Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer
I have the armor case as well
Mine has a 5 bay 3.5" drive cage (load from side with window removed instead of from the front) at the bottom below the 5.25" expansion bays, but yours appears to have 5.25 expansion spots all the way down? Did you mod it that way, or do we have slightly different versions?
Mine is old school. High end old school model. I built LGA 775 in it originally ...
I have three drive bays. (One stock).
I bought extras on amazon for $20.
It's basically HDD's all the way down. I took out the 5.25" drawer that came stock. Also the 3.5" floppy (Lolololololololololololololololo)
I was short a space so I added the hot swap bay at the top. It works well.
I have space for side facing drives up top. There is a 3 HDD cage.
So basically it holds 13 HDDs native. Without modding. I could add another 3 with very light modifications. There is tons of room.
I been putting off the server case upgrade because really this is a nice case... And it's in great condition and works well.
The only reason I got Norco was I got a 15% customer appreciation coupon from newegg and usually those are excluded. I saved $50. They never go on sale. I could sell it ebay for my cost used probably.
I really wanted hit swap bays.
I am constantly unplugging and carry down my server to my workbench in basement. It's really heavy with 13 HDDs in it. (As heavy as my COSMOS II).
I used to mount stuff half assed but now I take my time and do it right. I double check every screw for tightness and try to prevent all vibrations and rattles. It works but its a pain. It took all day to swap motherboards and rebuild in pictures above. But result was a nice server tower with 24TB and great cooling and silent operation.
I'll be sad in a way to replace this beast. It was a worthy gaming machine in its day.
It's a pretty big case even by today's standards. It sits next to my Cosmos II so I forgot how big it was. It began to appear small to me. But when I got it alone on the workbench I realized the error in my thinking.
It's really the perfect server case if you wanted a tower and 15 or less HDDs.