Here's a simple idea for owners of the Antec 3700AMB/3000B case. I don't think I've seen this before, but if someone else has posted this in the past, my apologies! There's a complete writeup on my website
. (Note, though, at the time of this writing, the website is still lacking some polish and narration, but the pics are there---watch out though, the pics on the website are huge).
In short, I wanted something that was easier than Aphonos' frameless elastic suspension alternative
---something that didn't require any modification to the drive cage, and was easy to get the drives level. (Note: some say it doesn't matter if drives aren't perfectly level, others say it's a must. Until there's a definitive answer, I'm sticking with the conservative approach, and personally making a requirement that it's a must.)
My first attempt was using "Stretch Magic", as you can see below in the next two pics. This is a quick and easy method to pull off, but very hard (if not impossible) to get the drive to level. If you look at the pictures, you can see that the drive actually unlevel in across two planes.
So here's my current idea: use some kind of stretchy material (I used bungee cord in the following pics) to create two groups of two X's across the cage (the picture makes more sense than my verbage!
). You can see below that the bungee cord holds this drive rigid enough to meet my "perfectly level" requirement.
The biggest problem I see with this idea is that I don't have any protection for the shock cord. I had to pull the grommets out of the hard drive cage in order to fit the cord through the mounting holes. (I'm sure there's a simple way to protect the cords, I just haven't figured it out yet!)
Finally, here's the same idea re-implemented with Stretch Magic. In this case, I definately
need some method of protecting the cord from the cage (at least for the bottom holes). This job is pretty sloppy, admittedly, but it was just a proof-of-concept.
For what it's worth, I initially ran one length of Stretch Magic to determine how long the other three lengths should be. I came up with 42", which is really to short to tie once you get to the end. If I did this again, I'd probably use 50 or even 60 inches of stretch magic per run. That stuff is just too hard to tie if you don't have a lot of length to work with (and sweaty hands make it even harder).
I haven't put this method into production yet. I actually found some side-mounting hard drive heatsinks that I'll use when this goes in the computer. Also, I need to find a better material (probably just go with smaller diameter bungee cord), and most importantly, some kind of protection for the cords themselves (protection from the rough edges of the drive cage that is).
Thanks for looking!