Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Cyprio, 2 Dec 2006.
I'd say Cyp's last post summed it up...
Well, just got back today. But im actually off again on Thursday till Sunday.
It looks like 2.5" drives are the way to go in modded Macs eh Mr Bean? I don't think my budget will stretch to those lovely looking SAS ones though. I will have to make do with striped 7,200 RPM drives.
ps thanks crimandevil, they look perfect. Will try and manufacture my own based on those.
Well, wrt size, they are the ideal storage media, better still, you can grab 2x VelociRaptors, and remove them from the heatsink, and fit them to your case somewhere - would be pretty
And small(er), leaving space for something else - a more stealth-approach...
Keep us posted, and enjoy your break!
FYI, WD STRONGLY recommends against removing the V-raptors from the heatsinks (it voids the warrenty). Again, just FYI
So who here worries about voiding warranty? We do it all the time
Stuff Velociraptors lol. SSD Cheesecake. I can get 64GB ones for $250AUD. Perfect for an OS and game install.
i heard that the velociraptors are just as fast as most ssds though. btw:where did you get that price?
Only the best SSD's will outperform the Velociraptors - and they go between $800-$1200 for 64gig ones.
Not all SSDs are created equal, that's why I went for the SAS drives anyway.....
Sorry I was wrong, they were only 32GB models. I have seen the ^$GB ones quite cheap also.
Here is a 32GB one:
and here is another:
These prices are in Australian dollars. And the drives are 2.5" not 3.5".
Personally I am going to skip buying Raptors. I was gonna get one for my OS but I may get two of these ad put em in raid 0. They are under 1cm thick, quiet and almost no heat output.
Bahh, you can get 32GB flash drives lulz.
I think raptors are probably better than SSDs. The speed difference probably isn't noticeable enough
sweet, but a bit on the expensiveside. btw: i am australian
Sorry, I didn't know lol.
^ aint got that kinda cash im afraid!
I promised you an update so here it is, even if it is somewhat smaller than i had hoped. Too many other things getting in the way of right now.
After much deliberation i have decided to take up Mr Bean's idea of using 2.5" drives as space comes with a premium in a G5 case. Keeping my costs down (digital photography is a very expensive hobby!) i have gone for a pair of 80GB Seagate Momentus 7200.2 drives that i will arrange in a RAID 0 array.
Here they are, lovely and shiny.
Today i set about making a PCI slot mount for them as per crimandevil's idea. Cheers.
I cut a strip of black plexi and bent it around some blocks of wood using a heatgun:
Drilled some bolt holes in 2 spare PCI back plates i had lying around and used some thin double sided tape for a quick mock-up.
I used coutersunk bolts so the HDDs can sit flush with the inside of the holder and also as i couldnt countersink the PCI brackets as they weren't thick enough. Also using dome nuts for a clean finish.
The bolts needed a little trimming with my dremel. They get very hot to the touch so i always use a pair of pliers to hold them whilst cutting.
Testing the bolt length with a rubber grommet acting as a washer and hopefully reducing some HDDs vibrations.
And as far as i got...
I will add some aluminium detail around the sides where the HDDs bolts will be - possibly a case logo.
Until next weekend...
cool idea !
but wouldn't it "bend" because of the weight ?
The 2.5 inchers should be light enough, but you might want to add some extra support just in case you accidentally put some weight on it while you are fiddling around in your case. Criticism aside, this is turning out really nicely much cleaner than it started out as. keep up the awesome work!
nice system to fixed the hd and the PCI back plates are good finish
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