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New 3U Case design
The mockup

This time I was going to make a better design and although the first design wasn't a success I learned quite a bit from it.

IMG_4256.JPG (434249 bytes) Measuring up for the MiniITX board
IMG_6513.JPG (913287 bytes) Instead of making one row of eight HDs like the prototype, 2 rows of four and mouting the mother board in the middle would give better airflow over the drives.
I decided to make the frames in a "mass production" style so after finishing the mockup and everything seemed to fit I used it as a template and made 4 matching frames.
The PSU takes up a lot of room so I mounted it on the outside of the case.
The front

A power button, a reset button, a power light and a HD activity light and also a 4x20 LCD to display some info about the servers.

When using 8 HDs there's also the issue of having 8 power plugs for them and this will make a lot of messy cable clutter so I made a "power rail" of some plugs and some stiff wire.
I used 4 old hard drives to get the distance right by placing the connectors on them and then soldered the wire to them.
The finished power rail with some hotmelt added to make it more stable.
Almost finished now
IMG_3649.JPG (513877 bytes) FileServer finished