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February 16, 2014 4:18:53 PM

Hi Guys,

I recently got myself a Zaman Z11 Plus case and a Samsung 840 EVO SSD. Here's one way the manual describes installing an SSD:



But the problem with me is that "Bolt B" is to wide to fit into the hole straight, which means it is at too much of an angle to enter the SSD below it. Here is a picture to illustrate



Also, in the instructions it says to insert screws in the bottom aswell. However, for me there are no screw holes as indicated. There are just... bumps.



Is this just a problem for me? Am I doing something wrong? Or is this a design error in the case.

Thanks,
Marmaduke
a b Ô Samsung
February 16, 2014 4:30:34 PM

Looks like a design error to me.
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a b Ô Samsung
February 16, 2014 4:36:43 PM

I searched other sites for the review and zalman website too, it looks like defected because it should have the hole.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/fullimage.php?image=4359...
http://www.legitreviews.com/zalman-z11-plus-black-case-...

Call or email zalman, or use the storage cage.
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February 16, 2014 4:44:07 PM

MarmadukeTheHamster said:
cin19 said:
I searched other sites for the review and zalman website too, it looks like defected because it should have the hole.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/fullimage.php?image=4359...
http://www.legitreviews.com/zalman-z11-plus-black-case-...

Call or email zalman, or use the storage cage.


What about the fact that the screws can't fit straight?


Possibly find screw with the same threads but smaller heads.
For the places where there should be holes but aren't....drill it out.

Or send the case back and make them replace it.
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February 16, 2014 5:12:30 PM

USAFRet said:
MarmadukeTheHamster said:
cin19 said:
I searched other sites for the review and zalman website too, it looks like defected because it should have the hole.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/fullimage.php?image=4359...
http://www.legitreviews.com/zalman-z11-plus-black-case-...

Call or email zalman, or use the storage cage.


What about the fact that the screws can't fit straight?


Possibly find screw with the same threads but smaller heads.
For the places where there should be holes but aren't....drill it out.

Or send the case back and make them replace it.


It's not really worth me sending it back. I'm not too worried about the SSD going there; I'll just find somewhere else to put the HDD.

Thanks though
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April 5, 2014 4:57:40 AM

If you don't want to return it, buy the 2.5" HDD/ SSD bracket and install the ssd into the hard drive bay, or using the tap to fix it inside the case.
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April 5, 2014 5:03:38 AM

cin19 said:
If you don't want to return it, buy the 2.5" HDD/ SSD bracket and install the ssd into the hard drive bay, or using the tap to fix it inside the case.


I found there's a tray included for SSDs in the front bay, but Zalman didn't machine a screw hole on the front of the case meaning once that panel's removed it may never go back in place. If it does it will be on one screw. I used the dedicated SSD mount location. If you put one side in first, then screw in the other it fits perfect with the little the metal mounds filling up the screw holes on the other side. Thankfully I broke my Blu Ray player software disc, so the seller sent a new set of screws, cables and disc and I used those screws for the drive, because like the OP's there isn't enough clearance for Zalman's ones
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April 7, 2014 3:50:24 PM

The Z11 looks good, but does have a few problems with the stock fans. The dedicated SSD holder had me fooled for a while, but all you need to do is locate the bottom holes on the SSD over the 'bumps' in the lower brackets and the SSD locates easily, and then insert the top screws.

My problem was that I needed a SATA power cable extension to reach the SSD. Putting the SSD in a front bay wouldn't have needed an extension cable (for me).
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