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Case Mod - In Progress ((CASE CLOSED/ReSETTING)) mITX low-noise Home Server build log

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by AT0MAC, 14 Apr 2012.

  1. Foregasm

    Foregasm What's a Dremel?

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    I agree with your above comment, i had no idea it was a phone until you said so. great plans, you actually gave me the balls to try and make my own nas in the future. great start, and i can't wait to see where you go with this build!
     
  2. Mosquito

    Mosquito Minimodder

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    Yes, that's how the drive would mount stock.
    Nice pile of parts you have there :)
     
  3. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    Don't hope it's the line you use to pickup girls at the bar :rock:

    Anyway, more parts is on it's way as I have decided I will mount parity disc and cache disc in the 5.25 room via a Raidon iS1010-2S-S2B. Just to be sure about noise levels I will swap out the 40x40 fan on the back with a NoiseBlocker BlackSilent XM2.

    Funny fact is that there apparently is two different companies that mak pretty much the same stuff, but with little bit different features. Here is another similar brand with a similar product, but wich have JBOD support - I don't want that, I want them to be two separate drives so if this is the case I get then I hope the JBOD is optional.
    The thing I like about their model is the name: InTank! Because mine will definitely be mounted in something very familiar to a tank....
     
  4. Dreamslacker

    Dreamslacker Minimodder

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    It does not have any form of RAID/ JBOD functions. It's just marketing literature to state that it supports 2 drives connected to a controller that provisions RAID/ JBOD functionality.
     
  5. Dezzsoke

    Dezzsoke What's a Dremel?

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  6. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    I have plenty of space, but I only have one 5.25" slot so they would not work.
    Anyhow, good idea for a regular tower case! :)
     
  7. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    I thought so, just wanted to hear if other thought the same - thank you for clearing it up :)
     
  8. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    Well as I said a few days ago I now have the first Hitachi drive:


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    5K3000 2TB


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    Bought off eBay in original sealed box so never used, but just for good measures I checked if there was warranty:


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    I have told you guys I want to cool the drives a little extra, because a cooler drive is a quieter and more reliable drive, what I have in mind is to place two of my 120mm fans in Lian Li fan adapters blowing cold air in through the front and up under the drives.
    But to do that I have to cut two holes in the drive cage to let the air pass and that ment disassembling it:


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    Everything in this case is assembled with a LOT of screws, this is from the drive cage alone:


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    The end result is going to look something like this:


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    X-Ray from behind, the green square is the motherboard:


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    From the front (and yes I have cut out all the holes in the front to make it look more real):


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    The fan placement from inside the case:


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    And here are the holes I am talking about, going to make them monday with a friend who have an enormous amount of tools for this kind of job:


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    Measurements are not totally accurate as the case is stuffed away in the basement until assembly begins, my wife don't like the look of it so she asked me nicely if I could move it out of sight until I really need it, of course my dear :)




    More updates will come during the week as a lot of exiting things will happen monday and beyond :D
     
  9. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    I am thinking if I should send back one of the BS03 brackets for a refund and instead buy two Lian Li EX-332N drive cages I can mount in the front like this:


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    Would look the same from the front but air intake would be much more precise and the mounts are more vibration dampened than the plastic things the Norco came with:


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    They just fit if I cut a little of the HDD bracket away:


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    Enough room for ports:




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    I am really tempted to do it... It would expand the space from 4 drives to 6 - wich eventually would meen I should get a SATA PCI card when I reach that level of drives, as the motherboard only have 6 SATA ports and two of them will be occupied by cache and parity.
     
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  10. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    This is great, loving the current work!
     
  11. Foregasm

    Foregasm What's a Dremel?

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    The 3d models alone are porn.
     
