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Unread 07-22-2002, 04:07 PM   #1
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Another version of a useless mod...
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Unread 07-22-2002, 04:08 PM   #2
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I am embarassed....
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Unread 07-22-2002, 04:09 PM   #3
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a new low...
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Unread 07-22-2002, 11:28 PM   #4
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I think its definitely a creative mod, and probably looks sweet inside a case with a window and a watercooling setup with lights. Nice Job!
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Unread 07-23-2002, 12:19 AM   #5
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a few questions/comment:

1. Ive seen a few people do that how did you protect from getting dust on the "internals" of the drive

2. how is the cover attached, it looks like glue

3. have you noticed any problems with reading/writing info to the drive

4. it looks pretty darn nice, maybe ill try it
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Unread 07-23-2002, 10:13 AM   #6
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I hope you made a new breather hole for the drive somewhere.
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Unread 07-23-2002, 10:24 AM   #7
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Hello Tony,

1. In order to protect the drive from getting "contaminated" by dust etc., I followed an approach where I tried to control the working environment as much as I could while employing speed in the removal and mounting of the new casing. To this end I did the following: I prepared the window before touching the hard drive. The frame for the window was made using a 1/8" solid , square acrylic rod which was glued to a 4"X5-5/8" glass pane.The actual mod itself was performed in my bathroom after letting the hot water in my shower run for approximately 15 minutes. The resulting humidity in the air will "attract" dust and minimize the possibilities of contamination. Afer preping the work area, I removed the screws to the drives original casing and removed it. I placed the new cover on as quickly as I could (a couple of seconds). I placed rubberbands to hold everything in place and proceeded to apply a silicone cement around the edges of the drive where the drive and window met.

2. Yes, the window is attached using silicone cement.

3. No problems whatsoever. Note, I would never do this to my primary drives (I use 15K seagate scsi drives in a raid array).. I use the modded drive for file storage (video, music files etc.). If it were to fail, it would not be a great loss.

4. Thanks for the nice comments...good luck!
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Unread 07-23-2002, 10:29 AM   #8
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Hello Ice,

I attached an LED to the window frame. The small gaps that exists where the wires for the LED and the frame meet should be sufficient to act as a breather hole.
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Unread 07-23-2002, 11:52 AM   #9
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Looks awesome. Hehe funny that just to see it, you keep the HD outa the case
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Unread 07-23-2002, 01:52 PM   #10
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Hi Kev,

That case I was using was just for testing...I will be placing that drive in the case shown here...still a work in progress.

Cheers!
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Unread 07-23-2002, 01:53 PM   #11
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different view of the case i will be using:
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Unread 07-23-2002, 03:10 PM   #12
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that looks like a western digital
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Unread 07-23-2002, 03:31 PM   #13
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good eye sanjuro Wd 7200 rpm drive (20G).
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