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    [Scratch] Project: Crimson Server Desk Module (Update: 14-04-14)

    Hi Guys,

    Iīm currently only a couple of days away from finishing APASF (which hasnīt had any updates in months due to work and life in general getting in the way) but that should be done real soon, a lot of more has gone in to it but Iīm saving it for one big final update.

    Anyhow enough on that.

    This new project has many "new" things for me.

    1: Itīs the first project I actually plan for an extended period of time. APASF, Fallout Cause SP, PS2 Corset, etc where all simply ideas I had in my head and they just developed as I did the projects. On APASF, having such major modifications to the case I realised how important it was that certain things I should plan out ahead to save me trouble later on when certain things didnīt work out the way I wouldīve liked them to.

    2: Even though Iīve done quite a few casemods, improved my paint effects skills tenfold and learned a lot, I felt itīs time I did my first scratch build. The reason I had never done one before is merely because I like to have a "canvas" if you will to work on, therefore prefering to do casemods. In this case (no pun intended) however itīs different as the following project is meant for my room, as an extension of my desk and Iīll get in to the details further down the text. That said, I do expect this project to be relatively simply in design, work put in to it and final look, being my first scratch build, I donīt feel comftable overdoing it in design and details as I tend to do with casemods.

    3: Itīs the first time I do a project which I intend to use myself rather than just doing it for the fun of it (and having my everyday pc on the side)

    So, a lot of "new" aspects to this project and a lot of potential things that could go wrong but the fact is, this project is essentially an experiment, if I enjoy doing it and would like to improve my skills with wood I wil most definately do more in the future, with the final idea being a wood take on my APASF project on a much larger scale (you wouldīve though everyone would be sick of steampunk by now but hey!)

    Right! Now thats all out of the way...

    ...letīs start with a bit about the concept of this project. The idea is simple. In my "mancave" I have one desk thatīs long enough for my 3 screens and my PC and next to it, on the left, is an extension "desk" or "module" mostly for aesthetical reasons, it fills up the side of the room nicely and adds more space to store stuff in, place crap on top, etc.and next to it thereīs another piece thatīs only for storage.

    So, under this "desk-module-thingie" is my bin and my server. Itīs one of those servers that we use for media streaming around the house (2 floors with 3 rooms and the lounge with TVs in all of them), downloading over night (our connection is rather crappy at only 3mb, so big downloads happen over night), music streaming and general storage. Itīs one of those where we put all the old hard drives that are kind of small for todayīs main PCs but still work perfectly and would be a shame not to use them, so for example, thereīs a 160Gb in there, a 250, 2x 500 and 1x750Gb.

    Unfortunately lately the server has been failing, a couple of the sata ports donīt work all the time (the HDDs are fine though), the motherboardīs ethernet stopped working a long time ago, so it has an added pci card for that and in summer it gets very hot due to poor ventilation. Yes I could add more fans or even liquid cooling, but you have to understand itīs a pc with all the old hardware inside that only has a sharing purpose so, spending money on upgrades just to extend itīs life a bit doesnīt seem right. Itīs an old M2N ASUS Motherboard with an AMD X2 3400+ and in summer, the poor thing suffers (we get up to 45c on a hot summer day in the south of Spain, so the CPU easilly reaches 70-85c). and the hard drives... wow.... yes. Iīve also never liked the fact of having the server on the floor, it gets very dusty, dirty and generally ugly. But I donīt really have space on the desk plus, itīs kind of ugly so donīt really want it up there.

    Hereīs a picture of the current desk-module-thingie with the server (and bin, of course) under it.



    The concept of the project is to replace this desk-module-thingie unit with one that will match the desk on the right and storage unit on the left as this one does. This new unit will have the same height, width and depth but the actual "box" will be deeper using all the space between the top and the metal legs (which I will be re-using from the current unit in order to match the style of the rest). The surface will have nothing on it as it will be partial glass/acrylic (depending on what seems like the best idea) and 200mm fans with filters in strategic possitions (one above all the hard drives and the other I havenīt decided yet (as in I know where it will go but not what to put under it). The reason for this fans being on top is because thereīs no breathing space on either side of the desk nor the back, and I didnīt want them on the front. Within the "desk-module-thingie" will be the server, that is, same hard drives but new hardware, thatīs right, Iīve decided to retire this server for good.

