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What to put in an otherwise useless 5.25" drive bay?

Hi,

Any ideas what to do with an otherwise useless 5.25" drive bay (desktop)?

Currently I have a broken optical drive there (*), and of course I could put a working one here instead, but seems like I would get better QOL with just some eye candy instead. Or, it could also be something useful, like USB type C ports, since I don't currently have any on my desktop. Perhaps there exist some slim drive + useful port -combinations out there? Perhaps there's some other uses I could not even think about. Even something like a useless cup holder just for giggles would be something I'd consider 馃槈. If there was a 5.25" floppy + 3.5" floppy + usb type-C combo unit for such drive bays, I would by it in a heartbeat - with or without RGB, but I would prefer one with RGB! 馃槅

What are your thoughts? Have you found any fun uses for these drive bays? Searches can find many cheap combo units, and for example, expensive and cool-as-s*t -looking聽fan controllers! Military style H/W switch!

Useless and useful suggestions are welcome!


In my case (no pun intended), there is ample space inside the computer otherwise, but this could be a general discussion thread for uses for these bays. Some might consider using it for a drive bay reservoir or pump for water cooling, though in my case I think there are other, better use(lessnessee)s!

Cheers!

p.s. was not sure if this or the cases section would be better, decided to post here in the end...

*) I rarely use optical media these days, and noticed my old optical drive on my desktop seems dead anyways (or, it's reasonably probable it has a broken cable, but could also be the drive itself)

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Drawers are cheap to mess around with, can mod with holes, lights and all the RGBs if your keen to cut into it.

#Cheap being the Primary reason to cut into it and mess around.


https://www.umart.com.au/DESKTOP-5-25--ACCESSORIES-DRAWER_24491G.html
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56 minutes ago, Derkoli said:

I highly doubt anything like this are being anymore and Yellowdog had something like this as well with a PowerPC Chip and used Yellowdog Linux that you plug into a 5 1/2 Bay. In case anyone cares:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Dog_Linux

40 minutes ago, SkilledRebuilds said:

Drawers are cheap to mess around with, can mod with holes, lights and all the RGBs if your keen to cut into it.

#Cheap being the Primary reason to cut into it and mess around.


https://www.umart.com.au/DESKTOP-5-25--ACCESSORIES-DRAWER_24491G.html
24491.jpg

This at least would be useful for me since I have clutter on my desk and tend to lose stuff in said clutter.

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I'm leaning on these drawers at the moment.

Not that much bling/RGB, but in principle it is easy to mod whatever one wants later on 馃槈 . USB Type C? Add your own port & hole! Knobs for fan control? Sure, can be done! LCD-screen? Fits! You may still have some room to keep a receipt or something afterwards inside the drawer 馃槈

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