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Nomad
07-03-2015, 02:31 PM
Bought a 3.5 to a 2.5 inch kit from Computer Lounge. After using the bottom (base) screw holes for the SSD I am left with the side holes. They do not line up exactly so I am unable to mount this onto my single 3.5" bay on my Antec case. There are also no other holes to mount this 3.5" bracket onto my 5" clip-off pull out drive bay on my Antec case. Are there other kits that mounts the bracket onto a 5" bay like a normal HDD?

With the normal HDD clip off bay pull out units. They do not have any screw holes on the side. The 3.5" HDD simply screws on the base.

wainuitech
07-03-2015, 02:51 PM
Just used the ADATA 2.5 TO 3.5 Mounting Tray with Screws Only a couple of days ago, comes with 8 Screws, 4 for the SSD and 4 for the mounting. Theres 3 sets of holes on the side for mounting to the case. ( came with the SSD Drive), but can be brought separate.

This what they look like http://i2.wp.com/www.techporn.ph/wp-content/uploads/ADATA-XPG-SX900-3.jpg

Nomad
07-03-2015, 03:01 PM
Mine came with 8 screws too. 4 for the base to mount the SSD. Another 4 for the side to mount the bracket to the case. But they don't line up. This is with the single floppy drive exterior accessible drive way on the case. The holes I can see them but they are like 15% covered up. Tried to push the bracket further down but it won't budge.

Re: the normal HDD bays they do not have any side screw holes. On that clip out tray unit - there are only 4 holes on the base. No other holes anywhere.

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wainuitech
07-03-2015, 03:18 PM
Sounds a bit like the Tray ( pictured) is not designed to have another second tray attached. Most of the 2.5" Adapters are designed to slide into a 3.5" HDD slot.

Nomad
07-03-2015, 03:21 PM
drill some holes on that tray and skip the conversion kit? i did get the Antec (Sonata?) case in 2009 though ..

dugimodo
07-03-2015, 03:29 PM
You don't have it upside down? the holes don't quite work if you do but can look close.
I have a plastic adapter that fits 2 2.5" into 1 3.5" works fairly well and everything lines up fine.

wainuitech
07-03-2015, 03:32 PM
drill some holes on that tray and skip the conversion kit? i did get the Antec (Sonata?) case in 2009 though .. Whats in the current 3.5" bays ?

This Picture shows 2 slide out bays - http://techreport.com/review/6247/antec-sonata-atx-case Picture near bottom of page.


The adaptor purchased should slide into any one of those.

Nomad
07-03-2015, 04:03 PM
Not upside down. There is one 3.5" bay for a floppy drive in its day or something. Not occupied now. Picture. The side holes don't quite line up with the conversion kit. It's like 15% too high or too low ... blocking the whole screw holes. It's drilled now.

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Nomad
07-03-2015, 04:14 PM
Another pix .. to show point of view ..6263

Nomad
07-03-2015, 04:35 PM
You don't have it upside down? the holes don't quite work if you do but can look close.
I have a plastic adapter that fits 2 2.5" into 1 3.5" works fairly well and everything lines up fine.

Hmm ... there is just one 3.5" slot. On second thought if it is like the image here the holes are fully exposed. However the screws that I was given are too large. The SSD itself requires the 4 smaller screws. If I fit the larger screws without the SSD in, so I screw the screws from the SSD area it works but the Antec tray requires smaller screws.

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wainuitech
07-03-2015, 04:38 PM
Ok this will be as useless as t1ts on a bull as the tray I have is different to yours :D BUT the 2.5" Tray you have, do'nt the holes line up ( stole your Pic and added arrows) + the ADATA tray I have, the side mounting screws should line up as well. (the centers of the screws are roughly 18mm) If its possible I would change /re-drill / File the Area where the slots are to suit the Tray, -- Are you able to put the 2.5" tray into the cradle and post a Pic of the mis-alignment ?

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Nomad
07-03-2015, 05:41 PM
Well which way does the cradle conversion go? If the SSD is fully covered up by the cradle I see the holes correctly but need smaller screws due to the Antec design. If the top of the SSD is exposed then the screws are not align. Images. 62676268

wainuitech
07-03-2015, 06:12 PM
Personally I dont like covering any drive completely, they need air flowing over/around them to cool. Generally I put the exposed circuits facing Down or towards a Tray. Some do fit better one way than the other, for example on the ADATA tray, if you put the drive in one way the SATA/Power Ports over Hang the edge by 5 mm, turn it around and they are flush. Its no big deal as long as the cables are not being pressured /stressed when connected. Seen some with a real force being put on the connections.

I think the main cause could be the original Cradle is not really designed to have another reducing cradle inserted as well.

First pic, the screws should go in, why would you need shorter ? They are only normally about 3-5mm in length.

Nomad
07-03-2015, 06:55 PM
Not shorter but smaller screws doesn't go in. Smaller diameter. But drive is fully covered up.