    By doing this I hope to integrate the server and by doing so, keeping the same style of furniture within my room and adding a stylish surface with the server in it and solving once and for all, itīs heat issues, dust issues, etc.

    Yes, I know, weīve all seen a lot of desk mods, and some of them are trully great and amazing, BUT! has anyone ever seen a desk-module-thingie-mod before?! Didnīt think so.

    Letīs start then.

    I went out and bought the screws, drill bit and a new tool for my collection, basically some of the stuff Iīll need to do this.



    As I said before, Iīve actually been planning this for a while and checking out loads of projects from several moders out there, to see how they worked the wood, problems they encountered, etc. By doing some research I encountered my first issue. The fact of how expensive good wood is. Donīt get me wrong, I have no trouble paying whatever I need to pay if it means Iīll be happy with the result, be it hardware, tools, materials, you name it. But! being my first wood experience I figured it would be criminal to get good wood and potentially screw it up and have to get more, and essentially not do it justice, so. I took the desk-module-thingie apart and saw that it was made of plywood, which was surprising as I always though plywood was weak and not sturdy yet this thing is rock-solid, so figured, well, I could do it with plywood as long as I can find something as good or better than this. Went down to my local wood warehouse and in deed, I found some stuff thatīs actually a lot better, and they even offered to give it a "wood-look" finish, it also happened to be cheap enough so I went for it.

    Now, I have some pictures of the wood itself, which I had them cut to the right sizes (obviously, measured everything up weeks ago in preparation for this) but they are in the camera which I donīt have right now (the first picture I put earlier in this thread is done with my phone and so are the other three you will see before this post is over, so I will add the others later on and everything from then on will be done with the camera I normally use.


    (Future edit: Insert wood pictures here).
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    The front openings I can do (and did) myself, for the switches, optical drive, sound card bay unit and fan controller but the top I really needed a CNC machine to do the grooves nicely, which is where the glass/acrylic will fit on and since I needed to do that, might as well get the CNC machine to also do the fan holes (which are quite specific as you will see). So, went back to the wood place and they did have a CNC machine there, sat down with the computer guy (never thought Iīd say that in my life), and we went through the CNC program with the measurements and all that. Now. normally Iīm against having someone else do a part, no matter how small, of my project, but I donīt think I had no choice here. Anyhow, Iīm really happy on how it turned out, so I put all the pieces of the "box" togueter (no legs yet, obviously), without screws, just to see how it would look so I could show a couple of pictures, so here goes.

    First, with the back off:



    And with it on:



    Now I know itīs obvious I did the front holes myself as they are not perfect, it was weird cutting wood compared to metal which is what Iīm used to and I think I may just need to use just a bit of filler in order to get it spotless, but you know, not bad for my first time right?

    Thereīs another piece of wood within that structure that you donīt notice but I have to tell you about it because it is important. Itīs a fake base. Itīs where everything will be mounted on and what not. so you may ask, why a second base for that? Simple. between that base and the real base, thereīs about 2cm of empty space, the purpose of that is the following. On the fake base all kinds of holes will be done to pass through cables, connections and all sorts of other stuff that will be stored in that space between the fake base and the real base, for the simple reason of Cleanness, no cables, better air flow, looks muchs nicer, specially since youīre going to be able to see the inside from the top.

    Of course this makes it somewhat complicated if I need to change a part, add cables whatever once everything is finished, so, in order to that, easilly, the next item in the list is to cut a square of the true base and mount it back on itīs place in the form of a trapdoor. So, you canīt see it but itīs there for when I need to access cables or do some tinkering from underneath.

    In terms of hardware, the last pieces I needed arrived today:



    So the complete list is the following, basic stuff mostly:

    Asus P8B75-M LX Plus
    Intel Dual Core G645 2.9Ghz
    2x Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 1333 PC3-10666 4GB (1x4GB) CL9
    Liteon IHAS120 CD/DVD SATA
    Asus U3S6 PCI-E which adds 2 more USB3 ports and 2 more SATA 6gbps ports.
    Conceptronic PCI which adds 2 more SATA2 ports and one IDE port (I have one old 500gb IDE hdd that I didnīt want to waste).
    Sharkoon Media Reader 2.5" (for the front).
    Kingston SSDNow V300 60GB for the OS.
    NOX Hummer M 650W 80+
    2x Lamptron Vandal Resistant Switches (red iluminated)
    Lamptron FC9
    A few NZXT sleeved LED cables (again, red ilumination).
    2x Cooler Master 200mm fans (again, red ilumination) which where used to measure exactly the cuts on the top where they will be fitted.

