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Digby
08-07-2011, 11:42 PM
Hi Guys

I am planning my next machine.

I am looking for a good plain case nothing fancy. (I will buy a separate power supply)

But one that is quick and easy to open and easy to insert and remove hard drives.

So many of them do not have much room when you are taking out a hard drive that it knocks the parts on the mother board.

Any suggestions ?

Thanks

wainuitech
09-07-2011, 12:00 AM
Most of the Cooler master cases have a simple twist lock or slide that holds in the drives, no screws. One cooler master case (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=31) shows locks.Another type (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6646)

Greven
09-07-2011, 12:21 AM
I have an Antec 300 case. It is nice, lots of room & not over the top like so many large cases are

SolMiester
09-07-2011, 12:03 PM
How about a 3 drive swap-rack enclosure?...

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=392181

8ftmetalhaed
09-07-2011, 12:28 PM
my coolermaster gladiator case has the harddrive slots on screwless rails, stuck in horizontally so you can just pull the drives in and out of the side. Quite nifty, really. They're also in front of a fan (the front intake) so they get cooled n stuff too.
hah

Trev
09-07-2011, 12:54 PM
My 3 year old Thermaltake Soprano DX case has them mounted on a rack, just undo one thumb screw and push down on a clip and the whole rack just slides out.
:)

Digby
09-07-2011, 01:33 PM
Thanks guys, great suggestions.

Keep 'em comig!

DeSade
09-07-2011, 01:37 PM
I have a HAF and it has drive runners that slide out of the bay attach to the hard drive and slide back in, no tools no fuss and plenty of room.

Speedy Gonzales
09-07-2011, 01:48 PM
I use a huntkey case here. Its not too bad. Plenty of room between the cards and the front of the case. Screwless. I bought it because its got front E-sata, not because I've got heaps of hdd's (I'm only using 1 hdd)

dpDesignz
09-07-2011, 04:45 PM
I have a LianLi Lancool case. Does what you're looking for

Iantech
09-07-2011, 06:20 PM
Hi, if you dont want a big brand name case or flashy case with neon glowy bits on it. I have just built a system for a client and used a YY5801 ATX Mid Tower Black Case with Sata Top-Dock. I have added some attachments for you. It has an external SATA dock at the top for quick drive access or a standard SATA drive, the drive bays inside are cross mounted compared to convential cases (many are coming out like this now), which makes for really easy removal or replacement (no have to worry about cables, memory chips etc being in the road), case comes with a large rear mounted cooling fan.

•SATA HDD Easy Access
•Supports 2.5" or 3.5" SATA HDD
•Quick Fastener for screw-less installation of devices
•Dimension 190mm W x 438mm D x 420mm H
•Drive configuration 4 x external 5.25", 1 x 3.5" external, 5 x 3.5" internal
•Colour - black

Under $100.
Not a bad case considering some of them out there.

Hope that is of interest to you - or anyone else.
Cheers

Digby
10-07-2011, 07:28 AM
That YY 5801 case looked great.
I liked to top mounting feature
And the side on hard drive case.
But It looks like there is not too much room for the sata cables that connect to the hard drive.
This would seem to need right angle plugs, which are harder to get.

Neil McC
10-07-2011, 10:00 AM
Used this one last time .
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=372452

Iantech
10-07-2011, 01:10 PM
That YY 5801 case looked great.
I liked to top mounting feature
And the side on hard drive case.
But It looks like there is not too much room for the sata cables that connect to the hard drive.
This would seem to need right angle plugs, which are harder to get.

There is more room than it looks but right angled ones look neater. they are easily available, many Mboards come with right angled SATA cables but you can buy them seperatly from http://www.ascent.co.nz/ do a search for SATA cables and they list heaps of them, many with 90 degree ends.

icow
10-07-2011, 01:29 PM
You could get one of those cases with the sideways hdd rack thingy. Theres quite a few out there now.
EDIT: Saw Iantech's post.

1101
11-07-2011, 06:25 PM
AVOID Thermaltake (I have one, its all bling & no substance). Have to remove the motherboard to remove the PSU !!!! Overall many really bad internal design issues , not just mine but others Ive seen.

AVOID screwless cases (I have one) . They often dont hold vid cards etc in securely enough. Screwless HD mounting can actually be quite useless when poorly designed.

Avoid cases where the Power Supply fan exits the bottom of the case, put in on
carpet & the power supply airflow is blocked (Thermaltake, you dog)