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I am interested in using the Antec ISK 300-150 for a few upcoming builds but am wondering if you can put 1 3.5" hard drive in the two 2.5" slots.

The people who I build for aren't interested in SSD technology and I would like to put a hard drive bigger than a 2.5" 500GB.

Please let me know.

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Did another google search. Haven't found an answer yet.
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I am interested in using the Antec ISK 300-150 for a few upcoming builds but am wondering if you can put 1 3.5" hard drive in the two 2.5" slots.

Nope. The drives sit side-by-side.
There doesn't seem to be clearance for a 12.5mm thick drive either.

BTW that case has an eSATA port.

Now, if you leave out the (slim) optical drive too, then a 3.5" drive should fit; it's really cramped on the back, connector end of the drive.


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Nope. The drives sit side-by-side.
There doesn't seem to be clearance for a 12.5mm thick drive either.

BTW that case has an eSATA port.

Now, if you leave out the (slim) optical drive too, then a 3.5" drive should fit; it's really cramped on the back, connector end of the drive.


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So if I leave out the optical drive how do I mount the 3.5" drive where the slim drive would have gone? Is there some sort of bracket or adapter I could buy?

Or am I better off going with a 2.5" SSD/HD and adding an external drive via USB/eSATA?
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Can anyone who actually owns this drive comment on this issue?

"Drive" or case?

FYI, I own the 85-watt version of this Antec case.
I've installed drives per the manufacturer's specification, and have not tried to modify it. Hence I cannot provide any guarantees as to installing a 3.5" drive.

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So if I leave out the optical drive how do I mount the 3.5" drive where the slim drive would have gone?

The optical drive is mounted on a tray. So if four holes are drilled, then the bottom-mount holes of the 3.5" drive would secure the HDD to this tray. But I have not done this, and there is a frame member that could interfere with the drive (power and data) connectors.

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I just put together a computer using this case. Absolutely no way to fit a 3.5" drive and an optical drive. You could fit a 3.5" drive and no optical drive with some pretty good cutting and modding of the internal sheet metal brackets.
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There doesn't seem to be clearance for a 12.5mm thick drive either.

This is only partially correct.

I tried to find out if a 12.5mm thick drive would fit or not myself by searching the web and couldn't find an answer to this question so I did my own testing.

You can fit a 12.5mm thick 2.5" HD in one of the two 2.5" "bays" in the Antec ISK 300. As you can see in the picture below it sits just a touch below the metal edge of the case. The cover slid onto the case without any issues.



However, the other 2.5" "bay" will require modifying to fit a 12.5mm drive because there is a lip / flange in the way. Here you can see a standard 9.5mm drive installed in the second "bay" and how the lip overhangs the drive.



The lip could be cut off, or perhaps folded to not extend over the drive.
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I too am looking at this for my HTPC case.... I really want to shove an internal blu-ray burner in the drive bay.. but while it looks like it will fit a normal sized 5.25" drive, it claims that it must be "slim". I don't see any slim blu-ray burners on newegg.. I am safe to assume this will not fit a standard internal blu-ray burner?
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I too am looking at this for my HTPC case.... I really want to shove an internal blu-ray burner in the drive bay.. but while it looks like it will fit a normal sized 5.25" drive, it claims that it must be "slim". I don't see any slim blu-ray burners on newegg.. I am safe to assume this will not fit a standard internal blu-ray burner?

Won't fit a standard.

Have you thought about building an external bluray drive?
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Won't fit a standard.

Have you thought about building an external bluray drive?

Well my next idea would be to get an internal bluray burner with an enclosure plugged into the external e-sata connector

OR

Switch to a slightly larger case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3727197&SID=
This also adds a bit of extra power, tho also a bit of extra noise... Noise isn't a huge concern as long as the heat generated doesn't pose a problem for me hiding the htpc in my tv credenza. I did add a ventilation fan to the back of my credenza so it should eject the heat so-so but that will be a bridge to cross after building the htpc
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