    Sorry but no water cooling in this one for now, might change my mind, depends on what kind of space I have left once Iīve decided where everythingīs going to go.

    Aside from that list, I bought a ton of cables and all sorts of bits and pieces a couple of weeks ago, including fan black fan filters which will look perfect in order to make the surface as clean as possible.

    And well, thatīs about it for today. I hope I have another update for you guys soon, hopefully next week as I am pretty packed this week and I do want to get APASF done and done.

    Cheers!

    PS: About the name, while it may look like it has to do with the red lighting it will have, it doesnīt really as the desk is mostly black. Itīs actually because at my place we call the old server "Crimson" due to itīs red details, the fact itīs in my red room and the fact it gets stupidly hot in summer, almost expecting it to be red hot so I kind of wanted to keep the "pet" name and thatīs the why
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    On a side note, while sorting out the workshop I found a little something I had completely forgotten about, a rather old but fully functional via itx system, with a 1ghz via cpu and 1gb of ram, if I remember correctly itīs power needs are rather low, so, I have to make some measurements but if I could also fit this in here and add a switch inside as well, I could use that for overnight downloading, set up rsync between both so when both are on (i.e. in the morning) all downloaded stuff will automatically be copied on to the main server.

    Iīm also debating raid solutions for the main server, considering all drives are of different sizes Iīm wondering what I could do, mostly so I donīt see so many drives in windows or linux (havenīt chosen yet what Iīll use) specially since I plan to add even more drives (having 11 sata ports and all), any suggestions are more than welcomed! Jbod came to mind but of course that means if one drive is lost, the whole thing is screwed so... no.
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    As it turns out I had some time today to work on this so, update!

    My original idea was to fill the "T" with 6mm glass, however Iīve been recommended by several people in that area not to do so because aparently cutting one single glass piece in this shape would not be very sturdy so instead I went with plexy. I have several bits and pieces of it in the workshop but unfortunately non that are 6mm so instead of having to go out and buy a new 6mm piece, I found some 1mm and 5mm so figured Iīd cut those two to size and use it instead (no sense to waste decent material!) Have in mind that the final look will have all those wood-colour parts painted so it will all match.

    Unfortunately I didnīt get my camera back today as I thought I would so, phone pictures again, sorry about that.

    So first I cut the 1mm to size:



    And here we go:



    Thereīs some sanding needed for a perfect fit though:



    Perfect! it was a pain to do though, 1mm is somewhat fragile and itīs very easy to over-sand the sides.

    I also found that I already had one of these cutting tools so no need for the one I bought, Iīll be taking it back tomorrow as this old one works just fine, plus I am fan of bosch for power tools but they are always so expensive. Anyhow, started on the 5mm piece, this is much easier to work with.





    Just need to do the round borders now and hopefully Iīm done with that by tomorrow. The plan is to aply a smoked effect vynil between both pieces as Iīm really liking the smoked look, so I will go out and see if I can find some tomorrow. After that, I will paint the parts of the plexy that sit on the standoffs black as opposed to painting the surface of the standoff black in order to get a perfectly smooth look.

    On a side note, brought up the small via itx pc from the workshop and Iīve started taking it apart and will check if it still works shortly. But itīs definately looking promising! I still have to do some calculations taking in to account the lenght of both motherboards, the psu and the pico psu to make sure I can fit all the backplates properly (i.e. if thereīs enough space) in to the back of the desk.





    Here are the specs:
    http://www.viaembedded.com/en/produc.../1/VB7001.html

    Iīll update when I make the calculations and check if this thing still lives!
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    Little update today

    This morning I finished the plexy and I have to say, it couldnīt fit any better or tighter. Originally I was debating wether I should screw it or glue it down or simply leave it alone but, considering how tight it fits, itīs not going to vibrate or go anywhere so, itīs perfect, hell it wasnīt easy taking it out again (as I will be painting the wood).



    And just so you can see how it could look like minus the paint and filters.



    Hopefully I can play around with the VIA mobo this evening and do the calculations I needed to do as yesterday it was pretty much instant K.O, needed to catch up with sleep!

