Mounting new hardware in vintage hardware
vp at cs.drexel.edu
Sun Feb 12 20:29:09 CST 2006
Roy J. Tellason <rtellason at blazenet.net> wrote:
> But no drill press or serious holding hardware to do that in.
Surely you can improvise, just screw the metal bracket to a piece of
flat wooden surface (e.g. leftovers from IKEA bookcases). I also find
that its easier if you start with a very thin bit to drill a guide hole.
> One further complication is that the ones for floppies were designed to hold
> the drive right flush up against the front panel, while the ones for HDs
> held it much further back, giving better airflow. If I *did* drill holes
> for the purpose the HD would be much too far forward, depending on which
> case I was sticking it in.
Ah, yes, in that case you may want to copy a scheme that was used on
Olivetti servers. These had 10-15 5mm holes on the plastic panel sitting
in front of the drive (the thing you remove if you want to mount a tape
drive or CDROM). These provided more than adequate ventilation for the
drives which were placed just behind the panel. I have used the same trick
on a machine that had a bunch of Seagate 75Gb SCSI drives (these were
getting real hot) and it allowed sufficient cooling to let them operate
24/7 in an office environment.
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