5.25″ drive bay accessory (storage) box

When I look online, there are two companies that I know of  that sell a 5.25″ drive bay accessory (storage) box.  Scythe’s “Kama Kabinet”, http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/075/bayrafter25rb_detail.html, and Thermaltake’s iBox, http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1156&ID=1486.

Unfortunately, I have specific requirements for my accessory (storage) box.  My requirements are:

  • an aluminum, steel, or acrylic 5.25″ drive bay
  • a hole for a padlock
  • the box will fit in 3-5.25″ drive bays

Since I am unable to find any company that sells this, I had to look elsewhere.  Therefore, I decided to go to a custom metal working shop.  I am pretty sure there are at least 1 custom metal working shop in every area.

For those looking for aluminum, steel or other types of 5.25″, 3.5″ or 2.5″ bay drive accessory (storage) boxes, getting it custom made is an option.  Unfortunately, this means that one may be required to pay a little more.  Furthermore, it may not be as pretty as the plastic ones.

The wings are an optional component that are only there to prevent the box from falling out.

Another option is to build just a box.

If the box inside a box is too expensive, the single box may be something one can afford.

Unfortunately, the width maybe too long.  Mine has tabs sticking out to hold the 5.25″ devices, therefore reducing the width to 5″ wide maybe better.  In any case, bringing in the computer box for the person to use as a model to verify the size should make it easier.

I currently have a shop that is willing to make one for $150 CDN.  Therefore, I am waiting for the results.  It is going to be a steel 3-5.25″ drive bay accessory box with a front door.

I have received my steel 3-5.25″ drive bay accessory box with a front door.  The only problems I have found so far is that:

  • the steel 3-5.25″ drive bays accessory box with a front door is smaller than the 3-5.25 drive bays.  This is what I wanted.  I would rather have a 5.25″ drive bay accessory box that is smaller than the 5.25″ drive bay than larger.  Last thing I need is a box that I cannot put 5.25″ devices above or below it.
  • the screw holes are in the wrong places.  Without a computer box to test the location of the screw holes, it is difficult to find the locations to drill the holes.  Now that I have the box, I will be able to mark the locations to drill the holes.
  • The screws used are not computer screws.  Fortunately, I have my own screws with nuts that fit.

Although it is not perfect, it is what I wanted.

 

My partial list of companies that sell tower cases with 9-5,25 bays from top to bottom at http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2009/12/list-of-computer-cases-with-5-25-drive-bays-dec-2009/

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