    PS: I also aplied the slight smoked tint vynil to the 5mm plexy on the underside (so itīs between both pieces). The guy from the vynil shop did say that I may encounter issues since plastic contracts and expands with heat and then cold (on/off server) but I may get lucky since the temps arenīt that much and itīs between two pieces. I took the risk as it wasnīt expensive and worst comes to worst, Iīll take the vynil off and aply some smoked lacquer instead. Unfortunately I took no pictures and you donīt see it because the plexyīs top layer protection is still on, no sense taking that off until the end to prevent it from getting dirty.
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    So itīs been a full year since my last update, other modding projects, work and life in general got in the way, but Iīve now resumed work on this project. So, did the cut out on the base of the desk for the trapdoor. Remember the desk has 2 floors in order to hide cables between them and the trap door is to be able to access these cables without making a mess or taking stuff apart. I then added the hinges and the locks. Itīs unfortunately painfully obvious itīs my first time working with wood (rather than making other materials look like wood), but this wonīt be seen unless you go under the desk so itīs one of those "itīll do" cases I think. Have in mind that the "exposed" wood will be painted so as not to stand out from the rest of the desk (black).





    Started assembly of the sides. The back will have to come out again in order to make the cutout for the I/O of the 2 boards inside but I need it to be in for now for the sake of measurements for the other parts.



    Started to put the "fake floor" in to place and tested the trap door, all seems well.







    In order to match the other desk in the room where itīll be (as I explained in the opening post, this is an "extension"), I can only do the desk so high and so deep, which after measurement, taking the thickness of the wood in to account (even though the fake floor is 1cm thick as oposed to the rest which are 2cm) it only leaves me with 2cm high open space to hide the cables, itīs going to be tight. but the trap door helps a lot for this very reason and will keep the end result nice and tidy.

    On a side note, Iīve also decided to move away from the VIA board, and acquired a Gigabyte GA-C1037UN-EU which still has a very low power footprint (which is the whole point of the second board which gets left on 24h) and comes with an integrated 1.8 dual core celeron which should work much better in hash checking than the VIA 1Ghz single core cpu (plus it was quite cheap, 64€).

    Aniway thatīs all for today, should be able to work more on it tomorrow.

    As always, thanks for reading!
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    Hi Everyone,

    Small update in terms of work, but, it was very fullfilling.

    I finished mounting the "fake floor" and I think it came out great, Iīm so glad I had the idea for it, as itīs going to make my life so much easier keeping things tidy and clean..



    Yes, itīs filthy, bare with me, no point cleaning it while Iīm still working on it I added the front part (though didnīt mount it as thereīs no need for it till much later in the build process) to see if all fits nicely, and it does!



    thankfully, measurements where correct and the fake floor goes up as much as it can, leaving 2cm playroom between it and the real base (with trapdoor). But yeah, very close!





    It goes without saying, as mentioned in previous updates that all "exposed" wood will be painted in a matching black colour once Iīm done. So, I took apart a really old case (from a prefabīd ACER), and cut out what I needed and piled the rest (I keep a couple of old cases always at hand for recycling and scrap metal bits):



    And this is what I needed.





    Of course, this and all other parts will be painted, some of the hardware will be aswell as it is usual of my projects.

    Quick test. Tomorrow (if I have time) Iīll be cutting it down to the exact size of the M-ATX motherboard Iīm using, but for now...







    Next up, I still havenīt decided what possition to put all the drives in (youīd think I wouldīve decided that before starting the project but it was pointless as I had a very specific set of measurements to work with, for better or worse due to where this desk module has to go), have in mind itīll be around 10-14 drives in total. So, I came up with a couple of options. First of, on the left lower side,



    I am however worried about vibration since they are only held from one side. I like the concept because since the mounting will be painted black, it could give the impresion the hard drives are "floating" but I am worried about vibration, so an alternative would be:





    Nowhere near as nice but it wouldnīt vibrate this way. Anyhow, regardless of if they are attached on both sides or not, thereīs 2 options in terms of where the other 5-6 drives go, first is on opposite sides (yes I know itīs on top of the mainboard mounting plate but have in mind this will be cut down to size and Iīm 100% sure there is space for this:



    The other option is simply use the whole left side for the drives, I checked and it still leaves enough space for the second mobo (ITX).



