Since I only plan to use one HD I would like to remove the cage (for better airflow) and mount my HD to one of the external 3.5" drive bays. Is this possible or am I stuck with the cage?
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You can stick it where ever you want, if you aren't going to use a floppy then go ahead and use that top spot, there are also conversion kits to fit the 3.5" hdd into a 5.25" drive bay.
I figured it would be ok, I just wanted to make sure that 3.5" external bays have their screw holes in the right spots for a hard drive. I didn't want to come across any surprises after buying the case.