Originally Posted by NewOrlnsDukie
I must admit that, after seeing more of your pics, and realizing that you ended up having to make some new holes in the case, I got a little worried (I'm no handyman
). I'd assume you took all the innards out before you drilled the holes, right? I don't think the mobo would take kindly to falling shards of metal...
And it looks like you took out the boot drive and its cage as well. Are you just using one of the 24 bays as your boot drive?
Taking the server case apart was easy. The build quality is quite good. The entire case is held together with dozens of screws, which are the same size as those needed for the hdd bays.Disassembly...
1. Detach all wires from motherboard and surrounding hardware.
2. Remove all fans, PCB boards and mounting hardware
3. Remove hard drive, ribbon cable and mount
4. Remove SATA cards from motherboard.
5. Remove ATX screws from motherboard.
6. Remove Motherboard
7. Remove all PSUs and the cover for the fourth
8. Remove all (a few dozen) screws that hold (sides and base) the motherboard tray.
9. Remove motherboard tray and all attached wires.
10. Remove "Back Window" from server case.
I only needed to drill about a dozen holes. Four for the Norco "Back Wall" and the rest for the brass standoffs to hold the motherboard in its new position. I used the already tapped holes to attach the Norco "Fan Wall"
The most difficult/stressful part was attaching the motherboard to the base of the server case...Assembly:
1. Line up the Norco "Back Window" with the server case
2. Mark and drill holes to line up the already tapped holes in the Norco back window... Two .25" spacers will be needed for each side.
3. Install back window.
4. The Norco back window will need to be modified
to allow for a better fit of the server case walls... I think I just made a "larger notch cut" on the top of each side of the back window... the bend it back and fourth with a pair of pliers until it snapped off... Perfect!
5. There are two pins on the top server case cover that are meant to lock into the back window... The Norco window's design will not allow for the pins... so I just tapped them out for a perfect fit.
6. Install the I/O plate
7. Line up the motherboard with the newly installed Norco back window... knock out the PCI slots to be used in the back window
8. Install the SATA cards to the motherboard and back wall to insure a perfect fit... I piece or two of cardboard should be used to raise the motherboard off of the sever case
9. With a marker, through the motherboard's ATX holes, mark the base of the server case for the brass standoffs
10. Remove the SATA cards and motherboard.
11. With a nail set/punch... remark the positions for the brass standoffs
12. Drill the holes for the brass standoffs.
13. Join two brass standoffs for each hole.
14. Screw in each standoff... using a nut on the underside if the brass screw gets stripped.
15. First, line up the motherboard with the newly installed standoffs... Second, install the SATA cards... Third, fasten the motherboard to the brass standoffs.
16. If not installing in a rack... attach/glue
four feet to the base of the sever case.
17. Attach Norco Fan Wall
with two .25" spacers and screws
18. Install (2) 80mm and (3) 120mm fans... attach wires to motherboard... (For easier installation, fasten only the center
120mm fan to the fan wall before install the fan wall to the case.)
19. Install and wire up ATX power supply to all needed sockets and backplanes.
20. Plug in modified power switch
21. With cable management in mind
... attach the (24) SATA cable to the SATA cards and backplanes... Using 18" SATA cables for the shorter runs will help keep the case tidy.
22. Install/Mount/Attach OS drive... I used a eSATA adapter
attached to the back window for the OS drive and DVD drive... (see, orange sata cables)
23. Double check wiring.
24. POWER IT ON!!!
That's it! With about an hour of tinkering... you will have a 24 bay server that is as quiet as a desktop PC.
I would be happy to help with any questions you may have.