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Mounting an Optical Drive in the O11 Dynamic

Success! Nothing a pair of wirecutters, a couple pieces of paper, and a whole lot of electrical tape couldn't solve.

 

The drive cage has a couple brackets used to screw it to the case. I took them off of the cage and used them for the optical drive, which fits when the brackets are screwed in upside down. There's a small metal bar on the bottom of the bracket that prevents the tray from opening, so I snipped the bars off with a pair of wirecutters.

 

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Next, I just had to attach the optical drive to the brackets. The holes to screw together didn't align at all, so I went with electrical tape instead. I used one piece that goes behind the drive from bracket to bracket to keep the drive from getting pushed back into the case, and then a couple winds around the brackets to essentially compress them into the drive. The optical drive was actually ever so slightly smaller than what was needed to align the brackets with the screw holes on the case, so I used a couple folded pieces of paper on either side as wedges.

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It's not pretty or high-tech, but it works. I probably could've gotten a much less janky result if I'd drilled some holes in the brackets to attach them to the optical drive instead of relying on compression.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Optical drive barely fits in place of hard drive cage'

 

If I remove the hard drive cage of the O11 Dynamic XL, there's a near perfect spot to fit my optical drive. My only limitation is finding a secure way to mount it - I tried fashioning a solution out of parts from the hard drive cage, but they were just a bit too restrictive to get it in the right spot.

 

Any suggestions on how I could mount it? Ideally I'd model and 3D print a bracket, but I don't have a 3D printer.

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3 minutes ago, ChipioIndustries said:

Any suggestions on how I could mount it? Ideally I'd model and 3D print a bracket, but I don't have a 3D printer.

You'll probably want two probably metal pieces that mount on either side of the drive and hopefully can mount to the top panel.

These will support themselves on the outer screw holes and will support the drive itself a bit, through two other metal pieces that will actually screw into the drive.

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Hope this kind of show the idea I had in mind.

 

Or of course you can also get an external BD drive, but those are usually at 70-90 USD so... Might be worth it to ghetto rig something :D


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55 minutes ago, ChipioIndustries said:

Optical drive barely fits in place of hard drive cage'

 

If I remove the hard drive cage of the O11 Dynamic XL, there's a near perfect spot to fit my optical drive. My only limitation is finding a secure way to mount it - I tried fashioning a solution out of parts from the hard drive cage, but they were just a bit too restrictive to get it in the right spot.

 

Any suggestions on how I could mount it? Ideally I'd model and 3D print a bracket, but I don't have a 3D printer.

you can run an esta or external sata an power

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@thrasher_565Connecting the drive to the computer isn't the problem - I have the cables for that. I'm just trying to come up with a way to securely integrate it into the case.

 

@miniboisUnfortunately there aren't any holes at the top of the case, and the top cover needs to be able to slide on flush.

 

I'm messing with the drive cage a bit more, and might be getting somewhere. I'll update the thread if I can figure something out.

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Success! Nothing a pair of wirecutters, a couple pieces of paper, and a whole lot of electrical tape couldn't solve.

 

The drive cage has a couple brackets used to screw it to the case. I took them off of the cage and used them for the optical drive, which fits when the brackets are screwed in upside down. There's a small metal bar on the bottom of the bracket that prevents the tray from opening, so I snipped the bars off with a pair of wirecutters.

 

20200916_160525.thumb.jpg.2b5c95626d8bb34a3f3bdad9dd109cab.jpg

 

Next, I just had to attach the optical drive to the brackets. The holes to screw together didn't align at all, so I went with electrical tape instead. I used one piece that goes behind the drive from bracket to bracket to keep the drive from getting pushed back into the case, and then a couple winds around the brackets to essentially compress them into the drive. The optical drive was actually ever so slightly smaller than what was needed to align the brackets with the screw holes on the case, so I used a couple folded pieces of paper on either side as wedges.

20200916_163649.thumb.jpg.1bbd939d89f474a04f89d3fe7216f5a6.jpg

 

20200916_163702.thumb.jpg.24feccb0a537dcdb3e39e3eda0437e89.jpg

 

It's not pretty or high-tech, but it works. I probably could've gotten a much less janky result if I'd drilled some holes in the brackets to attach them to the optical drive instead of relying on compression.

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