I'm noticing people talking about putting an ssd and two 3.5" HDD in this unit. The manual isn't clear on this. I know the website says
Even though GD05’s diminutive size allows it to easily integrate into any home theater cabinet, it can still accommodate an impressive list of standard components such as 5.25” device, two 3.5” hard drives, a 2.5” SSD, a standard ATX power supply, and two high-end graphics cards up to 11 inches.
I had always misread and thought you could only use two 3.5" HDD, two 2.5" SSD / HDD, or one SSD & one HDD.
So I take it they are hanging the front HDD upside down, unlike in the 14 A diagram, so that half the HDD hangs out of the drive bay to allow an SSD mounted above it? Basically, flip the HDD over from what is shown in diagram 14 A for that front HDD (HDD cover facing down, PCB portion of HDD up, then 2.5" SSD mounted inside drive bay cover and facing near the PCB side of the HDD).
I thought that the description was misleading and was pretty pissed off when I couldn't fit a bunch of drives in it. In the end, I just pulled out the bracked and shoved a SST-CFP53B Hard Drive Cage in between the PSU and the front of the case to hold 3x5.25" drives. I just laid my SSD boot drive in the bottom of the case. I'm actually happy that I was forced to do this, as the cage has some nice rubber mounts that help reduce the HDD noise. Also the side fan blows right on to the drives.
I'm going to install a SSD and one 3.5" HDD. The SATA cables that came with the PSU and motherboard don't seem to be very useful because they have L-shaped right angle connectors on them. The right angles are the wrong way, pointing the wires into the GD05B's mounting bracket, case lid, and RAM sticks. The in-line connectors don't look like they can be used either. I think I will buy separate SATA cables for each drive with straight connectors on each end.
Should I install the HDD only after I have installed the OS (Windows 8) on the SSD?
I bought a 3.5" HDD bare drive not a kit. Besides the SATA III power & data sockets there's a small 2-pin socket. What is that for? None of the datasheets I can find online tells me.
ASRock H77M motherboard data connections (2 x SATA3, 4 x SATA2):