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I'm currently searching for a new case to hold my media server. This is going into a 20" deep middle atlantic rack, so the depth must be less than 20". In addition, there are doors on the front of the rack, so I don't want the rackmount handles on the front. Any suggestions?


Can the handles be removed from a standard rackmount case, and still retain the rackmount ears?


If I don't find a case that fits this description, I'm just going to buy one of these two cases and pull out the dremel cutting wheel:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811182566
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147100
 

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I own a ARK 4U-500-CA and you can remove the handles via removing screws (as opposed to having to drill out pop rivets like you do on some racks). I also removed the front cover, it's screwed on too.


It's a good case if you don't plan on ever (or hardly ever) removing hard drives. If you will have to, it will be a real PIA. The front span that holds most of the HDD's will have to be unscrewed and pulled out to replace or add a drive into it (so you'll probably have to unhook all the HDD's in it). Do yourself a favor if you get it and only put screws in the top side of the sideways mounted HDD's.


I used it for my initial media server case, you can read about my build and a few more details of what I did to work with this case here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1095500


For instance, I removed the spar containing two hard drive mounting points as it interfered with the Processor heatsink.


I'm now on my third media server case, (I just built one using a Norco 4020).
 

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I own a ARK 4U-500-CA and you can remove the handles via removing screws (as opposed to having to drill out pop rivets like you do on some racks). I also removed the front cover, it's screwed on too.


It's a good case if you don't plan on ever (or hardly ever) removing hard drives. If you will have to, it will be a real PIA. The front span that holds most of the HDD's will have to be unscrewed and pulled out to replace or add a drive into it (so you'll probably have to unhook all the HDD's in it). Do yourself a favor if you get it and only put screws in the top side of the sideways mounted HDD's.


I used it for my initial media server case, you can read about my build and a few more details of what I did to work with this case here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1095500


For instance, I removed the spar containing two hard drive mounting points as it interfered with the Processor heatsink.


I'm now on my third media server case, (I just built one using a Norco 4020).

Thanks for your response. You review was very helpful and it is good to know that I can remove the handles while maintaining the rack ears.


I have seen a lot of people using the 4020, and that would be an ideal case if it were not 25 inches long... I'm really limited in my selection by the depth of my rack.


Anyone else know of any other options?
 

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I use a Norco rackmount case in my 24" deep cabinet. Had to remove the handles to close the door. Case is the shorter version that holds ATX boards. They make a similar case thatis a couple inchs deeper. Has rubber feet for table mounting also. Available at Mwave.
 
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