  12. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    Measured to see if the two Lian Li EX332NA would fit:

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    About 26cm, one EX332NA is 14.5cm wide so if I can slim them down 0.75cm on each side of both drive cage I would loose the extra 3cm - it sounds possible to me so I just ordered the Lian Li's :D




    I will keep a small line of steel all the way down to the side and keeping one of the mounting holes were it connects to the side of the case.
    The only thing it's actually going to hold up is the LEDs and buttons on the front, rest is attached to the upper sheet of metal wich I will not modify at all so should still be sturdy.


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    The Lian Li cages will be mounted to the upper sheet with some small hex bolt I had laying around. No idea what I originally bought them for, but they will com in handy now :)
    Thinking if I need to stick it even better than that? Have some Locktite super epoxy glue I could wip up and fix the upper sheet to the cages, but would that be smart? Woud never ever get them off...


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    The red scratched out part is the piece I will cut out:


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    After the surgery with my fake Dremel (been all over town but seems none of the tool shops that are open here on a Sunday sell Dremel :( so had to buy a fake)
    To be honest only the tricky corner part form three pictures earlier was cut with the "Dremel", rest was a usual hack saw:


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    The "Dremel" corner:


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    Hack saw hack job:


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    Saved the rest for tomorrow, this hacking and slashing made a hell of noise and it was getting cold/late outside so wanted to get inside


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    I know I said earlier that this would not be an actual mod, but here you go - I am modding! :dremel:
     
  13. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    It is very similar to porn: It's eye pleasing, most of it unreal and does not follow actual size scales :thumb:
     
  14. Foregasm

    Foregasm What's a Dremel?

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    You sir, just made my day. :rock:
     
  15. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    As usual I got an idea just before going to bed...


    Look at the cables on this picture from earlier in the thread:


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    Every other cable in the case, like the fans and the power, will be sleeved in black - so why not these?


    Thats were Performance-PCs come into play:


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    The grommet edging is for the cutting I did today, those edges are pretty sharp and sorry to say not completely straight, so I will clean them up with some self adhesive rubber :)
    (I have been looking around in these forums this eve, and got a little embarresed about my "Dremel" skills when I see what others do with theirs - so better try make it nicer so I fit in :dremel: )


    So now this project have parts from all over the world: Denmark, UK, Germany, Netherlands and now US of A, not to mention were the things have been manufactured from, wich is mostly Asia.
     
  16. DesertFox

    DesertFox What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice build. Interested to see the finished product. What phone have you been using to take the photos, as they're pretty decent quality.
     
  17. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    Nokia N8-00 :hip:

    The first many pictures was actually only shot in 9mp until I noticed and changed to the full 12mp :D
     
  18. Guest-16

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    Great! Love this thread and can't wait to see it wired up :D
     
  19. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    You have been responding to my threads since the early stages of this build, when it was only just an idea :) You know I started with an Asus config, so I am deeply sorry I went with a SuperMicro :brrr:

    I cant wait to start using it when it is completed, this is a build that is 90% usage and 10% looks - but those 10% take a lot of effort
     
  20. AT0MAC

    AT0MAC Pirate Captain

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    Today I ended up not receiving any packages :(

    My 3TB HDD from Germany have now arrived in Denmark via DHL, so expected delivery is tomorrow morning (if it comes after I leave for work at 9:30am I will have to go pick it up in the airport nearby later in the week).

    I asked the guys who have sold me the motherboard/80mm fans/sd cardreader to return the Lian Li BS03 because a) I do not need it any longer and b) It kept the rest of my order in their hands because the Lian Li had not shown up in their stock deliveries as expected.
    So now that order is finally on it's way, some come via GLS and rest via the usual post expected for tomorrow.

    My Raidon box and fan for it have maybe been here today, if so then I will get a note for later pickup by tomorrow in my mail.

    The Lian Li EX332NA is not send yet, so no idea when it will show up...

    Performance-PCs have also only updated to notify me the order have been registered, but not actually send yet...


    Can't wait till everything is in my hands, I have a big pile of money being transported around out there :sigh:
     

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