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Three 5.25 bays idea

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First post, by JustJulião

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Guys,

I have three empty 5.25 bays on an old beige case. There is a DVD reader in it already. I need your ideas of vintage stuff I can put there, preferably occupying all of them. Or not so vintage but looking good in a beige case. I don't have many possibilities among recent stuff without it looking wrong.

Thanks !

Reply 1 of 38, by dionb

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How old is the case/system in it?

In terms of autenticity, a 5.25" floppy and a second beige optical drive would generally be a safe bet. For older systems, a tape drive would look good.

If it's a late beige system i.e. after 2000, you get more options. Front USB, fan controllers - hell even equalizers and cassette recorders become options.

Reply 3 of 38, by Pierre32

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RaverX wrote on 2022-06-29, 10:08:

Agreed. These are great to house CF adapters, giving you easy front access to the card. Someone here made a MIDI daughterboard host that fits into one too, but I can't find the thread.

There are also those terrible drive bay speakers.

Reply 5 of 38, by TrashPanda

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dionb wrote on 2022-06-29, 10:07:

How old is the case/system in it?

In terms of autenticity, a 5.25" floppy and a second beige optical drive would generally be a safe bet. For older systems, a tape drive would look good.

If it's a late beige system i.e. after 2000, you get more options. Front USB, fan controllers - hell even equalizers and cassette recorders become options.

That reminds me, I need to find one of them cool as hell ThermalTake drive bay fan controllers .. cause retro systems sure as hell dont need the CPU fan running at 100% all the time.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 6 of 38, by BitWrangler

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Obviously this is a must...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ErL39wqO-c

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Reply 7 of 38, by TrashPanda

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BitWrangler wrote on 2022-06-29, 15:07:

Obviously this is a must...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ErL39wqO-c

I already have a cup holder which doubles as a CD drive.

Oh noes, the cap let the shmooo out 😁

Reply 10 of 38, by BitWrangler

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Heh, I would find that a minor convenience, upload a few old tapes.


Something one of our members cooked up might be of interest if you're "into" wavetable boards...
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Reply 11 of 38, by Tetrium

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So a DVD drive in one bay.
5 1/4 FDD could go in the second.
ZIP drive in a 5 1/4 to 3.5in adapter in the third maybe? 😜
Or you could use one of those old-fashioned removable drive bays 😜

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Reply 12 of 38, by BitWrangler

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QIC floppy/tape drive so you can back up a whole 80 megabytes at one time.

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Reply 15 of 38, by foil_fresh

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tiny bad speaker panel, hard disk caddy, usb/firewire/card reader (probably hard to find in beige), sound card i/o bays (audigy/live), zip drive with 5.25>3.5 cutout, fan speed panel.

ive seen a little key/stash drawer in 5.25 as well as a graphic equaliser.

i tend to just use dead or faulty cd/dvd rom drives tho.

Reply 16 of 38, by RaverX

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fragmentfi wrote on 2022-06-29, 11:07:

If it is a Windows machine, you could put the SB live drive there.

I totally forgot about that, and I agree 100%, a SB Live drive would be really nice for a 98-99 system.

Reply 17 of 38, by JustJulião

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foil_fresh wrote on 2022-06-30, 01:34:

tiny bad speaker panel, hard disk caddy, usb/firewire/card reader (probably hard to find in beige), sound card i/o bays (audigy/live), zip drive with 5.25>3.5 cutout, fan speed panel.

ive seen a little key/stash drawer in 5.25 as well as a graphic equaliser.

i tend to just use dead or faulty cd/dvd rom drives tho.

I genuinely need a fan control panel but I've never seen it in beige.
Thanks guys for the ideas. It's a i815 based system.

Reply 18 of 38, by Intel486dx33

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Silver looks good with Beige.

5.25 floppy drive
Compact flash card reader
MultiMedia card readers / USB port drive
Sony 52x CD-RW drive
Sound Blaster Audigy live drive.
Cooler Master Drive 4 fan speed and temp monitor
Hard drive enclosure
Terratec sound cards

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Reply 19 of 38, by Intel486dx33

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More photos with
Terratec sound cards

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