Additional drives assembly

Submitted by dave on Thu, 08/03/2017 - 18:51

Hooking up additional drives:


Floppy drives are pretty much a thing of the past today.
However this Ultra floppy with card reader costs only pennies more than a straight memory card reader and can come in handy just in case you find an old piece of software that's only available on a three inch floppy disk. There are a few around you know.

Especially if your planning on using a digital camera.

The above is a solution to those who are not sure if they will need a floppy drive.

It's a memory stick reader that has a floppy drive built in.

As you can see here the metal chassis behind the plastic front will have metal knockouts where the externally accessible drives will be placed.

The holes you see in the plates that are in the shape of plus signs are made to have a large Phillips screwdriver inserted and rocked up and down until the panel breaks loose and can be removed.

Remove only the plates needed to install the number and types of drives your going to install.
These also help protect the insides from dust and radio interference.

If you had to remove the front cover to get to the knockouts replace it now.

If you have what's called a tool-less case or if your case came with rails to install drives pick out two rails.
They come in right and left to a pair.

Locate the two pins that stick out of the bottom of each rail and fit the rail to the drive so that the pins insert into the screw holes of the drive.
While still holding the rails in place insert the drive with rail into the bay slot you want it in.
If you have the rails on the right sides and not upside down the drive and rail will slide with just a little resistance into the bay slot.

If your case requires screws (my favorite type) then simply position the drive in the bay so its flush with the plastic front then using only the screws provided by the manufacturer of the drive, screw in each of the four screws until they stop don't snug or cinch them down yet.

After all four screws are in then check the front to make sure it's still flush then snug down all four screws. Again don't cinch just make them good and snug.
Repeat this process with each of the drives your installing.

After all the drives are in and secured to the framework with the provided screws it's time to attach the wires.

The wires coming out of the power supply will terminate in usually one of two types of connectors.
The oldest type and still in demand is the four pin Molex connector as shown here.


Shown here is a power supply splitter that is used in the older style of computer drives.
If you have a powerful supply and not enough power connectors you can use these to turn one connection into two.

This particular style of connector is a add on for those who have more drives than the power supply provided connectors for. 

This four prong Molex connector was the common power supply in computer assemblys until the SATA style arrived.

The second type is a little bit smaller and is usually black, this is the SATA connector