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ATX case WITH handle that can hold 12 drives

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August 8, 2012 9:34:33 PM

I'm looking for a case that can handle and ATX mobo and 12 3.5" internal drives as well as at least one optical drive. This can be done by using 4-in-3 5.25"-3.5" adapters if necessary. So far I've been able to find a case that has a handle and holds 12 harddrives but wouldnt have any room for an optical drive as well. Or I've found cases that can hold 12 drives + the optical drive BUT dont have a handle.

Also not looking to spend more than ~200
August 8, 2012 10:54:28 PM

I thought about that, but how safe is it to mod a case for handles that wasnt designed to handle weight in that manner? Especially when its loaded up with 12 drives and a big power supply.
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August 8, 2012 11:49:05 PM

16 disk server chassis are available and handles can be attached if needed
they cost about $1000
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August 9, 2012 11:49:12 AM

Like i said, not looking to spend over $200. There are 12-20 disk server chassis out there that cost around $300. Also, most server chassis dont have any place for a 5.25" optical drive.
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August 9, 2012 12:08:24 PM

amfrick123 said:
I thought about that, but how safe is it to mod a case for handles that wasnt designed to handle weight in that manner? Especially when its loaded up with 12 drives and a big power supply.

Perfectly safe .. the handles attatch through the top panel and through the frame in the top of the case .. The case itself is very light as the the frame and skin both are aluminium .. no steel anywhere ... I have one ;) 
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August 9, 2012 12:48:50 PM

I guess that would depend on the particular case you use. A lot of the cases I've seen dont have much of a frame, they are just sheet metal. Do you have the case that you linked to previously?
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August 10, 2012 12:01:04 AM

yup ... I do
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August 10, 2012 12:35:12 AM

amfrick123 said:
A lot of the cases I've seen dont have much of a frame, they are just sheet metal.

Most cases these days do not really need a frame since they get plenty of stiffness from rolled and bent edges on structural parts.
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August 10, 2012 9:48:37 AM

this one has more than enough frame to mount handles to . In the event that they didnt you could easily add more aluminium in the mount locations with a few pop-rivets or self tapping sheetmetal screws ( approx . $ 10.00 )
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