What are some neat add-ons to put in the drive bay if i have an external optical drive for the rare occasion a disc will be used
has to be somewhat practical too please so no mini ovens and stuff like that
How many 5.25" bays do you have available?
I'm working on a homemade server, and I'm using a shitty mATX case. I'm gonna get a hard drive cage to fit in the 5.25" bays. You can fit four 3.5" drives in three 5.25" bays, or three 3.5" bays in the space of two 5.25" bays.
Fan controller? Frontal USB hub or card reader? LCD display?
You could probably do that yourself. Pry off the front of some old or broken disc drive, and stick it onto the drawer. Recess the drawer a bit so the faceplate sits flush with the case.
I've got 2 of those drawers I got for $6au for the pair.
Best thing i bought for my pc, never lose my keycap remover anymore, product keys are in there, allen keys, screw drivers, all my peripheral cables.
10/10 pc addon
if one really wanted to go the extra mile one could make their own entirely out of an old optical drive, gutting out the metal case. That way it still looks legit even if someone opens the case.
I don't even know what I'd hide in such a compartment but the idea is fun.
I have one, it fits full sized jewel cases, a bit flimsy as its all plastic.
Also reddit thread on this topic.
I have two of those drawers in my case and can confirm they are indeed extremely useful.
The spring mechanism inside breaks very easily but it's not hard to rig something up to get into them.
Uh, are you looking for high quality or something?
Bitfenix makes a USB 3.0 front panel card reader.
What in the actual fuck
Thats a cool addon. No idea how id actually make use it but there must be something.
I'm planning on getting this. Not only will it be faster than my USB 3 dock, but much more cleaner too.
Only problem is I've already got a fan controller in my spare 5.25" bay, but I think I'll be able to put it inside the case. I don't use it that often.
The next case I buy will have at least three 5.25" bays, preferably four.
I use a hot swap bay (pic related). It's pretty neat to have sensitive data (porn) on a seperate hard drive that you can eject and store at a secure location whenever you want. I also plan to use it for backups.
Connect all your HDDs to it except your boot drive and have it run transmission and a samba/ftp server. Bam, Seedbox and NAS. You no longer have to keep your noisy, hot, power-hungry machine on when you want to watch a movie in the living room or leave a torrent downloading overnight, and when you want to go to a LAN or something you don't have to bring your NAS too, it's already there.
If it had NICs you could use it as some kind of firewall or IPS.
They're the kind of drawers that you push on to latch open and closed. Works well enough for a while, but the mechanism for it is tiny and flimsy so it doesn't take long for the cheap plastic to break and leave you with a drawer that won't open or close.
>please so no mini ovens and stuff like that
Why would someone want to put a mini oven *inside* of their computer case? I'm confused why people would want a totally unnecessary heat source radiating inside the computer.