    Another thing to take in to consideration is the fact the first option may work better due to ventilation locations, but Iīm concerned the hdds under both fans will diminish airflow.









    And well, thatīs all for today, hopefully some more tomorrow (though I think itīll be Monday now as not much "free" time tomorrow at all.

    As always, thanks for reading!
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    Hi Everyone,

    Another "small" update today, simply didnīt have time for more. So Iīve decided I will split the hard drives between both sides. Why? Because Iīve decided to add a fan at the back for intake and the two 200mm fans on top will do the extracting which are located right on top of the hard drives so the heat out of the hdds (which in this case, realistically is the main source of heat) wonīt remain inside. This also means that I have enough space to mount the PSU at the back and not have to route the powercable to a female adaptor at the back. Iīve also cut the mobo tray down to the size I require. So this is the final possition of the HDD mounts.





    It took me the better part of 2 hours to throughly clean both hdd mounts and the mobo tray, that acer case was at least 7 years old and it came from someone who used it pretty much every day for work and did not mantain it much at all so you can imagine the amount of grit, dust and general dirtyness these parts had. Water was not enough, I had to give it a 15-20 min vinegar bath (just about enough to loosen the grit but not corrode the metal) followed by scrubbing followed by cotton and alcohol, eventually though, I got them as clean as they where ever going to be and prepped for paint.





    Primer on.





    And as silly as it sounds, Iīm quite proud of this little trick, I mixed (different ratios) glossy black and matt black, to get a kind of metallic shine but keeping the matt look so I could match the desk color as close as possible and here is the result.







    As you can see the colour is quite a good match, unfortunately there was only so much I could do with these old metal parts and itīs most definately not the smoothest paintjob Iīve ever done due to the surface,. if they where smooth surfaces I couldīve just grinded them down but the nature of these parts makes it, not impossible, but not really worth the huge fuss it would take to do so, all in all, I think it looks great (on a side note, the shine and reflection makes it look like itīs not a solid coat, but in fact it has 2 coats and I assure you itīs solid, itīs just the reflections you see in the photos).





    Thatīs it in terms of work done today, it may not look like much but it took quite a while between the cleaning, experimenting with the paint mixture ratios and the coats (plus the final clear lacquer coat).

    Iīve been planning the color pattern Iīll be giving the HDDs as well, itīs going to look quite good if I get it right (Iīm aware of the risks of painting an HDD, however if youīve seen any of my other projects youīll see thereīs a way to do it safely so no worries, itīs never caused me any trouble or damaged drives). Iīm thinking tomorrow Iīll be cutting the back for the I/O plate and PCI slots for the first mobo, however Iīll have to wait till the ITX mobo gets here (tuesday or wednesday) before I can measure what space I have and depending on that Iīll know where the fan will be located. Iīll also start checking the 20odd drives I have to see which are in perfect condition and decide which to use. Which also means taking apart the current server and adding 2 3tb drives to the VIA ITX to use as server meanwhile, so busy day in deed!

    As always, thanks for reading.
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    Hi Everyone,

    Todayīs update is a bit late, this is because todayīs update is all about hard drives. I (finally) took the server apart (finally finished copying all its files from its hard drives in to 2x 3Tb drives). I knew a couple of its drives where on their way out and I knew for a fact one was dead (just never got round to taking them out as it wasnīt straight forward, I made the mistake when I first put it togueter to not label which drive was what and tagging the cables for easy id. I also went through my workshop and put togueter all the drives I could find (if they where still there it was because when I left them there they where working, but at least a couple of them had been sitting in storage for years. So all in all it was a VERY good idea to just sit down and test every single HDD. In total it was 21 of them. Thereīs another 3tb and another (not including one of the 2 3tb drives I used for backing up the server) 750Gb drive, these 2 I use in my day to day PC, the 750 for documents, photos, music, etc and the 3tb for essentially steam, origin, desura and non-platform dependant games. So, in total 21 drives which are avaliable for the server. Out of these 21 I had to choose 11+1 Optical media (6 through mobo ports, 2 through PCI-E card, and 4 [2sata+2ide through another PCI card]) and then another extra drive for the secondary ITX board.



