Go Back   Hardware Canucks > CASES & COOLING > Cases

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 21, 2012, 06:59 PM
dlf dlf is offline
Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 17

My System Specs

Default Internal vs External 3.5" drive bays

Is a external 3.5" drive bay actually external (all the cases I've looked at don't seem like it) and what would the difference be between an 'internal' 3.5" drive bay? Also besides optical drives what are the main other uses of 5.25" drive bays (yes I know the floppy disc)? The case I most likely will buy when I build my computer (see a good long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig) is Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case - PCPartPicker. Just looking at others as well . . .
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 21, 2012, 08:27 PM
MacJunky's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Creston, BC
Posts: 1,716

My System Specs

Default

5.25" bay uses eh?
card readers
fan controllers
reservoirs
hotswap bays
tiny displays for random crap
etc
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 21, 2012, 11:50 PM
Galcobar's Avatar
MVP
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Richmond, B.C.
Posts: 437

My System Specs

Default

When included in a case description, the terms internal and external refer to access. An external drive is one which is accessible from outside the case, which basically means it's mounted to have one end flush with the case exterior as you'd see with an optical drive or floppy disk drive. Items which need to be accessible from the outside, such as fan controllers, digital readouts and the like also use external bays.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 21, 2012, 11:53 PM
dlf dlf is offline
Rookie
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 17

My System Specs

Default

I doubt most external drive bays (lest 2.5/3.5) are hot swappable. Though I might be wrong.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 22, 2012, 02:19 PM
MacJunky's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Creston, BC
Posts: 1,716

My System Specs

Default

It should be noted for clarity that when I talk about desktop hotswap stuff it is 90% of the time HDD/SSD related.
There are a couple cases that come with hotswap capability built in. Otherwise you have to buy a 5.25" -> 3.5" or 3.5" -> 2.5" hotswap unit. It is only worth it if you move around HDDs a lot.

I have a 3x 5.25 -> 4x 3.5" but you can get them in different capacities too. They just connect like any normal SATA device. I like mine at the top of my case with 24" SATA cables. :P
But you do need the free ports to support it and have your ports set to AHCI. The cables are attached to the box and the HDD itself or the HDD in a tray quickly slides in and out connecting to a backplane.
The downside is that they can be really expensive considering the basic materials involved.. >:(

I do not have a closeup on hand but you can see it in these.


IIRC, NCIX has very few but Newegg has many more.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is it possible to Convert 1tb goflex seagate external drive to internal? gamekraze Storage 6 December 19, 2011 09:09 AM
1TB+ External HDD Case and 3.5" Drive OR External HDD Bond007 Storage 0 August 18, 2011 06:02 PM
Case with 14 3.5" drive bays Blu Cases 5 February 11, 2011 07:20 AM
3 extra 3.5" drive bays sindraod New Builds 4 November 18, 2009 12:28 PM