Anyone added a third HD to a Fusion 430?

Stephen Neal

Distinguished Member
The Fusion 430 case has two 5.25" drive bays - but one is filled with the VFD or LCD and IR receiver, leaving just one 5.25" bay free, below the VFD, for a front loading optical drive. There are also two, nicely designed 3.5" hard drive bays with rubber support grommets to damp any hard drive sound.

However the VFD only occupies a very small bit of the second drive bay. Has anyone mounted a third 3.5" hard drive in their Fusion case, behind the VFD/LCD module?

I'm assuming a 5.25 to 3.5 mounting kit will work - but wondered if anyone could reccomend models suitable for HTPC use with similar rubber grommets to those used in the other drive bays in the Fusion?

Seems to be a neat way to increase the storage capacity without using external HDs?
 

Stephen Neal

Distinguished Member
Just to say - have managed to do this with no hassles at all. Bought a Scythe Drive Stabiliser II - which converts a 3.5" drive to a 5.25" mounting and uses 4 rubber mounts to isolate the hard drive from the rest of the case. Cost about £5. Fits into the bay behind the Fusion's VFD with no problem at all.

Very pleased - now have three hard drives in my Fusion 430 Silver-based HTPC - though it won't take long to fill the third as I become addicted to having all my DVDs available on-demand in MyMovies!
 

gvers

Well-known Member
Thanks for the info. I've just ordered my Fusion (delivery next week) and wanted to try to put 3 x 3.5 drives in and a 2.5 for the OS.
 

Stephen Neal

Distinguished Member
Three x 3.5" SATA drives are no problem at all - as I've just discovered this morning!

Two x 3.5" drives fit in the standard mounting rack provided, and one can be used in the blocked off second optical bay with a 3.5" to 5.25" adaptor behind the VFD/LCD. I'd suggest going for one with some acoustic isolation - the rubber support one I went for was only a couple of pounds more than a set of standard metal brackets.

Not sure where would be best to mount the 2.5 drive though - you'll be on your own with tie wraps for that I suspect!

It might fit above the PSU thinking about it - if you have the stock Antec PSU there is a bit of space above it?
 

gvers

Well-known Member
I've already got the cable ties and a mounting bracket from an old laptop:thumbsup:. It should help in connecting the cable ties to the drive:D. If it works out OK i'll post some pics.
 
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kmark40

Novice Member
sorry for bringing back this old thread. i am thinking of utilizing the 5.25" drive in my fusion, but am looking at getting the Zalman ZM-2H2C cooler instead. Any thoughts?
 

aphillippe

Novice Member
I've gone for a ghetto solution. Made my own mount from some sturdy pieces of foam, with plenty of space for the disks to breathe. I've got 3 x 1Tb greens plus 1 x 1Tb F1, with space for another to make three behind the vfd. BTW I don't have an optical drive.
 

Hambox

Novice Member
Just to say - have managed to do this with no hassles at all. Bought a Scythe Drive Stabiliser II - which converts a 3.5" drive to a 5.25" mounting...
Thanks! I've been looking at NAS solutions having filled both my Seagate 1.5TBs (twice for one as it failed...) so this solution will help prolong having to fork out for one.
 

Razor

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Buckster

Distinguished Member
daft question - I have a Fusion 2480 case

if I do up the HDD furthest away from front of case - I can't put in the SATA power/data connectors in as part of the case is in the way ?!!

HDDs are WD Caviars
 

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