    First I used Speedfan (SMART tab) for basic SMART status, straight up, 2 failed (badly). One was actually "OK" according to SMART but, part of the test I was doing to all drives was deleting their partitions (if any) and giving them one sole partition per drive (taking all space avaliable on each drive). 1 of these 2 drives simply would not format. To make sure I tried through diskpart and then again through Ubuntu (as opposed to Windows 7), nothing. The second of those two had the dreaded nasty clicking sound and mobo simply would not even recognise it. So thatīs 19 drives left that, according to SMART are "OK" after giving each and everyone of them an "extended test" through Speedfan. I also removed the OCZ 120Gb SSD from the list, because Iīm still not sure I want to use that for the ITX OS, though while I write this, Iīve decided I will, no point buying another 60Gb SSD simply so I donīt need to use that 120Gb which Iīm not using for anything else aniway.



    Secondly, and after stressing all those drives, I tested them through Crystal Mark (Crystaldisk). Out of 19, 4 displayed in yellow (RISK), all 4 had the same reason, max allowed number of unallocated sectors (100+), but in terms of fitness they where OK, but for the sake of elimination, Iīm putting them aside (the 4 on the right).



    The remaining 15 passed with flying colors (if youīre curious about the green and blue drives, They where used in previous projects, which is the why of their color . Out of those 15 I chose 10 HDDs, 1 SSD and 1 CD/DVD RW drive, making a total of 10 sata devices and 2 IDE devices. Why they IDE you may ask? Simple, I have 2 500Gb IDE drives that seemed like a waste not to use and found a cheap PCI card that included one IDE port (so, 2 devices with a dual-connector IDE cable) and 2 SATA1 connectors (which while very speed limited, itīs not a big deal, Iīll be using those drives for cold storage). for 13€ (18USD give or take), so here is the final selection.



    Have in mind all these will be going on the M-ATX mobo, the extra SSD for the ITX mobo is missing from these pictures. As to why only one drive for the ITX? Simple, the ITX mobo is low power consumption (quite low actually) and is the one Iīll be using for overnight downloading, so all it needs is the one drive, files can then be moved through network to the M-ATX storage.

    The next step is to prep them for customizing, so, stickers off! (Notice the note on the right letting me know which drive is which by mantaining the order).



    These drives need some serious cleaning before anything can be done but at this point is was very late (or early depends on how you see AM hours) and did not feel like doing that then. I could however not resist mounting them to see how it will look in place so I added a little note to each drive so I donīt loose the order (to knoe which drive is what) and mounted them. So here goes (note that the extra SSD for the ITX will be located in that empty slot in the rack on the left).







    As planned, they are located just underneath the extraction 200mm fans.







    As a last note, I was planning on shaving the mounts off so theyīd sit straight on the base, but I kind of really like that little inclination, what do you think?



    Also, remember I was worried about only attaching the drives on one side (2 screws per drive) due to vibration? Well as it turns out, when the screws are fully on, the drives donīt move/jiggle at all so Iīm thinking itīll be ok. Worst comes to worse, I think instead of adding another mount on top I could simple add 2 metal stripes per mount on top to add further rigidness to the drives without sacrificing aesthetics (I may do that regardless, Iīm liking the concept in my head).

    Well, thatīs it for today. I know todayīs update was just about hard drives and not much visually done (at all) to the actual inside (did you notice the M-ATX mobo is in!? And no, thatīs not the heatsink that will be used, it was simply what was on it) but itīs just one of those things that takes a long time if you want to make sure you put in the right drives out of what you have. Anyhow, as always...

    ...thanks for reading!
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    Hi Everyone,

    Continuing on yesterdays update, today I removed all the grit and dirt from the hard drives and got them ready for paint. Most of them are seagate which do not normally have a breating hole up top and this makes it easier, for WD and other drives that do normally have them, really the safest way is to cover that whole with masking tape, once the rest is painted, paint carefully around it by hand, not as great of a finish but itīll do the trick. It goes without saying that if you want to do this, you really have to be carefull and cover up all the sensitive bits in a hard drive, including plausible openings.



    I started with the paint and while I wait for the first coat to dry I received a package! And here it is, the ITX, secondary board.



    After the second coat, the color coat, detailing the WD drives, and lacquer, here is the final result of the hard drives (excluding the 2.5" drives which I havenīt done yet).













    And thatīs it for today folks, my feet ache and as always...

    ...thanks for reading!
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