Posted on December 3, 2004
The big justification for this small form factor enclosure was this gizmo, which packs five 3.5" drives into three 5.25" drive bays. It has fans to provide extra cooling, so it IS noisy... in this I gave up quietness to get low power and small size (and crazy high storage density)
My attention turned to the enclosure; the standard tan is boring, and didn't match the drive enclsoure's gray-black. The knockout for that extra 3.5" bay up top bothered me, so I patched it with Bondo and sanded it smooth. I also glued a cover over the bottom drive slot, as the drive enclosure only uses the top three (and the motherboard takes the fourth :)
The only port I regularly use externally is the NIC; I have a remote-control application for the PC, so no keyboard or mouse are required. However, I didn't want to knock a hole in the side of the enclosure... so the Dremel was called upon again, this time to do away with an otherwise useless ISA NIC. I chopped a few inches off a LAN cable and soldered it to the remainder of the NIC, and voila, an extension was born.