay [Apr. 13th, 2008|06:32 pm]



Couldn't sleep the other night and was between womanizing and drinking. I'd been meaning to set up RAID 5 on my media center to house about 1.5 terabytes of space spanning of a bunch of disks so, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.

Decided I needed a really small disk for a barebones XP config as all it had to do was run Windows MCE. 20 gigs was plenty and I had a spare 2.5" laptop drive that fit the bill.

But how to mount that sucker?

As it turns out, Maximum PC had just the trick a while back and I had exactly four rubber bands and ONE chopstick, that was the perfect size when snapped in half.

After only 30 mins, was able to mount it.

As for the RAID 5, well, that sucked hard; essentially JOBD that I concatenated for now but it's on my to-do list.

Back to the rum.


From: n5red
2008-04-13 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm booting my latest server from Compact Flash. CF to IDE adapters are available cheap from DealExtreme.com
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[User Picture]From: logan607
2008-04-13 10:59 pm (UTC)
That's @#$@#$@ brilliant!

Any special software I need? Are you using solid-state?
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From: n5red
2008-04-13 11:01 pm (UTC)
It looks like an ordinary IDE drive to the system.
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From: kyzoku
2008-04-13 11:35 pm (UTC)
I've seen a similar thing used to mount 3.5s in a 5.25 bay for vibration reduction. Couple of things to be wary of though. Without the metal on metal contact to the case, the drive will run slightly hotter, and when using conventional rubber bands, you'll have to watch out for them drying and snapping in a year or two.
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[User Picture]From: logan607
2008-04-14 01:50 am (UTC)
I worry about that too - but, for better or for worse, I'm always tinkering with it so I'm going to try and make sure I replace those rubber bands on a regular basis.
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[User Picture]From: tonytraductor
2008-04-14 12:07 am (UTC)


What ever happened to chewing gum and baling wire?
Maybe duct tape?
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[User Picture]From: girlsgirlsgirls
2008-04-23 03:22 pm (UTC)
that is so rad.
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